Oak Creek Elementary DEI
The Oak Creek Equity Leadership Team was established during the 2016-17 school year. Making Equity the central focus means:
- Giving students what they need to be successful: Academic as well as social, material, and emotional support
- Recognizing that widespread inequality makes the pursuit of equity difficult but essential- we must compensate for disadvantages.
- We must stay focused on outcomes- academic and developmental.
Our team works collaboratively with teachers, parents, and school staff in order to answer the following questions:
- What are the primary equity challenges at Oak Creek?
- What obstacles are preventing Oak Creek from addressing these challenges?
- What are some measures Oak Creek has taken to compensate for disadvantages among our students?
We recognize that in our school and district, we are just beginning this necessary and urgent work.
At the School Board level:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and goals are the top priority referenced in the Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) 5-year Strategic Plan (released in November 2017 - in the process of being updated).
- The Board currently has a DEI Advisory Committee to review policy, develop new policies, and craft a 5-year DEI Plan.
- The Board engaged in a book study of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, by Zaretta Hammond.
At the District level:
- The first LOSD Equity Learning Leadership Team was established in 17-18.
- Administrators completed training with the National Equity Project.
- November 2017 Professional Development (PD) provided multiple sessions about inclusion, gender identity & gender expression, microaggressions, and nonviolent communication for building empathy.
- Nationally-known keynote speaker on inclusion and achievement of historically underserved students at November PD 2017 - Dr. Anthony Muhammad.
- The district hired a Director of DEI to collaborate with all ten schools.
- The district promoted a “Speak up at School” day (5/29/18) at all schools using resources from Teaching Tolerance.
- Cultural fairs and celebrations have been held at schools, including Mexican Culture Week at River Grove (16-17), Japanese Culture Week & Zen Night at River Grove (17-18), South African Culture Fair at Forest Hills, and Culture Celebration Night at Oak Creek.
- Schools have collaborated on their DEI work, and there was a joint meeting between River Grove and Oak Creek (LOSD’s two Title I schools) in 17-18.
- Human Resources has engaged with schools about future trainings involving the recruitment and mentoring of new teachers and staff who accurately represent our growing diverse student body.
- The district has begun using an “equity lens” in all budgeting and curricular decisions.
- Equitable access (1:1) to technology for elementary schools will begin in 18-19 (iPads for K-2, Chromebooks for 3-5).
At the Community level:
- A visit to the Museum of Tolerance by officials from the City of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego Police Department, and Lake Oswego School District.
- The LO for LOve multicultural book drive provided resources for elementary schools.
- Respond to Racism has provided support and coordination with the wider community.
- “Peace Circles” were facilitated by John Lenssen to gather the community and develop responses and solutions to incidents at schools.
Oak Creek School Level DEI Goals & Action Steps
Welcoming School Environment- Oak Creek will create a welcoming culture and inclusive environment that reflects and supports the diversity of the school’s student population, their families, and communities.
Multiple Opportunities to Access Core Curriculum - Oak Creek shall provide multiple interventions, entry points, and extensions in order to meet the needs of the diverse student body, and shall actively encourage, support and expect high academic expectations for all students.
- Oregon Educator Equity Report, review of OCE and District demographics, role of allies
- Oregon’s Racial History by Oregon Center for Educational Equity
- Book Study: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
- The Color of Fear Viewing
- Oak Creek Reads: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- Wishtree Art Installation
- Better Together Events
- Cultural Inclusion Parent Survey
- Speak Up at School Event
- Equity Book Read Alouds
- Parent Forum on Inclusion
- Scheduled Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) time daily
- Student for Change Group