Equity-Related News

  • Reggie Jackson Speaking in Milwaukee

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 9/23/2019

    Reggie Jackson will be speaking at Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, 1529 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI, on Sept. 24, 2019, at 7:00 pm.  Please see the attachments below for additional details. The focus of the conversation will be around, "The Hidden Impact of Segregation."  Additionally, there will be a question and answering session at the end of the presentation. 

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  • STAFF START THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH A FOCUS ON EQUITY

    Posted by Wauwatosa Schools on 8/30/2019
    As part of the Wauwatosa School District’s continued focus on equity, staff had the opportunity to learn from Dr. David E. Kirkland during the District’s Opening Day convocation on August 29. Dr. Kirkland is the Executive Director of NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.
     
    His powerful presentation “After the Plan: Advancing Equity in Wauwatosa” reminded us that stories matter; that they can be used to humanize and empower, that misconceptions about who students are and can become are what drives educational disparities, and that creating equity in education "isn’t about broken babies, but about supporting children who are most vulnerable to broken systems.” Following Dr. Kirkland’s all-staff presentation, he did additional sessions with the District’s leadership team. #Equity #GrowthForALL
     
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  • Parents invited to chat with school leaders about student experience

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 1/3/2019

    Pillar Five of the District’s 2018-2020 Equity plan is to strengthen parent and community relationships, through the lens of equity.

     

    One way we’re hoping to do this is through good old-fashioned face-to-face, two-way dialogue. This year we’ve implemented “Parent Chats”, which will occur at all District schools over the course of the school year. The first chats were held at Roosevelt, McKinley, Longfellow and West High School in December. The goal is for school leaders to listen to feedback, hear what they’re doing well, allow parents to share their challenging experiences, and allow time for suggestions or ideas for improvements related to creating equitable learning opportunities and environments. Moving forward, each school will host three Parent Chats a year and will have them planned as part of their school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

     

    As we talk about equity, it’s important to know what we mean when we use this word. For purposes of the Wauwatosa School District, equity is defined as a commitment to the empathetic understanding of everyone’s needs and perspectives, even those that differ from our own. Equity is the non-negotiable implementation of professional learning, school policies/practices and the redistribution of power that values all stakeholders and promotes human flourishing.

     

    Learn more about the District's work as it relates to equity by visiting our Diversity & Equity website page.

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  • District Equity Team developing an equity-themed resource guide

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 1/3/2019

    As part of their ongoing work to support the implementation of the District’s Equity Plan, the District Equity Team is developing a Resource Guide that will be available for teachers and principals.

     

    The goal of the guide is to connect WSD educators to a comprehensive database of equity-related resources for activities, events, and information that they can incorporate in their buildings and classrooms. Resources are aligned to each of the five pillars in the District Equity Plan to ensure consistency for the outcomes and goals the District is working to achieve. Each school has also developed its own building-level equity team this year to help address issues that affect student learning and behavior.

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  • College Search and Career Resources on the Website

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 12/6/2018

    In addition to Career Cruising, we have a comprehensive College Search page on each high school website. If you have a high school junior or senior, the information on this page could be very helpful. Resources include:

    • What to consider when looking for colleges/universities
    • Scholarship Opportunities, including new Diversity Scholarships!
    • Links to College Application Sites
    • Links to Federal Student Aid Information

    Where to find the information:

    • Go to the "Family Resources" Tab in the Main Menu at the top of the East or West High School Webpage
    • Click on "School Counselors/Social Work"
    • Click on "Career and College Resources" in the left-hand navigation
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  • New State Social Studies Standards

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 12/6/2018

    Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction adopted and released new social studies standards for school districts to use in their work with social studies programs. The standards provide a foundation to help identify outcomes for student learning in social studies classes.

    The new Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies were developed to strengthen college, career and community readiness by deepening students’ knowledge, skills, and civic engagement. The standards support inquiry as a means for learning and discovery, helping learners see themselves as problem solvers and active contributors to their communities and beyond.

    Educators in the Wauwatosa School District have started to analyze the new standards and engage in conversations regarding instructional practices and shifts needed to meet the outcomes of these standards. A goal of our district is to ensure the teaching and learning of social studies occurs in a culturally responsive, culturally supported, learner-centered context, and that our practices account for and adapt to the broad diversity of race, language and culture in the Wauwatosa School District.

    Key features of culturally responsive practice in the area of social studies include:

    • ensuring students have opportunities to hear multiple perspectives from historical accounts
    • learning from primary sources
    • seeing individuals and cultures through an asset-based lens
    • providing depth of learning within a context rather than surface-level understanding
      strengthening individual identity
    • creating experiences to trigger empathy not through reenactments or simulations, but rather
    • through questioning, critical thinking opportunities, and the use of authentic texts including images, songs, and stories


    As a school district, we have started to look closely at our instruction and make changes to social studies learning to reflect these ideas. As a component of Pillar 3 in our District’s Equity Plan we will continue to make these shifts to support meaningful learning and connections that expand students’ knowledge, skills, perspectives, and viewpoints.

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