Equity and Inclusion
Working towards equity means interrupting inequitable practices, challenging biases, and creating inclusive school environments for all and removing the predictability of success and failure that currently correlates with any social or cultural factor discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, talents, and interests that every human possesses.
These three equity and inclusion programs are described below.
- School Site Council (SSC)
- Parents of Children of Latino and African Descent (PCLAD)
- Community Circles and Restorative Justice
School Site Council (SSC)
Since the 1970’s, California state law has required each public school site to have an elected committee that represents school staff and the community and is responsible for developing and reviewing an ongoing Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).
At Chabot, our SSC focuses on issues of Equity, Inclusion, and Safety. Based on these areas, our SSC has joined with the faculty to develop and approve Chabot’s 2016-17 SPSA with three main priorities:
- Socio-Emotional Learning to increase equitable outcomes
- Differentiation to ensure that every Chabot child can achieve her/his full potential
- Integrated Learning to support mastery of Common Core Curriculum for all students
All parents and community members are welcome to attend SSC meetings. They are held the last Tuesday of every month from 5:15 – 7;00 pm.
Community Circles and Restorative Justice
Inspired by indigenous values, restorative justice is a philosophy and a theory of justice that emphasizes bringing together everyone affected by wrongdoing to address needs and responsibilities and to heal the harm to relationships as much as possible. Several members of our staff have been trained in this tool and it is our first response to most problems. Much of the work of Restorative Justice is done through CIRCLES. At Chabot, we use Circles to build community and to solve problems both in and outside of the classroom.
The circle process creates a distinctive kind of space for restorative dialogue. Circles are fashioned in such a way that interconnectedness, interdependence, and equality within the community are highlighted. Participants are encouraged to share a sense of mutual responsibility for the well being of the community and the individuals within it, and an understanding that what happens to one person affects all.
In the circle, all participants, regardless of role or status, age or experience, are considered of equal importance, with an equal voice. Everyone in the circle is invited to speak and listen from the heart or to initiate silence. No one sits above or below others, or outside of the circle. The circle is inclusive. Even the circle keeper participates in the circle, in addition to facilitating the process. A circular seating arrangement and the use of a talking piece help define the process.
While circles vary somewhat in style and structure, they all seek to cultivate a climate of mutual respect and caring that is value-oriented and heart-based, that engages the emotions as well as the mind.
- Problem Solve and achieve greater mutual understanding
- Develop a spirit of collaboration and cooperation
- Work through differences, difficult issues, and painful experiences
- Make decisions together, building consensus
- Repair, heal, and build relationships and a sense of community
- Plan for the future