• 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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