Equity Commitment at Winchester Public Schools

  • In 2015, the Winchester Public Schools embarked on a bold strategic planning process that included redefining our core beliefs and mission. From that discussion, and subsequent data analysis, it became evident that we needed to adjust and focus our work to match our beliefs. One of those areas was in relation to increasing academic and social outcomes for students of color, students with disability and students in poverty.

    Tree of hands The primary belief statements driving this work include the following:

    We believe that . . . 

      • Every student can learn, and, when students have access to quality instruction, technology and community resources, education is the equalizer.
      • Embracing the diversity of students is a strength that unifies our learning community.
      • Success for every student is dependent upon a well-communicated expectation of excellence

    With these driving beliefs, our equity work is founded in inclusion and excellence. We will not compromise the high standards we expect for students academically and socially and we will continue to be strategic and intentional in developing real strategies to ensure our outcome data represents our entire student body.

    In developing this work, the Winchester Public Schools employed a broad based community group that included school personnel and community members to identify and implement strategies. Below are the three primary strategies we are using to address disproportionate academic and social outcomes.

  • Strategy 1 Community Engagement

    This strategy is dedicated to raising awareness and garnering community support for the work of Winchester Public Schools. This includes a dedicated communication plan to civic, church and other community groups as well as securing mentors and community connections for our students and families.

     

  • Strategy 2 Culturally Responsive Schools

    This strategy recognizes that our staff make up does not match our student make up. With this understanding, we believe cultural learning and understanding is an important ingredient to our success with students. In addition, analysis of curriculum and resources through an equity lens are components of this strategy.

  • Strategy 3 Maximizing Potential

    This strategy seeks to identify and support underrepresented students into advanced academic pathways. This includes examining our identification processes for advanced coursework and providing support for students both academically and aspirationally, without compromising academic integrity and excellence.