RATIONALE FOR AN EQUITY COUNCIL: New Mexico school districts and charter schools are establishing Equity Councils in response to the Yazzie/ Martinez v. the State of New Mexico consolidated lawsuit. This is a great opportunity to work toward serving New Mexico’s students by building an equitable and relevant educational system that draws upon the experiences and strengths of communities to engage families and stakeholders across the state. MACCS is reaching out to our community for those interested in participating in the Equity Council at MACCS. I have attached more information.
FROM PED: Holding students’ identity, culture, and language at the center of our work as a strength is key in the design of our schools and every aspect of our educational system. Districts and charter schools shall implement a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive (CLR) framework to prepare students for college, career, and life by supporting their identity and holistic development, including social, emotional, and physical wellness, in addition to rigorous academic standards.
- Conduct a Yazzie/ Martinez Readiness Assessment provided by the NMPED with a focus on economically disadvantaged students, English learners, Native American students and students with disabilities to support schools.
- Analyze the Yazzie/ Martinez Readiness Assessment data at regional trainings hosted by the NMPED and establish an equity plan.
- Support the establishment of school equity teams and the creation of school-level CLR frameworks.
- Build the school-level CLR framework integrating learnings from parents, families, Tribes and community stakeholders.
- Submit and implement 90-day plans to the NM DASH and use data from the New Mexico Spotlight system to track annual progress with specific focus on economically disadvantaged students, English learners, Native American students and students with disabilities.
- Empower teachers and the school community to implement the school-level CLR framework
- MACCS plans to recruit at least 6-7 Equity Council members.
WHO IS ON THE EQUITY COUNCIL?
- School Leadership
- School Staff/ Teachers
- Parent or Family Member of Student
- Community Member
- Member of a Nation, Tribe or Pueblo
WHAT GROUPS DOES THE COUNCIL REPRESENT?
- Economically Disadvantaged Students
- English Language Learner Students
- Native American Students
- Students with Disabilities
STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING COUNCIL:
- MACCS admin team determines number of Equity Council members based on school population and required representation from PED
- Application sent to MACCS community
- MACCS solicits applications on a weekly basis until all positions are filled
- Members who best represent the MACCS population and PED requirements will be chosen.
- When complete, MACCS will publish the process and members on its website.
Thank you for considering joining the MACCS Equity Council. Please drop off your application, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Dooley.
Jonathan Dooley, Principal
Media Arts Collaborative Charter School