The Palo Alto Promise and the Student and Family Engagement Team
The Palo Alto Promise section on Equity and Excellence aligns with the work of the Student and Family Engagement Team, specifically, areas on Student Centered Supports and School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Equity & Excellence
All students shall experience an environment characterized by high expectations, acceptance, respect, and support to become invested in the pursuit of learning and excellence without fear of threat, humiliation, danger or disregard. Excellence shall become the norm for all regardless of background or demographics. Our schools shall embrace uniqueness, strengths, and challenges with support, understanding, expectations, and encouragement to succeed.
How will we measure progress? (Key Performance Indicators)
Increase in percentage of historically underrepresented students who meet academic expectations in the following areas: Passing classes as evidenced by D/F lists, attendance, state and local assessment, A-G completion, IEP goals, AP/advanced class enrollment, college and career ready status
Increase in percentage of historically underrepresented students who report a positive school environment characterized by equitable treatment and perceptions of being valued, respected and cared for by school staff (Measure: CHKS Survey, Climate Surveys, disaggregated discipline data, extra-curricular participation)
Increase in parent knowledge/skill to support their children and perceptions of trust and transparency of the school and district office (Measure: Parent Survey)
Student Centered Supports
Ensure that every student has access to programs, services, activities, and enrichment experiences that support student learning and enable each individual to achieve their fullest intellectual, creative, and social potential.
Adopt universal screening protocols for entering Kindergarten to identify students at risk of academic, behavioral, and/or socio-emotional challenges and to assist with evenly distributed classes
Provide second-chance opportunities for mastery and award full credit for second attempts when appropriate (e.g. test remediation and retakes) Communicate and reinforce school and classroom expectations for academic achievement, standards mastery, behavior, and attendance in advance for both students and families
Develop and communicate a student assistance program protocol at each site designed to support students who are not meeting academic, behavioral, or socio-emotional expectations
Provide equitable access with transportation to after-school services and opportunities
Create dual-enrollment pathways for HUR students leading to graduation from PAUSD with sophomore status in college
Utilize evidence-based instructional strategies (differentiation, universal design, student assistance programming, positive behavioral supports) to meets students where they are
Redesign the Family Engagement Specialist Program with emphasis on direct student level support and case management of historically underrepresented students
School, Family, & Community Partnerships
The District Office, schools, and classrooms are places where all staff, students and families feel connected, supported and have input into decisions.
Host language accessible informational nights, workshops and other forums targeted to families of historically underrepresented groups
Hold quarterly regional community outreach and learning opportunities for families to amplify their voices and build upon a foundation of strength
Ensure translation and interpretation services in all supported languages are accessible to parents upon request and explore opportunities for on the spot translation and interpretation services using over the phone and video remote interpretation services
Create partnerships with community organizations to advance the equity initiative, provide resources to families, and better support students
Establish partnerships with school districts experiencing extraordinary results with HUR students