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    Bernalillo Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity Council

    Definition of Equity

    Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS) is committed to educational fairness and opportunity for all racial and ethnic groups and academic excellence and personal success for each and every student in our school district.  Central to this commitment is educational equity.  Educational equity means raising the achievement of all students while (1) addressing the achievement gaps between the lowest and highest performing students; and (2) eliminating the racial and socio-economic predictability or disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories. 

    Purpose of the Superintendent’s Equity Council:

    Specifically, the Equity Council established for Bernalillo Public Schools will address the educational inequities that exist within Bilingual Education, Indian Education and Special Education, and supported by the ruling in the Martinez/Yazzie Lawsuit in 2018.  The mission of the Council is to ensure BPS engages students in the highest quality learning, prepares students for responsible, productive citizenship, and inspires students to be college and career ready regardless of ethnicity and socioeconomic status.  Racial equity is a critical component for the district for a basic and essential reason, to raise the achievement of each and every student.

    The work is complex and often uncomfortable, but BPS is committed to eliminating the achievement gaps between the highest and lowest performing students and eliminating the racial predictability or disproportionality of our student groups that occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.

    Membership Composition (as per NMPED Requirement)

    • Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Council membership shall include representatives of the school district or charter school leadership, school staff, students, parents and family members, community members, and members of Nations, Tribes or Pueblos.
    • At least half of the total membership must represent the student groups identified in the Court’s ruling in the Yazzie/Martinez case — students with disabilities, Native American students, students who are English learners, and economically disadvantaged students.
    • If a school district or charter school is identified as serving a significant population of Native American students, the Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Council shall include at least one member from each Nation, Tribe or Pueblo represented in that population.
    • School districts and charter schools must establish a fair and transparent process for the selection of the Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Council members and shall post an explanation of that process on the school district’s or charter school’s website by December 20, 2019, along with the names of the selected council members.

     

    2019-2020 School Year Key Goals to be Accomplished by Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Councils

    Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Councils are responsible for creating strategies to implement and track the progress of and to fulfill the following key goals:

    • By February 3, 2020, the completion of the required Martinez/Yazzie Readiness Assessment.  The template for the Assessment will be provided to school districts and charter schools by early January 2020;
    • By April 1, 2020, based on the completed Martinez/Yazzie Readiness Assessment, the creation of a district- or charter-level Equity Plan to support school transformation to align with the Department’s goals in implementing the court’s decision. A template for the Equity Plan will be provided to school districts and charter schools by early January 2020;
    • by June 30, 2020, the creation and implementation of a culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) framework for schools, based on the October 22, 2019 letter (attached) and additional information to be provided to school districts and charter schools in early 2020;
    • By July 15, 2020, a report describing the school district’s or charter school’s system for, and tracking of, funding and uses of funding, to improve outcomes for at-risk students, Native American students, students with disabilities, students who are English learners, and economically disadvantaged students;
    • Reaching out to NMPED, as needed, for additional guidance on measures necessary to align with the Department’s Martinez/Yazzie initiatives, including the school district’s or charter school’s ongoing implementation of and compliance with the New Mexico Indian Education, Hispanic Education, and Bilingual Multicultural Education Acts, federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and federal Office for Civil Rights requirements for serving English learners.

     

    NMPED CLR Framework Roadmap: 

    All students in New Mexico are engaged in a culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) educational system that meets their social, emotional, and academic needs.

    NMPED Equity Team

    Complete the Y/M Readiness Assessment tool and

    Design a scorecard to track progress.

    Integrate the CLR levers into each bureau and division; doing the work of operationalizing CLR practices.

    Ensure that the NMDASH includes CLR components in all aspects of reporting, and launch with early-adopter schools

    Support districts, charters, and schools through feedback in the NM DASH, the New Mexico Spotlight system, regional trainings, webinars, and guidance handbooks to ensure co-creation with parents, families, Tribes and community.

