District Diversity Council
Please see below more information on the District Diversity Council:
About The District Diversity Council
In January of 2019, Carroll Independent School District 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, age 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 in October 2018. 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 Dr. Janet McDade and Tyisha Nelson, Executive Director of Special Programs, lead the work of the DDC along with citizen co-chairs Pam Francis and Eric Ransom. An orientation meeting was held on January 30, with several meetings to follow in the spring as the DDC worked to make recommended changes ot the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, the DDC formed six subcommittees that began working 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 is 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.
DDC Meetings were held on:
- January 20, 2019
- February 28, 2019
- April 3, 2019
- May 2, 2019
- September 18, 2019
- October 24, 2019
- November 21, 2019
- January 23, 2020
- February 27, 2020
- April 30, 2020 (virtual meeting due to COVID-19 closures)
- May 26, 2020 (Virtual Meeting Cancelled)
- July 23, 2020 - Virtual Meeting
- September, 10, 2020 (meeting cancelled)
Co-chairs Pam Francis and Eric Ransom attended CISD's June 3, 2019 School Board meeting to give a public update. The video footage of their presentation is available online: https://carrollisdtx.swagit.com/play/06032019-980
The main focus of the DDC lin the spring of 2019 was to make recommendations and changes to the Student Code of Conduct. On August 5, 2019 the School Board approved the SCOC changes and those have been implemented. You can find out more about the wording and recommended changes here: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicMeetingMaterials.aspx?ak=220919&mk=50337353
This helped CISD align SCOC consequences and wording to address discrimination across various federally-protected groups. CISD has been diligent under Dr. Janet McDade’s guidance to bring consistency to our discipline and consequences under the SCOC when it comes to microaggressions or incidents related to these federally-protected groups. This has been a top priority since the video incidents of October 2018.
The DDC's six subcommittees researched their subject areas and created a measurable goal to include in our Cultural Competence Action Plan (CCAP). The Cultural Competence Action Plan will be presented to the Carroll ISD School Board on August 3, 2020. Then the plan will be handed over to the Strategic Planning Committee to incorporate into the district's updated plan during the spring of 2021. That group will integrate the CCAP into the district’s overall five-year Strategic Plan.