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Culture of Belonging

Profound change for equity in schools will require a healthy culture where dignity is honored through: Intrapersonal (within self), Interpersonal (between peers, teacher-student, colleagues, etc.), Institutional (practices & policies) & Structural (inter-institutional; field of education, employment). A culture of dignity is the foundation for equity and inclusion.

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Your Voice Matters

Our commitment to moving schools forward starts with listening and amplifying the voices of our students. Empowering students lends a transformative momentum toward equity, anti-oppressive, and vision-driven justice in our schools.

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The Waukee Equity Standards

The Waukee Equity Standards are a set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains: identity, diversity, justice, and action. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure to help reduce prejudice and advocate for positive change. In today’s world, these are essential skills for all humans. Teachers will use the standards to guide classroom discussions and learning opportunities making our schools more inclusive and safe.

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Important Definitions

The Waukee Community School District is dedicated to building an environment of Inclusive Excellence to ensure that everyone feels appreciated, validated, accepted, and treated fairly. Our vision is focused on belonging, access, and positive change for educational equity. 

Strategic Plan

We believe in equity and belonging

We believe that equity and inclusion in our schools will require a healthy culture based on a foundation of dignity and belonging. We strive to build partnerships and community within these beliefs. We seek to affirm uniqueness and difference, create a culture of acceptance and growth, amplify student voice, & support the social-emotional needs of students.


Equity refers to fair treatment for all people, so that the norms, practices, and policies in place ensure identity is not predictive of opportunities or outcomes.


Human differences or variations in ability, identity, and experience.

“It is our individual stories that make us diverse. Your story matters.”


Inclusion refers to engagement within a community where the equal worth and inherent dignity of each person is valued. An inclusive community promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it affirms the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.


The characteristics that define who people are, the way they think about themselves, and how they are viewed by the world.

Some identity elements may include but are not limited to ethnicity, physical features, personality, culture, religion, gender, race, age, education, language, nationality, interests, aspirations, talents, generation, passions, name, perspectives, beliefs, occupation, family, traditions, genetics, challenges, strengths, groups/teams in which you belong  (i.e. sister, athlete, bilingual, reader).


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Dr. Lindsay Law
Director of Student Equity
District Office