DPS Equity Policy Feedback Project

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Over the last couple of years, multiple stakeholders have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of adopting a racial and educational equity policy for Durham Public Schools. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock, Executive Director for Equity Affairs, proposed a plan for convening an Equity Policy Task Force, which would develop an equity policy for the school district. The Office of Equity Affairs began gathering this diverse group of stakeholders in the fall of 2020 and they have been working tirelessly to craft ideas for the policy.

The task force has now developed a drafted outline for the policy, which consists of five pillars of racial and educational equity. We need your feedback to ensure the policy is reflective of the needs and desires of the Durham Public Schools family. Specifically, at this time, we would like you to review the five pillars of the policy and provide feedback.

The Five Pillars are:

  1. Disrupting Systemic Inequities

    • (Example - Boldly naming practices that contribute to discrimination and being accountable for solving them).

  1. Honoring Home Culture, Experiences, & Humanity of Students, Families & Community

    • (Example - Creating a welcoming, inclusive environment in schools for students and families).

  1. Ensuring Access & Representation in Academic Programming in Schools

    • (Example - Eliminating barriers contributing to inequitable access to advanced courses).

  1. Building Staff Capacity for Equity-Centered Practices

    • (Example - Providing professional development on cultural responsiveness for all staff members).

  1. Addressing Social and Emotional Well Being of Students and Staff

    • (Example - Integrating social and emotional competencies in the design of student learning and professional learning).


We appreciate any feedback you can provide through the form below!

Over the last couple of years, multiple stakeholders have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of adopting a racial and educational equity policy for Durham Public Schools. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock, Executive Director for Equity Affairs, proposed a plan for convening an Equity Policy Task Force, which would develop an equity policy for the school district. The Office of Equity Affairs began gathering this diverse group of stakeholders in the fall of 2020 and they have been working tirelessly to craft ideas for the policy.

The task force has now developed a drafted outline for the policy, which consists of five pillars of racial and educational equity. We need your feedback to ensure the policy is reflective of the needs and desires of the Durham Public Schools family. Specifically, at this time, we would like you to review the five pillars of the policy and provide feedback.

The Five Pillars are:

  1. Disrupting Systemic Inequities

    • (Example - Boldly naming practices that contribute to discrimination and being accountable for solving them).

  1. Honoring Home Culture, Experiences, & Humanity of Students, Families & Community

    • (Example - Creating a welcoming, inclusive environment in schools for students and families).

  1. Ensuring Access & Representation in Academic Programming in Schools

    • (Example - Eliminating barriers contributing to inequitable access to advanced courses).

  1. Building Staff Capacity for Equity-Centered Practices

    • (Example - Providing professional development on cultural responsiveness for all staff members).

  1. Addressing Social and Emotional Well Being of Students and Staff

    • (Example - Integrating social and emotional competencies in the design of student learning and professional learning).


We appreciate any feedback you can provide through the form below!