Diversity and Inclusion
In 2010-11, the district administration along with a representation of K-12 teaching staff, parents, and community members formed a Diversity Leadership Team. The initial goals of this group were to clearly define diversity and inclusion in the Waukee Community School District, develop a district philosophy statement, examine current professional development and classroom practices that address diversity and inclusion, and develop a comprehensive plan that ensures diversity awareness and education for Waukee staff and students.
Philosophy Statement and Guiding Principles of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team
The Waukee Community School District is dedicated to building genuine relationships by embracing individual differences and perspectives.
- Strengthen self-awareness
- Seek to understand individual differences and perspectives
- Appreciate and respect all people
- Promote a commitment to global awareness and citizenship
The team identified five main components that comprise the comprehensive plan. The components include professional development for all Waukee staff, enhanced communication through website improvements and a parent liaison group, acquisition of resources to supplement curriculum and instruction, and data collection for analysis of implementation. These focus areas guide the team’s work to ensure diversity awareness and education continues to be an important facet of the district mission and vision.
Any aspect of an individual that makes her or him unique.
“It is our individual stories that make us diverse. Your story matters.”
Inclusion refers to the behaviors and actions of accepting, embracing and appreciating diversity.
The Diversity Leadership Team is continuing this important work to ensure the commitment to diversity and inclusion is intentional, thoughtful, and authentic throughout the school system and community.