District Diversity Council
Carroll Independent School District recently appointed 63 parents, students and staff members to serve on a District Diversity Council (DDC) with another 120 individuals invited to participate on individual Campus Diversity Councils (CDC). The DDC is a culturally-informed advisory committee that is representative of the students, staff and parents in Carroll ISD when it comes to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
The district received more than 180 applications from individuals interested in enacting positive change as part of the district's Cultural Competence Action Plan. Formation of the group is part of the Strategic Plan, but was accelerated after a video of teens chanting racial slurs was posted to social media last fall. The advisory councils are just one part of a multi-faceted response by school leaders who have been meeting face-to-face with students and inviting parent/staff input on the topics of cultural competence and diversity.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Janet McDade and Tyisha Nelson, Executive Director of Special Programs, will lead the work of the DDC until a time in which two citizen co-chairs will be selected. Officials say an orientation meeting is scheduled January 30, with plans to establish subcommittees that will work on various aspects of the Cultural Competence Action Plan. In December 2018, Trustees approved the Council framework, ensuring that more than half of the DDC would be appointed by campus principals and represent families in each of the district's 11 attendance zones. In addition, each School Board member appointed someone to serve on the Committee, with additional at-large appointments by the Superintendent's Cabinet.
The DDC's charge will be to:
- Promote the goal of cultural competence within CISD.
- Facilitate communication and understanding among different constituencies, and serve as a community resource.
- Advocate for and support culturally competent and responsive programs and policies.
- Engage students, staff, and faculty to collect feedback on cultural competence in CISD.
- Propose strategies for reaching cultural competence.