Pleasanton Unified School District's recent progress toward removing systemic academic barriers and improving educational equity among students will be presented at a special virtual meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 21), starting 5:30 p.m.
To "close equity gaps in PUSD and support all learners", Oakland-based Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting was hired earlier this year to help staff, administrators and cabinet members "build capacity and understanding of key practices and core beliefs requiring a paradigm shift."
The long-term process includes regularly scheduled workshops like the one on Tuesday, where participants ask questions, discuss assigned articles for topical reading, and consider relevant policies being used by other school districts.
On Tuesday, attendees will discuss a 2017 article by Angela Glover Blackwell titled "The Curb-Cut Effect," which dives into how the "laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or people of color, often end up benefiting all of society."
Other discussion topics during the meeting include the guiding principles of developing an equity statement and redefining student success with an equity lens. An outline for a book study schedule starting in January will also be presented.