Integration and Inclusion

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Cambridge-Isanti Schools is committed to looking at all district work and initiatives through a lens of racial equity so that all learners have the skills, opportunities and access to experiences that will help them reach their full potential and achieve success.  Cambridge-Isanti Schools will partner with families and the community to gain a better understanding of and eliminate barriers rooted in racial constructs and cultural misunderstandings that can interfere with a student’s learning or reduce his/her willingness to persist academically. By applying this lens of racial equity and cultural understanding to all teaching and learning experiences, Cambridge-Isanti Schools will be able to achieve its mission of educating all learners with the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society. Achievement & Integration work is based around providing students and staff with cultural competency skills and closing the achievement gap.

 

The Integration and Inclusion focus areas include:

  • Student Centered Programming and Services

    Cambridge-Isanti Schools will provide students with access to educational resources, opportunities and alternatives as well as creating a school environment in which children of diverse backgrounds feel welcome, respected, and accepted. Surveys will be conducted of how student perceive their school culture in order to inform district decisions about student access. The district also provides support to students and their families to help bridge the gap in equity and access. Examples include: scholarships for program participation, English Language programming, counselors and/or social workers in each school, reduced fees for activities and Early Childhood, a homeless liaison, American Indian Education Advisor, etc.

  • Cultural Proficiency  

    Staff are expected to ensure academic achievement for learners from diverse cultures, incomes and ability levels. We will be accountable for growth in student achievement and setting guidelines for support when students face challenge. Teachers and staff will continue to learn about cultural difference in order to address their own beliefs about student learning and how they facilitate the classroom environment. The district will address the needs for training of staff by examining the yearly professional development focus areas. The Teaching and Learning Advisory, made up of staff, parents and community members, will be responsible for endorsing staff trainings, curriculum, and school initiatives related to integration and inclusion.

  • Family and Community Engagement           

    We will engage families as essential partners in supporting academic achievement for learners by putting into operation programs, and procedures for the engagement of parents in all schools.  Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children. We will offer opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and to respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possibly.

 

For more information contact Shelley Schwab, Director of Teaching & Learning, 763-689-6217 or sschwab@c-ischools.org