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• Plan a special orientation pro-

other extracurricular activities

• Establish a recognition/rewards

gram for the grade level of stu-

is such that all races have an

program for academics, good

dents new to the building at

equal opportunity to be rep-

behavior, extracurricular activ-

the start of the school year that

resented, and be certain that

emphasizes their behavioral

students who are ordinarily

• Make sure that public relations


reluctant to participate are

and school-community relations

encouraged to do so.

programs reflect all racial, eth-

• Work with the student council

ities, and attendance.

(student government) to assure

• Through orientations, assem-

nic, and socioeconomic groups.

that its activities are sensitive to,

blies, and announcements,

• Have a year-round program that

and inclusive of, all cultures, rac-

instill the school’s mission, cul-

systematically highlights differ-

es, and students’ economic status.

ture, and past success stories.

ent racial, ethnic, and cultural

• Develop a positive working rela-

• Establish an effective PTA,

tionship with law enforcement

PTO, or other groups in which

• Establish a committee or task

and other relevant governmen-

parents /guardians are mean-

force on multicultural education

tal agencies.

ingfully involved.

to assess the curriculum and


• Ma ke su re the selection of

• Establish a parent /guardian

identify ongoing needs, paying

cheerleaders, student council

information program that is

particular attention to sensitivi-

members, and participants in

separate from the PTA/PTO.

ty of staff to cultural differences.

Policy Services Custom, in-district services and workshops to assist your board with all aspects of its policymaking role Development – Policies that provide for good board processes, a strong board-superintendent relationship, appropriate direction and delegation to the superintendent, and district ends. Updating – Policies that are current with legal requirements and provide for effective board governance.

Review – A process that assures board policy continues to accurately support the board’s mission, vision, and goals. Monitoring – A process that assures board policy is being followed and is having the intended effect. Communicating – A process that allows easy access to current board policy by the board, staff, students, parents, and the community.

If your board needs assistance in any of these areas, contact IASB policy services today! Phone: 630/629-3776 or 217/528-9688, ext. 1214 or 1154 Email: or

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The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017