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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

"The following are the LCUSD Draft Commitment Statements and Definitions for Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion for adoption by the Governing Board in the 2020-2021 school year:
 
Commitment Statement
It is inherent in our district’s mission and vision to create welcoming, safe and supportive
environments for all students, staff and families. Therefore, LCUSD commits to actively
cultivating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion by embedding these key tenets as part
of our organizational values and decision-making principles. We will provide a robust and
rigorous educational program that engages, challenges and supports every learner, honors
students’ varied lived experiences and fosters feelings of empathy and belonging.
 
Diversity
LCUSD defines diversity as the array of differences which exist between people, on a personal
as well as an organizational level. Those differences include, but are not limited to race,
ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic class, ability,
religion, age, and political beliefs.
 
Equity
Equity is recognized by LCUSD as a system of fair treatment, opportunities and outcomes for
students, staff and families. It entails the provision of resources, services and instruction
required for success based upon individuals’ unique needs and circumstances. We
acknowledge the inequities that have served as barriers for systemically marginalized groups
and the need for continual analysis and action to prevent and remedy potential inequities.
 
Inclusion
Inclusion is a sense of belonging and empathy for all, fostered by a welcoming climate of care.
We recognize the shared responsibility across the LCUSD community to ensure that every
member feels valued and respected, has equitable access and opportunities, and meaningfully
contributes to and sees themselves reflected in the culture of the community." - from Superintendent's Report
(Read full report or download pdf version of report directly below.)
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Superintendent’s Report - June 30, 2020

For my Superintendent’s Report tonight, I want to revisit a 2019-2020 Superintendent’s Goal,
and attempt to contextualize and reframe it within the importance of our District’s stating
unequivocally that Black lives matter and reaffirming our commitment to addressing systemic
racism as a local educational agency.
 
Ms. Christina Hale Elliott, Principal with Elliott Educational Services, LLC, has been on contract
with the La Canada Unified School District since September 2019.
 
Just as it was a primary goal in September of 2019, it is now - but with an even greater sense of
mission and urgency - a priority of the LCUSD Governing Board and the LCUSD Community, for
the District to make marked advances and systemic progress in ensuring that the La Canada
Unified School District is a school district which models and teaches the tenets of anti-racism
and is a school district defined by the principles of equity, empathy, diversity, peace, and justice.
 
Last year, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was a Superintendent’s Goal. The goal stated: The
Superintendent shall work with the Governing Board and Leadership Team to hire a Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion Consultant for the 2019-2020 school year. The Superintendent shall
ensure the following outcomes: a needs assessment and action research within the District to
determine the policies, programs, trainings, and services which will be developed and offered;
promote and sustain equity, inclusion, and diversity trainings and programs; strengthen the
educational environment and enhance a District culture which emphasizes personal growth,
academic excellence, and core values of inclusion, wellness, and empathy. Identify where the
future coordination and oversight of these responsibilities will remain within the administration
once the independent service contract with the consultant comes to a close.
 
Many actions were taken this year to realize this goal. However, I recognize openly that our
work is just beginning and that it is far more imperative given this moment in history to embrace
this priority - especially as our world, our nation, and our community have collectively identified
that we must affirm and commit to the safety and well-being of Black people, combat hate
crimes and institutional racism, and systemically deliver an education free from discrimination.
 
So, the purpose of my report is to give a review of what we have done and a preview of our next
steps.
 
#1 - Develop an LCUSD DEI Commitment Statement and Definitions for Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion
 
The following are the LCUSD Draft Commitment Statements and Definitions for Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion for adoption by the Governing Board in the 2020-2021 school year:
 
Commitment Statement
It is inherent in our district’s mission and vision to create welcoming, safe and supportive
environments for all students, staff and families. Therefore, LCUSD commits to actively
cultivating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion by embedding these key tenets as part
of our organizational values and decision-making principles. We will provide a robust and
rigorous educational program that engages, challenges and supports every learner, honors
students’ varied lived experiences and fosters feelings of empathy and belonging.
 
Diversity
LCUSD defines diversity as the array of differences which exist between people, on a personal
as well as an organizational level. Those differences include, but are not limited to race,
ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic class, ability,
religion, age, and political beliefs.
 
Equity
Equity is recognized by LCUSD as a system of fair treatment, opportunities and outcomes for
students, staff and families. It entails the provision of resources, services and instruction
required for success based upon individuals’ unique needs and circumstances. We
acknowledge the inequities that have served as barriers for systemically marginalized groups
and the need for continual analysis and action to prevent and remedy potential inequities.
 
Inclusion
Inclusion is a sense of belonging and empathy for all, fostered by a welcoming climate of care.
We recognize the shared responsibility across the LCUSD community to ensure that every
member feels valued and respected, has equitable access and opportunities, and meaningfully
contributes to and sees themselves reflected in the culture of the community.
 
#2 - Develop and Deliver Family Learning Series Presentations and Districtwide Teacher
Professional Development (Offerings Presented in 2019-2020)

The following are the workshops Christina Hale-Elliot facilitated during the 2019-20 school year:
 
  • Cultivating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion- Family Learning Series (November 2019)
  •  Talking with Young Children About Race- Kindergarten Teachers PD (January 2020);
    Family Learning Series (January 2020), Elementary Teachers, Counselors & Admin
    PD (February 2020)
  • Creating Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Learning Spaces: An Introduction- All
    District Teachers and Pupil Personnel Services PD (February and March 2020)
 
#3 - Conduct a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strengths and Needs Assessment Report
 
This report will be presented to the LCUSD Governing Board at the August 11, 2020 Board of
Education meeting.
 
#4 - Review the DEI Recommendations for Sustainability created by Ms. Hale Elliott for LCUSD
 
These recommendations will be presented to the LCUSD Governing Board at the August 11,
2020 Board of Education meeting.
 
#5 - Conduct Student Workshops, Trainings, and Discussion Forums (District-wide Speak Up at
School - How to Respond to Everyday Stereotypes and Bias)
 
#6 - House the Work in the Educational Services Department with all of Leadership Team
creating a goal for 2020-2021 to address this important work
 
#7 - Curate DEI Resources for the entire LCUSD Community on the LCHS Website
 
And these are our initial steps. Systemic change requires a systemic approach. As Ms.
Hale-Elliott’s Recommendations for Sustainability indicate, the work must be addressed by
District and School Leadership, it must expand the Professional Capacity of our Teachers and
Staff, it must provide education and outreach to our Parents and Community Ties, it must imbed
itself in our Student Centered Learning Climate, and it must reach our Instructional Guidance -
requiring a review and analysis of our curricular materials in a comprehensive and meaningful
way.
 
The work must be strategic, intentional, and sustainable. It is not performative, surface, or
unexacting work. It takes commitment, time, and resolute attention - and tonight’s
Superintendent’s report is designed to publicly make the unwavering commitment to advance
this work on behalf of and in partnership with our students, teachers, staff, parents, as well as
our extended LCUSD community partners.