Creating a Sense of Belonging for All
The Avonworth School district is committed to ensuring that our schools are places of belonging for all members of our school community. In order for every child to reach their full potential, their learning environment, activities, and experiences need to ensure that they are nurtured, feel valued, and have a voice.
The School District has focused its efforts to create and maintain an environment where all belong in the following areas.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee:
During the 2016-2017 school year, the District formed the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee in collaboration with families in the District. Committee meetings have been held during each school year since the formation of the committee. The purpose and goal of these meetings has been to gather input from our families regarding issues or concerns around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The committee has provided valuable input and has helped to generate many actions taken by the District to address Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
Please use the button to the left to learn more about our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, and view the current meeting schedule.
Having a curriculum that is representative of a diverse world and multiple perspectives is imperative in order for children to learn, grow, and become productive members of society. The Avonworth School District evaluates curriculum for cultural responsiveness through the curriculum review and evaluation process. Teachers implement projects to build awareness of bias, discrimination, and the value of inclusiveness. The English Language Arts curriculum offers a diverse list of authors and perspectives of themes and cultures. Please use the button to the left to learn more about our District's curriculum efforts as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Attracting and retaining a diverse staff is extremely important and is a goal of the Avonworth School District. Students from diverse backgrounds need to see reflections of themselves in the adults with whom the interact. LIkewise, it is just as important for white students to develop meaningful school relationships with adults of color.
Please use the button to the left to learn more about our District's efforts regarding personnel.
The Avonworth School District has engaged its professional employees in professional learning with Herring Seminars to build a more equitable and inclusive environment. Further, the Avonworth School District includes professional learning or unconscious bias in its induction program for all new teachers. Staff have also participated in training through the Mentor Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania and Mental Health First Aid.
Please use the button to the left to learn more about the District's professional learning efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Avonworth School District is dedicated to creating a school culture where all students feel they belong. This is accomplished through our efforts around curriculum, personnel, professional learning, as well as through providing opportunities for our students to engage. The Avonworth School District provides opportunities from K-12 for students to have a voice and be involved in creating a culture of belonging for all.
Please use the button to the left to learn more about the District's efforts that impact school culture as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion.