Global Classroom Committee

Last Updated: 9/10/2021 2:43 PM

Promoting Equity & Inclusion in Madeira City Schools

 

Origin 

The Global Classroom Committee was formed as the result of a 2017 Planning Commission Study that analyzed feedback of graduates from Madeira City Schools.  Students expressed that the majority did not feel equipped with the cultural competency to enter the diverse world outside of Madeira.  In response, a group of administrators, teachers and community members formed the Global Classroom Committee during the 2018-19 school year. Members of the Global Classroom Committee are committed to the vision and goals of the group, and getting better tomorrow than we are today.

 

Vision Statement

  • To create safe & welcoming learning environments for all students regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, ability, family structure or economic status. 

  • To broaden students’ worldviews to better equip them to live, thrive and contribute positively to a diverse world. 

  • To engage in culturally competent practices that target the following core areas: value of diversity, cultural awareness, understanding the dynamics of cultural interactions, and taking cultural knowledge and adapting it to diversity and learning.

 

Goals

  • Investigate our current K-12 curricular resources and pedagogy to identify strengths, weaknesses, and potential opportunities to embed curricular connections related to global awareness.

  • Provide education to staff, students, families, and the overall school community on topics that relate to equity & inclusion.

  • Identify and share resources that support the vision of the Global Classroom Committee.


 

Members

The Global Classroom Committee consists of teachers, parents and administration from all three buildings. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out to Dave Bergan at dbergan@madeiracityschools.org.

 

Past Work

  • 2018-19 & 2019-20: Teams of Madeira City School employees and community members participated in year long training focused on equity and inclusion in our schools.  Hosted by HCESC, these trainings provide an opportunity for our team to dig deep into the topics of race and inclusion alongside educators from other districts.  Through this training, the GCC goals and action items were generated and continue to be revised as the work continues & evolves.

  • 2018-19 & 2019-20: GCC met regularly to share learning, discuss current events, evaluate district practices, and collaborate with neighboring districts.

  • 2019-20: Members of GCC led full staff professional development in all three buildings.  PD was focused on the topics of identity, bias, and race.

  • 2020-21: Parent Equity Group was formed in conjunction with neighboring school as a platform for parents to connect and share resources.  Planning Commision study, Windows and Mirrors, was conducted to help guide future work.

 

Next Steps

  • Continue to send groups of staff and community members to in depth training experiences to expand our internal understanding and capacity at a deeper level.

  • Continue full staff professional development around the areas of race, equity and inclusion. 

  • Work with Instructional Leaders to review and refine current curricular practices in order to ensure materials used are culturally relevant and reflective of our diverse world.

  • Create a network of families & resources for students and families new to the community to help them feel welcome and supported.

  • Expand the work from only staff to directly engage our students & families on the topics of race, equity and inclusion.

  • Work to recruit, hire and retain a diverse staff of professionals to work with our students and families.