Dear South Colonie Families,
We hope this message finds you well. We are excited to share with you the latest updates on our ongoing efforts to foster a more inclusive and equitable environment at South Colonie. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has been actively working towards creating positive change in our schools, and we are pleased to release the second edition of our equity report card.
In May 2021, the New York State Board of Regents set forth a policy urging and supporting efforts in New York’s schools. This policy anticipates that all educational institutions will adopt and implement substantive DEI policies and practices. Keeping this commitment to DEI at the forefront, South Colonie released its first edition equity report card in October 2021. With the overarching goal of eradicating race, class, ability and gender as determinants of academic performance and social-emotional well-being in our district, the equity report card offered descriptive data on demographics and student achievement, pinpointing potential areas of disproportionality.
The second edition of the report, available below, empowers the district to formulate and execute an action plan aimed at reducing inequities in learning opportunities while fostering academic achievement across all student groups.
This year we introduced “The Name Project,” currently in its pilot phase at Shaker Road Elementary. This exciting initiative involves recording the correct pronunciations of every student’s name and linking it to their student profile in ASPEN. By embracing and respecting the diversity of names within our school community, we aim to foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The Name Project is not just about pronunciation but a celebration of individual identities and a commitment to creating a community where every name is recognized and honored.
As South Colonie presses on with its journey to establish a more inclusive environment for students and faculty, the district is actively engaged in assessing internal and external communication efforts and professional development opportunities. Additionally, strides are being made to create a shared space for resources that extend learning opportunities throughout our school buildings.
The next district-wide committee meeting is scheduled for Jan. 22. More information on the committee can be found here.
We firmly believe that robust DEI practices benefit every student, and with your continued support, we are committed to advancing towards an educational environment where everyone feels esteemed and included.
Thank you for being steadfast partners in this crucial journey.
Superintendent of Schools