Equity-Related News

  • Implicit Bias Learning Opportunity for Parents & Community Members

    Posted by Wauwatosa School District on 2/20/2020

    Dear Wauwatosa School District Families - 


    As a school district, we are entering our third year of all-district staff professional learning and training on equity-related topics. In the past two years, all Wauwatosa School District staff have participated in professional learning about Cultural Relevance, Identity, and Implicit Bias.


    This year we are continuing our learning for all staff and will be covering the topics of Microaggressions and Stereotype Threats, which is connected to our previous work. 


    Last year during our first district-wide Parent/Guardian Chats or Listening Sessions, some of our parent/guardians expressed interest in learning more in-depth about the equity topics the District is covering through professional development with all district staff.


    In response to this, we’d like to provide a personal learning opportunity on the topic of Implicit, presented by Willie E. Garrison II - Supervisor of Equity; Student and Family Services.  


    Come participate in an interactive presentation on Wednesday, March 4 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 


    Take-aways from this presentation can be applied to your professional and personal life, as you engage with colleagues, friends, fellow parents in your child's school or with neighbors and community members. 


    Please RSVP here so that we can plan accordingly for materials.  

    -Wauwatosa School District
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  • Reggie Jackson Speaking in Milwaukee

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 9/23/2019

    Reggie Jackson will be speaking at Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, 1529 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI, on Sept. 24, 2019, at 7:00 pm.  Please see the attachments below for additional details. The focus of the conversation will be around, "The Hidden Impact of Segregation."  Additionally, there will be a question and answering session at the end of the presentation. 

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    Posted by Wauwatosa Schools on 8/30/2019
    As part of the Wauwatosa School District’s continued focus on equity, staff had the opportunity to learn from Dr. David E. Kirkland during the District’s Opening Day convocation on August 29. Dr. Kirkland is the Executive Director of NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.
    His powerful presentation “After the Plan: Advancing Equity in Wauwatosa” reminded us that stories matter; that they can be used to humanize and empower, that misconceptions about who students are and can become are what drives educational disparities, and that creating equity in education "isn’t about broken babies, but about supporting children who are most vulnerable to broken systems.” Following Dr. Kirkland’s all-staff presentation, he did additional sessions with the District’s leadership team. #Equity #GrowthForALL
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  • Parents invited to chat with school leaders about student experience

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 1/3/2019

    Pillar Five of the District’s 2018-2020 Equity plan is to strengthen parent and community relationships, through the lens of equity.


    One way we’re hoping to do this is through good old-fashioned face-to-face, two-way dialogue. This year we’ve implemented “Parent Chats”, which will occur at all District schools over the course of the school year. The first chats were held at Roosevelt, McKinley, Longfellow and West High School in December. The goal is for school leaders to listen to feedback, hear what they’re doing well, allow parents to share their challenging experiences, and allow time for suggestions or ideas for improvements related to creating equitable learning opportunities and environments. Moving forward, each school will host three Parent Chats a year and will have them planned as part of their school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.


    As we talk about equity, it’s important to know what we mean when we use this word. For purposes of the Wauwatosa School District, equity is defined as a commitment to the empathetic understanding of everyone’s needs and perspectives, even those that differ from our own. Equity is the non-negotiable implementation of professional learning, school policies/practices and the redistribution of power that values all stakeholders and promotes human flourishing.


    Learn more about the District's work as it relates to equity by visiting our Diversity & Equity website page.

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  • District Equity Team developing an equity-themed resource guide

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 1/3/2019

    As part of their ongoing work to support the implementation of the District’s Equity Plan, the District Equity Team is developing a Resource Guide that will be available for teachers and principals.


    The goal of the guide is to connect WSD educators to a comprehensive database of equity-related resources for activities, events, and information that they can incorporate in their buildings and classrooms. Resources are aligned to each of the five pillars in the District Equity Plan to ensure consistency for the outcomes and goals the District is working to achieve. Each school has also developed its own building-level equity team this year to help address issues that affect student learning and behavior.

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  • College Search and Career Resources on the Website

    Posted by Tosa Schools on 12/6/2018

    In addition to Career Cruising, we have a comprehensive College Search page on each high school website. If you have a high school junior or senior, the information on this page could be very helpful. Resources include:

    • What to consider when looking for colleges/universities
    • Scholarship Opportunities, including new Diversity Scholarships!
    • Links to College Application Sites
    • Links to Federal Student Aid Information

    Where to find the information:

    • Go to the "Family Resources" Tab in the Main Menu at the top of the East or West High School Webpage
    • Click on "School Counselors/Social Work"
    • Click on "Career and College Resources" in the left-hand navigation
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