(Idaho Freedom Foundation) West Ada School District is spending $125K on equity consultant Education Elements to develop a districtwide strategic plan. Education Elements is a self-proclaimed anti-racist consulting firm seeking to “dismantle the systems of inequity that perpetuate oppression” in the school system and claiming that racism has “seeped into all American institutions.”
Education Elements offers guidance to districts on how to train staff, conduct climate surveys, and develop strategic plans for equity, curriculum, and policy. The group will guide West Ada’s administration in developing a Comprehensive Strategic Plan that includes developing a vision statement, the Portrait of a Graduate (a social-emotional learning element), and “strategic [p]riorities and metrics for monitoring and growth” toward the group’s equitable vision.
Every school in the district will be required to align their classroom practices and curriculum, staff training, and school culture according to the new strategic plan.
But what does this equitable path forward look like? Education Elements shows us through its publicly available trainings, reading lists, and policy recommendations. (Read More)