Equity & Inclusion
Provide equitable opportunities and an inclusive environment where all students and staff are respected and feel welcome, safe and supported.
- Equity & Access: Close opportunity gaps while increasing student outcomes/achievement for all.
- Diversity/Inclusion: Create a culture of belonging and inclusion for all, where issues of intolerance are addressed through education, awareness and civic responsibility.
10/18/19 Update from Superintendent Gaborik
Our work around equity and inclusion this fall has been exciting! The district hosted four community listening sessions in coordination with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). NCBI is an international leadership organization that works cooperatively with communities and agencies to institutionalize diversity and inclusion programs. The sessions were well received and a wide variety of input was collected that will be included in future district planning sessions.
Additionally, our secondary schools recently participated in Challenge Day. Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program that offers schools and youth organizations an opportunity to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity. The program goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and inspiring a school-wide movement of compassion and positive change. The program addresses some common issues seen in most schools including cliques, gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, sexism, bullying, violence, suicide, homophobia, hopelessness, apathy, and hidden pressures to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others.
As the school year progresses, we will shift our efforts to a system-wide analysis. We will research effective K-12 equity and inclusion programs, perform gap analysis of district’s existing efforts to improve the culture of inclusion, and build a comprehensive equity and inclusion plan.
Fall 2019: The district has contracted with a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant to research effective K-12 equity and inclusion programs, perform gap analysis of district’s existing efforts to improve the culture of inclusion, and build a comprehensive equity and inclusion plan. To contact RMG Business Consulting regarding their audit of the district's equity and inclusion efforts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (907) 750-1553.
The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is a nonprofit leadership training organization based just outside of Washington, D.C. Since 1984, NCBI has been working to eliminate prejudice and intergroup conflict in communities throughout the world. NCBI’s proactive approach begins with recruiting and training a corps of local community leaders who learn effective bridge-building skills to combat these conflicts.
Contact the FNSBSD NCBI Team to request a training!
In Fall 2019, 25 individuals participated in the Train The Trainer program of NCBI.
Also in Fall 2019, 88 individuals participated in the NCBI Exposure Workshops. This included 2 school board members, 10 community members, 10 school district administrators, 4 borough employees, 1 member of local law enforcement, 30 district staff, 6 school principals, 15 students, 2 local union representatives, 2 UAF representatives, and all 6 members of the local NCBI Leadership Team.
Training is ongoing! Learn more about upcoming trainings at Fairbanks Coalition Builders.