A Welcoming Environment at Woodland
It is very important every child comes to Woodland feeling welcome and part of our school community. Without this connection students and staff are not able to be the best they can be. To support this learning environment, in February 2018, the Woodland Board of Education approved Woodland's Strategic Plan. Equity and Inclusivity is interwoven throughout the Strategic Planning Goals of: Student Learning, Student Well-Being and Staff Recruitment and Development.
Woodland Equity and Inclusivity Committee
Woodland is inviting parents, staff and middle school students to join the Woodland Equity and Inclusivity Committee. The committee will help Woodland fulfill its goals of creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students. For more information about the committee contact Steve Thomas at (847) 596-5622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodland's Equity and Inclusivity Committee is working with a faciliatator, Mr. Roger Moreano of B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Mr. Moreano is a Warren and Gurnee 56 community member. He has been facilitating the Diversity Committee at Warren since 2015 and has been working with Grayslake Central High School. More about the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. organization can be found at: http://moreanobridges.wixsite.com/diversitybridges
Equity Articles and Current Events
Waldman, K. (2018, July 23). A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism. The New Yorker. Retrieved from https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-sociologist-examines-the-white-fragility-that-prevents-white-americans-from-confronting-racism
The Good Men Project (2017, December 6). Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/good-men-project/why-its-so-hard-to-talk-to-white-people-about-racism_b_7183710.html
Raising White kids to be Racial Sensitive and Proactive https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/09/health/race-kids-sensitivity-harvey/index.html
Robinson, R. (2018, September 14). Why Black Parents Fear the Suburbs. Retrieved from https://www.fatherly.com/love-money/culture/black-parents-race-suburbs-childrens-safety/
2018 Woodland Equity and Inclusivity Survey
This June, Woodland surveyed it parents, staff and middle school students to understand how our community views the culture and environment at Woodland. The results from this survey will form a baseline for the efforts of Woodland's Equity and Inclusivity Committee.