Equity Express

Granite School District Educational Equity Department

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Our Vision

To institutionalize equity in order to provide a quality and excellent education for all culturally and linguistically diverse students.

This Month's Issue

In the August issue of Equity Express, we will share helpful resources to support the culture and climate of your schools while ensuring a quality and excellent education for all.

  • Interpreter and Translation Services
  • Resources to Talk About Racism and Bias
  • Family Engagement Centers
  • WIDA Can Do Descriptors
  • Welcome New Associate Director
  • Welcome New Teacher Specialist
  • Contact Us

Interpreter and Translation Services

The Educational Equity department offers interpreter and translation services to facilitate equitable communication with families in Granite School District.

To request an interpreter or document translation, please visit our Ed Equity Intranet page. There, you will find links to two Google Forms for making requests.

Interpreter Requests

Please complete this form to request an interpreter for your school. Educational Equity will respond to requests within 48 hours. If no interpreter is available, Ed Equity will contact an outside agency to try to fulfill the request. If you do not hear back within 72 hours, please contact us at Educational Equity, 385-646-4205. *If this is for a student that has an IEP or is going through the testing process, please contact Lana Sutton in the Special Education department.

Document Translations

Please complete this form to request translations for either messaging (e.g. email to school community) or a specific document. Educational Equity will respond to requests within 48 hours. Requests are assigned and completed in the order they are received.

Talking About Racism and Bias

Equity is, and remains, a cornerstone to the promise of a free and appropriate public education for all students. Addressing systemic issues related to racism and bias require us to be bold. As we consider the myriad considerations we are faced with in preparation for a return to school, we offer a few suggestions and resources to support your efforts to gain understanding and become better prepared to expand your knowledge and awareness of racism and bias.
Let's Talk! A Teaching Tolerance Guide

Facilitating Critical Conversations With Students

Recommended Reading

So You Want to Talk About Race | Ijeoma Oluo | Talks at Google
Granite Family Engagement Centers provide meaningful learning and growth opportunities leading to positive pathways for an enhanced quality of life for all students, families, and communities. Please visit our website for more information. Also check out their newsletter containing many excellent resources.
The WIDA Can Do Descriptors are an essential resource for planning PBL instruction and assessment for multilingual learners. They highlight what multilingual learners can do at various stages of English language development in the key use areas of recount, explain, argue, and discuss. The Can Do Descriptors should be used together with your students’ most recent WIDA ACCESS test scores. Your ALP lead teacher can provide you with a multilingual learner roster that includes test scores. Download the Can Do Descriptors here.

Meet Our New Associate Director

Monica Ramos Carlson is pleased to be rejoining Granite School District. A native Nevadan, Monica started her career as a mentor while pursuing a degree in English Education. She later began a career in school counseling in both junior high and high school settings. In Granite, Monica was a school counselor at Kearns High and a PBIS Coach in College & Career Readiness, while also serving as a college readiness instructor for REFUGES in collaboration with the University of Utah. Most recently, Monica served as assistant principal at Sunset Junior High in Davis School District. Monica earned her B.A. in English Education from UVU and M.S. in Psychology and Administration Supervisory Concentration from Utah State University. Currently, Monica is reading Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum. Monica and her husband have two children and enjoy camping, hiking, and backyard barbecues with lots of chips and salsa.

Meet our New Teacher Specialist: Brooke Holyoak

I started in Granite in 1993 as a substitute. One day, I subbed in a Special Education Unit and knew what I wanted to do with my life. I became a para-educator in Special Education while I obtained my teaching certification. My first job for Granite was in the Transition Intervention Program (T.I.P.s), a program for students with behavioral disorders, their parents, and their teachers. I stayed in Special Ed. for the next eleven years. After that, I taught sixth grade for twelve years. Then, I became an ESL teacher and taught students that were brand new to the country for five years. Now, I am at the district and am getting my feet wet as a Teacher Specialist for EDEQ. Besides working for Granite, I sing and play guitar in a small band, explore ethnic food, grow lots of my own food, and raise newly-purchased chickens that I adore. I can't wait to travel when I feel it is safe, so until then it is virtual travel to learn about the many faces of this world!

Meet Our New McKinney-Vento Liaison: Sarah Thomas

Hello! My name is Sarah Thomas and I am the new McKinney-Vento Liaison working alongside Shannalee Otañez.

This is my seventh year working in Granite School District after growing up in Granite schools myself. I attended Fremont Elementary, Eisenhower Jr. High, and then graduated from Taylorsville High, where I was on the basketball team, in the concert choir, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Warrior Ledger.

My first teaching job was at Grand County High School in Moab — an eye-opening, challenging, and amazing experience. A few years later, I returned to Granite when I was hired to teach at Granger High School. I was there for five years, teaching math, serving as an assistant coach with the girls’ basketball team, and working as one of the Athletic Directors. I was also part of Emerging Leaders Academy, which solidified my want to pursue leadership positions. Last year, I returned to my own school as an intern administrator at Eisenhower Jr. High.

My academic timeline includes earning a B.S. in Math from the University of Utah; an MBA from Westminster College; and graduating from the U again this past spring with a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy, with an emphasis on social justice in schools. My doctorate research was focused on how we can make traditional school work better for students who experience trauma and challenges away from school.

Outside of school hours, I am a runner and a reader. I love sports and [usually] spend my autumn Saturdays attending U of U football games. The Utah Jazz, hot black coffee, and campfires in the mountains are a few more of my favorite things. I love politics and podcasts and documentaries, particularly those about how to make the world a better, more inclusive place.

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