Salina USD 305 Equity Council
An Equity Council has been created with the goal of strengthening our school district environment of respect, acceptance and appreciation. The group is made up of 37 individuals including community members, staff and students. They are tasked with identifying challenges by reviewing data, information and feedback. The result of their work will be recommendations and strategies to the USD 305 Board of Education.
Equity Council members will continue working during the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Overview: June 20, 2019
Equity Council members met with incoming Superintendent, Linn Exline, to review their work over the past year and to determine next steps. Following introductions, an updated membership roster and binders were given to members. Mrs. Exline asked everyone to answer six questions: what training/knowledge-building does the council need, what has worked well to date, what needs more investigation, what data needs to be revisited, what is the role of the council and how should the meetings be structured. Members worked in small groups to categorize the responses before reporting out to the council. The council agreed to a July training for diversity/cultural awareness by the Salina Community Relations Division.
Overview: April 18, 2019
The last regular meeting of the 2018-2019 school year was attended by 22 individuals. Dr. Hardy presented information about the completion of high school and four-year degrees in Kansas. Membership with theEquity Council was discussed and all current members were asked to indicate if they wish to continue on the council. Two at-large openings will be filled based upon council members’ votes for candidates who complete application forms by the closing date of May 6. Council members reviewed and supplemented information that will be shared with building principals. The council discussed overall goals that will help guide the council’s work in the next school year. Before the end of June the goals will be presented to the USD 305 Board of Education.
Overview: March 21, 2019
After Dr. Hardy opened the meeting with a review the nineteen council members and guests worked in small groups, looking at disaggregated data and identifying themes. Within groups, members collaborated to draft potential, broad district goals. They began with identifying words and statements that could be included in the goals. Before they left the meeting, participants completed an exit ticket by listing topics they would like to share with building administrators.
Overview: February 21, 2019
The February, 2-hour work session was devoted to reviewing information from the student surveys. Two thousand, three hundred and fifty eight middle and high school students took the surveys. The two surveys were somewhat different with 1,134 middle school and 1,224 high school students participating. Demographics and data were reviewed and discussed in small groups with large group discussion before the meeting ended. Middle School Survey, High School Survey
Overview: January 24, 2019
Twenty-seven Equity Council members and guests came together for a first look at information from the staff equity survey taken by 954 USD 305 employees. For a data walk with four stations, twenty-six questions on the staff survey were split into four groups. Council members divided into small groups and rotated between the four groups of data. In order to review student survey data in February, that meeting is changed to a 2-hour work session. Staff Survey
Overview: November 8, 2018
At the November meeting Equity Council members began with a review of district data. While the group had seen the data at an earlier meeting, they haven’t met since September and resulting conversations reminded the group about the makeup of the district before they began their primary work of the evening, surveys. Two separate surveys will be administered to staff and students in January. Members worked in small groups considering if the drafted questions will get at the information the group is seeking. The surveys ask about knowledge, attitudes and opinions. The Equity Council members considered four different Likert scales and decided on one. Both of the surveys are planned to be administered in early January 2019. The Equity Council will meet January 24 to review the resulting data.
Overview: September 20, 2018
The district Equity Council met on September 20 and reviewed various surveys, identifying questions and topics to be included in the surveys which will be administered to staff and students in early January 2019. Working in small groups, members noted and highlighted questions to be considered as the USD 305 surveys are developed. The council's next meeting will be a longer session as they review the hybrid, draft surveys that were based on the group's feedback from this meeting. The council's next meeting is set for November 8, 2018.
Overview: August 30, 2018 Meeting
Salina USD 305 hosted its second Equity Council meeting on Thursday, August 30. Twenty-five members attended, made up of staff, students and community eager to focus on facilitating efforts to provide students and staff with equitable experiences.
Dr. Hardy, superintendent, and Shanna Rector, executive director administrative and student services, co-facilitated the meeting. Based on feedback from the July meeting, Dr. Hardy spoke about surveying staff and students to provide data points for the council to base their next steps upon. “A lot of ideas and questions have come forward,” said Hardy. “Next we need feedback from our staff and students to map the direction of the council.”
To prioritize input from the July meeting, Shanna Rector led an activity for members to work in small groups. The groups reviewed the material and identified topics around which the surveys will be developed. The district expects to administer the surveys to staff and students in early 2019. The council will use the survey results and other data to determine next steps.
The outcome of the council’s work will be recommendations for the USD 305 Board of Education. The council’s next meeting will be September 20, 2018.