In Walla Walla Public Schools, equity is defined as fair, just and inclusive educational access and experiences for all students. This definition commits us to identifying and removing barriers that keep students from participating fully in the school experience. Through this process, we focus on ensuring high levels of academic learning and providing social emotional supports for each learner.
Focusing our equity lens on access allows us to ensure our students’ educational experiences are fully realized, with careful and deliberate consideration to individual needs and circumstances. We are committed to: a) consistency and fairness in our instructional approach, b) continual connections with students and families, and c) providing opportunities at a micro and macro level by engaging families and ensuring access to district and community resources.
To achieve our equity goals, Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to:
- Standing up to injustice, with school environments that are inclusive, respectful and tolerant (See We All Belong Here efforts)
- Quickly addressing behaviors or actions by students, staff, or guests that may be in conflict with these beliefs (See Safe Tips Hotline)
- Ensuring a faculty and School Board that is both trained and implements anti-racist, culturally competent instructional environments and experiences
- Teaching respect and acceptance through socially just learning curricula for students
- Prioritizing the diversity of our workforce through recruitment, retention and “growing our own” strategies
- Intentionally addressing equity when making program, curriculum, and resourcing decisions
- Guaranteeing equitable family engagement that ensures resources, communication and outreach is provided in languages, materials and manners that maximize the school-to-home relationship
- Removing all barriers that overtly or covertly inhibit full student participation and prosperity in their academic, athletic, activity and beyond high school plans
Dr. Julie Perron
Director of Equity and Dual Programs
Dr. Wade Smith
Superintendent of Schools