At Wyoming City Schools, we believe that multiple perspectives and experiences provide the foundation for educational excellence. We strive to establish a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment where students and staff communicate with compassion, courage, and understanding. Our commitment to building a sense of belonging for every member of our community drives us forward every day.
Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Committee
The Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Committee has been created to support this work in Wyoming City Schools. This committee is made of the superintendent and two board members to provide oversight and the committee will communicate monthly at Board of Education meetings to share information about the work taking place in our schools.
Wyoming City Schools Board of Education Declaration of Support for the Work of the Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Committee
Belonging and Inclusion Collaborative
The Belonging & Inclusion Collaborative (BIC) consists of Wyoming City Schools administrators, board members, caregivers and parents, staff members, and teachers working to:
- Foster a sense of belonging for all members of our Wyoming community
- Develop a school community culture that is equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist
- Create safe learning environments for all students regardless of lived experiences and/or background such as race, color, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, family-style, exceptionality, or socio-economic status
During the 2020-2021 school year, the BIC will support the work of the district to investigate student data, critically evaluate curriculum to ensure it represents all students, examine hiring practices, and engage all staff in One Degree Shift.
One Degree Shift
One Degree Shift is the program of professional development and series of discussions about bias and racism that all staff members participate in at Wyoming City Schools.
Educators play a crucial role in helping students understand and talk openly about historical and current inequities and discrimination. All Wyoming City Schools employees, regardless of who we are, our role, our intentions, or how long we've worked in education, can benefit from a One Degree Shift in our thinking, knowledge, and understanding. While one degree may seem insignificant, a slight shift has the potential to make a substantial impact in understanding our students, families, and colleagues.
"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it."
- James Baldwin
We partner with Katrice Quitter, Hamilton County Educational Service Center Educational Consultant, on our One Degree Shift work. In a profession that is constantly changing and evolving, she believes that we should always keep a laser-focus on the one factor that is constant in education by asking ourselves one essential question: What's best for kids? Putting kids first will ensure that everything that we do is student-focused and purposeful to help ALL students learn and grow.