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Equity Task ForcE

The San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees is committed to equity and ensuring that all students in our District succeed. As you may know, they adopted the National Equity Project's Equity Definition and have established an Equity Task Force for which over 60 applications were received. Applications represent student, classified staff, certificated staff, and community members.

Equity Task Force Members:
Students - Nailah Blake, Carolyn Mish & Geneva Williams
Parents - Diana Harlick, Tenea Nelson, Karla Rodriguez & Kristen Sevillia
Community Members - Francisco Guzman, Rosie Rivera & Colleen Sullivan
Classified Staff - Lenny Souza
Certificated Staff - Laura Evans & Sue Wright

San Mateo-Foster City Equity Working Definition

Educational equity means that each student receives what they need to develop to his or her full academic and social potential.  Working towards equity involves:

  • Ensuring equally high outcomes for all participants in our educational system; removing the predictability of success or failures that currently correlates with any social or cultural factor
  • Interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and students
  • Discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, talents, and interests that every human possesses.

Immediate Equity Task Force Actions:

  • Craft an Equity Agenda based on the definition of equity set by the Board and the adopted Equity Priorities that establishes a full framework to maintain equity for all students in the district. This may include an examination of the Board’s definition of equity, and a proposal to make adjustments.
  • Create Task Force governance doctrine—to be approved by the Board of Trustees—that includes, but is not limited to, future selection and replacement process of task force members, rules and procedures, and vision and mission statement.
  • Create a tool to assess the equity impact of board policies.
  • Collaborate with the communications committee to develop a communications plan for district stakeholders that focuses on transparent communication of performance, progress, and equity (keeping within the bounds of student privacy laws).

Following the completion of the immediate action items, the Task Force will meet quarterly to monitor the impact and adherence of the Equity Agenda in the district as outlined by the ongoing Equity Task Force actions items. The Task Force shall provide quarterly updates and recommendations to the Board of Trustees to further sustain equity in the district and may propose adjustments as needs arise and change.

Ongoing Equity Task Force Actions:

  • Review current board policies and identify ways that those policies support or inhibit equity in our schools and
  • Evaluate the LCAP spending, with a review of the current LCAP process, through the equity framework and indicate how the LCAP supports or inhibits student growth in subgroups that have historically
  • Work with communications committee to prioritize communication relating to the equity
  • Monitor student progress toward achievement goals and provide recommendations and solutions to the Board
  • Examine the budget against the Equity Agenda and identify areas where the allocation of human and capital resources do not effectively address equity.                        

The Equity Task Force will report back to the Board of Trustees with outcomes and status of the action items.