Eliminating Opportunity Gaps

Welcome to the EOG Digital Toolkit

Our Commitments

In order to achieve educational equity for our students, the district made three major commitments, as made evident by School Board Policy No. 0030 Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity.

1. Awareness

What is EOG?

What is EOG?

Eliminating Opportunity GAPS(EOG) is ensuring educational and racial equity.

Transcript

Statistically, it is clear that there is disproportionality in our school district.

Seattle Public Schools IS making progress, but we continue to have unacceptable achievement gaps between white students and students of color.

As a result of these disparities, we see too many of our students unprepared to compete and fully participate equally as citizens in our great city.

That is why we are declaring our commitment to eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for each and every one of our students. We CAN Do Better and We MUST Do Better!

We must ensure that each and every student, particularly African American males and students of color are on track to graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.

To make the required changes to eliminate opportunity gaps we must provide all staff with accessible tools and resources that lead to a transformation of adult attitudes, beliefs and actions.

The digital toolkit is one of many projects in the EOG portfolio, which seeks to provide supports and resources to all Seattle School District staff. These modules will lay the foundation of our work together towards Eliminating Opportunity Gaps.

We hope you enjoy your awareness journey!

Research

We need to acknowledge the problem with the opportunity gap in order to address it.

"Findings from a recent study by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis revealed that Seattle ranked as the 5th school district with the biggest achievement gap among the nation’s 200 largest school districts.

White kids in the district are doing great! …But for black kids in Seattle, the data from that study paints a very different picture.”

- The Seattle Times

Balk, Gene. Seattle Schools have biggest white-black achievement gap in state. The Seattle Times, 9 May 2016.

SPS Data

Impact of Race & Income on Achievement - English Language Arts

Historically Underserved = African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander students.

Impact of Race & Income on Achievement - Mathematics

Historically Underserved = African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander students.

2016 - 2017 Suspension Rates Relative to Enrollment Size

Cracking the Codes

We must begin to transform our actions and beliefs to eliminate opportunity gaps.

World Trust TV. Cracking the Codes: Ise Lyfe & Tilman Smith, Personal Bias.YouTube. YouTube, 10 Dec. 2012.

Transcript

White boy, who walks in the room, and is animated and moving around and maybe even a little cheeky is smart. And, isn't he smart? Isn't he cheeky? He's almost looked at as, "well, boys will be boys".

A child--a boy of color, especially an African American boy, who walks in the room exhibiting the same behavior, walks in and is "hmm, I may need to keep an eye on him".

We are afraid of these young boys, and I'm talking young boys, four years old and above. And that instead of the teacher looking at him or herself and saying, 'what is going on with me that this same behavior creates fear in me instead of admiration? We pathologize the boy of color.

"Jump shot."

"No, look I just want to get over there."

"Dance."

"No, listen, I just--I need to get over there."

"Crack."

"No, no I'm sorry. Look, I just want to get over there."

"Rap. No, I need to get over there!"

"Hey Man!"

"Show me your jump shot! Rap! Sing! Rap for me! Dance! Rap!"

"Just stop!"

There was no place for us in school. I would argue that the greatest waste of my life was the four years I spent in high school. And this is coming from an educator. That there was, from the food we were fed, to the only way we were really accepted in school. You know, black boys are the mascots of any high school that they're in, where I grew up. I don't know about other places--I've seen it in other places though. I see it now at universities, where like the black dudes, you know they'rethey're the provocative part of your experience in high school or college or in the work place, You know. And for me, it just, didn't speak to me.

Race always deals with boxes right? And, I think when we are...So let's say you grow up in a suburb or you grow up in an affluent area in a city that has an affluent area and a ghetto. But you're black, a black boy. And, you...so you get to school and there's a box for you. And that box says that you rap, you're an athlete, you're slightly to highly misbehaved, you're not involved or into your education that much, you sell and/or use drugs. That's the box that you're accepted in. And in order to play ball, no pun intended, that's how you interact with yourself and your own identity. And this is how you're cool.

But you feel like, the box that it traps you in, is you feel like to be healthier, to be in a more sound mind-state, to think and know and come from a place of foundation in your life is something that you have to be ashamed of and you have to denounce can drive you crazy.

Policy No. 0030

In order to achieve educational equity for our students, the district established Policy No. 0030 and made 3 major commitments:

1. Raise the achievement of all students.

  • Narrowing the gaps between the lowest and highest performing students

2. Eliminate racial predictability and disproportionality in all aspects of education and it's administration, such as:

  • Disproportionate over application of discipline to students of color
  • Over-representation in Special Education
  • Under-representation in various Advanced Learning programs

3. Ensure all students regardless of race or class graduate from Seattle Public Schools ready to succeed in a global community.

  • Competitive in their chosen fields
  • Have resources to live in the city of Seattle
  • Have a sense of civic responsibility
  • Understanding of personal and professional identity

Seattle Ready

What does SEATTLE READY mean to you? Below are responses from the SPS community. 

Reflection

Eliminating opportunity gaps is a community effort! Let's share our thoughts and opinions to help each other in this work.

Reflections will be collected to improve EOG efforts. Comments maybe share anonymously with the broader SPS community.

Point of View (POV)

What does "Seattle Ready" mean to you?

Reflection

Eliminating opportunity gaps is a community effort! Let's share our thoughts and opinions to help each other in this work.

Reflections will be collected to improve EOG efforts. Comments maybe share anonymously with the broader SPS community.

Look Forward

What is one way you can personally contribute to the districts' Policy No. 0030 commitment?

2. Caring

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3. Trust

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4. Motivations

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5. Beliefs

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6. Implicit Bias

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