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Equity and inclusion services

The purpose of the Achievement and Integration for Minnesota program is to pursue racial and economic integration, increase student achievement, create equitable educational opportunities, and reduce academic disparities based on students’ diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in Minnesota public schools. Read Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.861. Read Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.862.

District 196 qualifies as a racially isolated district and currently has two racially identifiable schools which are Echo Park School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology and Oak Ridge School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences. In collaboration with the MDE, District 196 has developed an Achievement and Integration Plan to address the needs of our school community.

The 2017-20 Achievement and Integration Plan was approved by the School Board and has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education. The Achievement and Integration Plan was developed by a 55-member Community Collaboration Council that consisted of parents, teachers, students and other district staff. A comprehensive evaluation of the plan which consisted of staff and parent surveys, building walkthroughs, classroom observations, analysis of student achievement data, financial records, and magnet school implementation contributed to the development of the plan. The Integration and Educational Equity Plan budget is approved on an annual basis by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Robin Gordon, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, 651-423-7914

Cultural Family Advocates

Cultural Family Advocates (CFA) support the Achievement and Integration Plan by working with culturally and ethnically diverse students, to increase and support over all participation and academic achievement. These staff members advise school staff in understanding the culture and expectations of diverse families, and serve as a liaison between the school district and diverse families in facilitating an understanding of school culture and expectations. Learn more about our Cultural Family Advocates.


For questions regarding our equity and inclusion services, please contact the Equity and Inclusion Department at

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