equity initiative

Committee Timeline

  • June 2020

    Alumni and Community Petition Received by the Board of School Directors

    District Issues a Response to the Petition

    Addedum Letter from the Community Receive by the Board of School Directors

    Board of School Directors Unanimously Votes to Establish an Equity Committee

    July 2020

    Board Members Attend Equity Trainings Through PSBA

    District Extends an Open Invitation for Committee Members

    District Contracts with Adam Magerman for Equity Survey and Consulting

    District Establishes Equity Website

    August 2020

    Screening and Discussion of “Walking While Black” with Community, Peace Center and District Attorney’s Office

    First Meeting of Equity Committee

    September 2020

    Presentation from ADL “Understanding and Challenging Bias in Ourselves and Others”

    October 2020

    Curriculum Advisory Committee Presentation on Curriculum Equity Issues

    Equity Survey Created and Distributed to the Community

    Interviews Completed with Key Stakeholders in the Community

    November 2020

    Equity Survey Data Consolidated

    Student Equity Group Formed at the High School

    Equity Subcommittees Formed for Presentations, Resources, and Policy

    December 2020

    Equity Committee Met to Review Results of Survey and Begin Work on Mission and Vision of Committee

    February 2021

    Presentation from PSBA on Equity to Committee

    Equity Townhall Presentation for the Community

    March 2021

    Status Check on Progress of Committee

    April 2021 

    Review of Goals and Initiatives and Planning for 2021-2022

    Equity Committee Presentation for Board of School Directors Meeting

     

Mission

  • The New Hope-Solebury School District Equity Committee is comprised of a cross-section of stakeholders who strive to create an equitable learning and working environment for all members of the district community. We know that bias and discrimination around race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, individual learning needs, socioeconomic status, and other identity related factors, adversely affect student achievement and mental health and impede district success. We will partner with families, students, administrators, faculty, and the New Hope-Solebury community to identify and remove institutional barriers and promote a safe space for all to thrive socially, academically, and emotionally.

     

Vision

  • The NHSSD Equity Committee will lead the community’s efforts in establishing equity as a foundation of district operations. Our goals include, but are not limited to, raising students who are culturally competent and prepared for the world beyond New Hope-Solebury; creating an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming workplace and positive school culture that empowers students in a safe classroom environment; maintaining policies and procedures that prevent and address bias and discrimination; supporting ongoing professional development in equity practices and bias reduction; and maintaining an updated, unbiased K-12 curriculum that reflects and upholds these ideals. Our work will be successful when the district has the policies, protocols, and procedures in place to affirm the voices and to meet the needs of all students and employees.

Recent Equity Projects

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District Equity Resolution

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Meeting Minutes