Equity and Family Empowerment
Winchester Public Schools - December 2021
Veronique N. Walker, Ed.D., LPC, NCC - Coordinator
- Data snapshots pertaining to the six domains of the WPS Equity Framework;
- Summary of the data in the form of Key Considerations; and
- Looking Forward - strategies planned to facilitate the Equity Framework.
The WPS Equity Framework has six domains, each with an overaching goal:
recruitment and retention of a diverse and culturally responsive administrative, instructional and support staff;
development and implementation of a guaranteed, viable, culturally relevant curriculum for preschool through twelfth grade students;
development and implementation of culturally responsive professional learning for all staff designed to strengthen employees' knowledge and skills for developing inclusive and empowered environments and eliminating disparities in achievement and opportunities;
achievement and maintenance of equitable representation in disciplinary referrals and sanctions, special education identification, gifted identification, advanced placement enrollment, and governor's school enrollment, etc.;
inclusive family engagement with a focus on marginalized families; and
inclusive student engagement with a focus on marginalized students.
The following key considerations were determined Based on data outcomes from (a) Panorama Student, Staff, and Family Climate and Quality Surveys; (b) Virginia Department of Education School Quality Profile; and (c) TalentEd Application System:
Panorama student outcomes indicate acknowledgement of the diverse nature of their peers and schools.
Panorama student outcomes indicate more culture awareness and action is warranted.
Panorama trend data indicates consistently improved outcomes in school climate and quality.
Data indicates consistent outcomes and needs for students with disabilities and students identifying as two or more races.
Notable improvements in the recruitment and hiring of employees of color.
Looking Forward initiatives aligned with the WPS Equity Framework may be found in the image following this article.
The annual report may be accessed by clicking here. The presentation to the Board of Education may be viewed on the WPS YouTube Channel.
Equity and Family Empowerment School Liaisons
Hanukkah (November 29 - December 6)
Christmas (December 25)
Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1)
- December 15: Bill of Rights Day: Commemorates the signing into law of the ten original amendments of the United States Constitution in 1791.
- December 21: Winter Solstice: Marks the first day of the season of winter. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the shortest of the year with the sun shining closest to the Southern Hemisphere and the farthest from the Northern Hemisphere.
- December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhist): Observes the spiritual awakening of founder Siddharta Gautama, the Budda, ca. 596 BCE
- December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christian): Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531.
- December 24: Christmas Eve (Christian): Celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
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