Equity and Inclusion
At District 196, the sky’s the limit. That’s because our committed team of educators is dedicated to helping learners explore the outer limits of their vast potential. We firmly believe that our students come first and that all students can learn. Our highly-skilled and compassionate educators and staff are dedicated to creating safe, respectful and inclusive environments that allow students to maximize their learning.
It is our policy to create a culture of respect in each building in District 196. Per policy 503.8AR, "District 196 schools are expected to establish a culture of respect. The district and schools will establish strategies for creating a positive school climate and will use evidence-based social-emotional learning to prevent and reduce discrimination and other improper conduct."
District 196 Equity Framework
District 196 qualifies as a racially isolated district and currently has one racially identifiable school: Echo Park School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology. In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, District 196 has developed an achievement and integration plan to address the needs of these school communities.
The purpose of the Achievement and Integration for Minnesota Program is to do the following in Minnesota public schools:
- 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.
The District 196 2020-23 Achievement and Integration Plan was developed by a 55-member council that consisted of parents, teachers, students and other district staff. The plan's budget is approved on an annual basis by the Minnesota Department of Education.
Cultural Family Advocates
Cultural Family Advocates (CFA) support our 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.