Equity In Education Program

  • WHEN & WHAT---

    The Elizabethtown Area School District is pleased to announce that it will host a Leader In Me Equity In Education Parent/Guardian night on August 16 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. This program is for parents/guardians of current students in our District (K-12).

    The purpose of this special evening is to introduce our parents/guardians to the Leader In Me Equity in Education model, which is new to the District this school year. This expanded Leader In Me effort is designed to ensure that our schools feel safe and are conducive to learning for all by helping our faculty and families build practical skills that allow them to recognize biases that get in the way of equity and counter the potentially harmful effects.

    Parents/Guardians are critical stakeholders in our education system. This session will empower our families to foster a more equitable environment where all students have the support and relationships needed for academic success.


    PURPOSE---

    Leader In Me’s Equity In Education program deepens our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is designed to support ALL students by creating a more positive school culture for everyone. The Equity In Education program is not a curriculum for students. It is a training delivered to the ADULTS connected to our students (teachers, parents, other adults in the community) designed to equip them with information to help build student leadership capacity. Our anticipated outcome from the Leader In Me Equity In Education program is that we remove barriers to learning so all of our students come to school ready to learn and have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. (SOURCE: Leader In Me)


    DEFINITIONS---

    Leader In Me (LIM): Leader In Me is an internationally-recognized program built around acclaimed author Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Leader in Me is a research-validated comprehensive process designed to address college and career readiness, and the development of a strong leadership culture. It empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. World-class coaches support implementation excellence and professional development essential for sustained academic achievement. LIM is based on timeless principles of effective leadership, and the process develops leadership capacity in students that directly relates to the District's Life Ready Model. The framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture. Instead of focusing on academic measures alone, Leader in Me embodies a holistic approach to education, redefining how schools measure success (see: “Get” in the “See, Do Get” framework). This approach empowers educators with effective practices and tools to: (SOURCE: Leader In Me)

    • Teach LEADERSHIP to every student
    • Create a CULTURE of student empowerment
    • Align systems to drive results in ACADEMICS

     

    LIM Equity In Education: A professional development opportunity that equips educators and parents/guardians to identify and reduce bias and create an environment where all students have the support that empowers their academic success. (SOURCE: Leader In Me)

    Critical Race Theory (CRT): Critical race theory was formed in the 1980s by legal scholars and was meant to emphasize the effects of race on one's social standing. CRT is not a curriculum nor is it diversity and inclusion training. (SOURCES: thoughtco.com and americanbar.org)

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people. Inclusion is the extent to which various team members, employees, and other people feel a sense of belonging and value within a given organizational setting. The  important distinction here is that even among the most diverse teams, there’s not always a feeling of inclusion. (SOURCE: Leader In Me)


    FACT OR FICTION--

    FACT OR FICTION: Is the Leader In Me Equity In Education Program another name for Critical Race Theory?

    FICTION. The Leader In Me Equity In Education program is neither a curriculum nor is it Critical Race Theory. The Equity In Education program is designed to ensure that our schools feel safe and are conducive to learning for every student. This begins by helping our team of teachers, support staff, administrators, and families build practical skills that allow them to recognize biases that get in the way of equity and counter the potentially harmful effects.

    FACT OR FICTION: Does EASD teach critical race theory in its schools?

    FICTION. Critical Race Theory IS NOT taught in our schools K-12. It is not part of any approved PA Department of Education curriculum nor is it a part of our school-board-approved curriculum.

    FACT OR FICTION: Will the LIM Equity In Education program be taught to our students?

    FICTION. The Equity In Education program is a professional development opportunity designed for adults not our students.

    FACT OR FICTION: Is teaching about “bias” connected to critical race theory?

    FICTION. Bias is defined as a preference for or against a thing, person, or group compared with another. Biases may be held by an individual, a group, or an institution. Research shows we have unconscious biases around age/generation, socioeconomic status, gender, race, job function, personality, family status, nationality, language ability, veteran status, culture, weight, height, physical ability, attractiveness, political affiliation, virtual/remote working, hair color – even the messiness of someone’s desk or their posture. These unconscious biases can have a positive, benign, or negative impact. (SOURCE: Leader In Me)


    COMING SOON---

    EASD will host a parent/guardian/community night to provide a refresher session on all aspects of the Leader In Me program (Date to be determined).

    The Leader In Me program is one of numerous interventions focused on leadership, culture, and academics that address the diverse social, economic, emotional, and family backgrounds of our students to enable access to the opportunities within the District’s Life Ready Model.


    QUESTIONS---
    If you have questions about the Leader In Me Equity in Education program, contact Richard Schwarzman, assistant to the superintendent for student support services and compliance, by phone at (717) 367-1521, ext. 10004 or by email at richard_schwarzman@etownschools.org