Mission and Work

We are committed to creating equitable outcomes where all students thrive.  We work to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments, where students, staff, and parents know that they matter and that they belong.

Mission

We believe that each student has the potential to achieve, and it is our responsibility to provide all students the opportunity and support needed to meet their highest capability in a safe and welcoming environment. We acknowledge that systemic and institutional inequities and bias exist, creating barriers for student achievement and well-being. We are committed to raising the achievement of all learners regardless of race, status, varied ability, mental health, English language fluency, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, trauma impact, and geography. Our culture should promote the identification and removal of barriers causing predictability and disproportionality of the highest and lowest achieving groups. ( EL-16 EQUITY)

Recent work

Please read to see some highlights of recent work that has happened in the District regarding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Created an Equity Department

Adopted a new English Language Arts curriculum for 9-11 grades that includes a variety of diverse books and authors and talks about topics of racism and injustice

Creating equity building lead positions in every school

Hired an Equity Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA)

Partnered with, Dr. Caprice Hollins of Cultures Connecting to lead ongoing professional development trainings to school staff, and District and building administrators

Partnered with community members to launch equity work within the city of Issaquah

Created a Student Equity Team involving students from all four high schools

Hired an Executive Director of Equity

Partnered with the Snoqualmie Tribe and wrote our own third grade Social Studies curriculum to capture history from their truth and voice

Hired three Family Partnership Liaisons to support families in all three feeder patterns

Created a Religious and Cultural Holidays Calendar to spread awareness and to learn about the holidays that are celebrated by our Issaquah community

Held student listening sessions to give voice to student experiences/perspectives regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion in our district

Held Equity Advisory Committee meetings to help guide the equity, diversity, and inclusion work of the school district. This committee is comprised of staff, parents, and community members.