    Collaborate with the Higher Education, Indian Affairs, and Finance and Administration departments on key aspects of M/Y.

    Superintendent/Executive Directors' Equity Councils

    Conduct a readiness assessment provided by the NMPED-with a focus on economically disadvantaged students, English learners, Native American students, and students with disabilities-to support schools.

    Analyze readiness assessment data at regional trainings hosted by the NMPED and support schools in establishing equity councils and CLR frameworks.

    Support the implementation of a culturally and linguistically responsive framework for every school.

    School Equity Teams

    Build the school-level framework integrating learnings from parents, families, Tribes, and communities with support from district equity team

    Submit and implement 90-day plans to the NMDASH and use data from the New Mexico Spotlight system to track annual progress with specific focus on economically disadvantaged students, English learners, Native American students, and students with disabilities.

    Empower teachers to implement CLR instruction using the CLR framework.

    Students

    Inform school equity councils and the creation of the CLR Framework.

    Engaged students that are supported culturally, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and academically.

    Parents, Families, Tribes, and Community

    Engaged, connected, and consulted parents, families, community stakeholders, and tribes-sharing what's important and necessary-to ensure students are culturally and linguistically, socially, emotionally, and academically supported.

     

    IMPLEMENTATION CALENDAR 2019-2020

    OCT

    Districts and charters receive the Yazzie/Martinez (YM)Consolidated Lawsuit. OCT letter from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) regarding CLR framework expectations and equity for economically disadvantaged students, English learners, Native American students, and students with disabilities.

    NOV

    The NM PED and the Identity Equity and Transformation (IET) team provide guidance on the Y/M consolidated lawsuit and the role of the equity councils. Districts and charters establish equity councils.

    DEC

    The NM PED IET hosts round tables for school-community engagement on equity with superintendents, charter leaders, and Tribal Department of Education Directors.

    JAN

    NM PED offers support to district-and-charter equity councils through readiness assessment. The NM PED IET offers training on CLR and identity to NM PED staff, superintendents, and charter leaders.

    FEB-MAR

    The NM PED IET provides regional trainings to district-and-charter equity councils with primary focus on readiness assessment progress and submitting a plan for the creation or implementation of the CLR frameworks.

    APR-MAY

    The NM PED LCD hosts round tables for school-community engagement on equity with superintendents, charter leaders, and Tribal Department of Education Directors. The NM PED LCD provides regional trainings to district-and-charter equity councils on submitting a plan for the creation or implementation of CLR frameworks.

    MAY-JUN

    Annual NM PED Teacher Conference offers strands focused on economically disadvantaged students, English learners, Native American students, and students with disabilities, CLR frameworks, NM DASH, and New Mexico Spotlight system.Districts, charters, and schools implement first iteration of CLR frameworks.

    JUNE

    CLR frameworks are submitted to the NMPED and adopted by districts, charters, and schools.

    JUL

    Implementation and technical assistance is provided to districts and charters who do not have CLR framework established. The NMPED will provide a timeline for completion within 90 days

    Members of The Superintendent’s Equity Council

    1. Keith Cowan, Superintendent kcowan@bps.k12.nm.us
    2. Michelle Padilla, Director of Curriculum and Instruction mpadilla@bps.k12.nm.us
    3. Jeanette Garcia, Indian Education Coordinator jgarcia@bps,k12.nm.us
    4. Baylor Del Rosario, Director of Student Services broasario@bps.k12.nm.us
    5. Elsy Diaz, Director of language and Equity ediaz@bps.k12.nm.us
    6. Justice Vasquez, Special Education Teacher jvasquez@bps.k12.nm.us
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    Click Here For The Equity Council Application

                               

     

     

     

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    Bernalillo sees an overall Increase in graduation rates by 6 Points from 2017 and an Increase in nearly all subgroups. Strong Initiatives, College and Career Readiness along with high expectations will lead to higher graduation rates which will meet or exceed the state average.

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