Shifting the culture towards equity and inclusion requires coordinated efforts to address the systems, policies, materials, and mindsets within the district. It is not a one and done event; it requires continual work. Therefore, DMEquityOffice is designed as a sustained partnership that is renewable annually.
Working together, DMEquityOffice will help you work through a process that begins with gaining a deep understanding of district context followed by comprehensive planning that considers long-term goals as well as short-term successes. Thereafter DMEquityOffice provides ongoing support to help sustain efforts; this includes facilitated collaboration with peers and support from experts steeped in the work.
Understand District Context with an Equity Opportunity Review
Districts have the option of partnering with DMGroup to identify district strengths and areas of growth. DMGroup team members will conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups, review of district policies and practices, and perform a robust analysis of data. This information will be consolidated, analyzed, and compared to research and promising practices to provide recommendations for prioritization and planning.
Sustain and Enhance Efforts
With the DMEquityOffice, districts are provided a dedicated DMEquityOffice advisor to support leaders in sustaining the district's work. In addi-tion to the equity advisor, facilitated sessions with peer districts engaged in similar work provide a mechanism for sharing ideas and providing each other the support that energizes and helps propel the work.