We aim to help eliminate the opportunity gap by fostering respect for and celebration of our diversity; promote cultural unity, individual growth, and classroom and workplace harmony.
In addition, OEI/PS works with Professional Development, Teacher Development and Support, Human Resources staffing, and other divisions within the District to develop and implement an integrated professional development plan and incorporate proven, best practices that are aligned with the District’s core belief and commitment to diversity, equity, and its strategic plan.
Responsibilities under Prevention include:
- Develop programs and activities for students to give them an opportunity to gain personal skills and awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Such programs included Challenge Day, the SPIRIT (Student Problem Identification and Resolving Issues Together) Program and the Paper Clips Project, which gave students an opportunity to discuss the long-term consequences and devastating effects of hatred and intolerance.
- Develop programs and initiatives for instructional staff and schools. This included a pilot program involving three schools (Englewood High School, Southside Middle School, and Southside Estates Elementary School) that integrated social and emotional learning with academic learning to increase academic achievement and improve morale and productivity. The office worked with 15 schools for two years to increase awareness, skills, and processes to be integrated into classrooms and with adults related to equity.
- Developing diversity and cultural competence training and training related to the Principals of Professional Conduct and the District's process related to progressive discipline.