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Richfield Realized

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Academic Priorities

1. Address the educational debt owed to marginalized communities.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring the curriculum and classrooms reflect and respect student diversity and the lived experiences of the students in those classrooms
  • Incorporating parent education and resources to support struggling students outside the classroom
  • Ensuring students believe in themselves and their individual talents and abilities
  • Encouraging all students to take rigorous or advanced courses
  • Empowering staff members to build strong, healthy, non-biased relationships with students
  • Providing professional learning for staff on culturally relevant instructional practices
  • Ensuring that all teaching and learning occur using culturally relevant curriculum and practices
  • Ensuring that students receiving special education services have intentional access to supports and services that interrupt predictable patterns

2. Maintain small class sizes by consciously examining class sizes to keep low student-teacher ratios a significant priority.

3. Increase course offerings.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Adding life skills courses at the high school (taxes, budgeting, contracts, etc.)
  • Creating more family and consumer sciences in middle school (culinary, fashion design, etc.)
  • Establishing more music and arts at elementary schools
  • Designing additional project-based learning across grades
  • Adding additional Spanish-language course options to the secondary level dual language immersion programs

4. Continue to support, promote and value biliteracy.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding course offerings, possibly to include  Somali, indigenous or other language/culture elective courses
  • Providing teacher training for enhancing and valuing multiple language use in content classrooms

5. Ensure all students learn about post-secondary options (from trades and certificate programs to 4-year colleges).

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding advisory curriculum focused on post-secondary planning
  • Administering interest inventories for secondary students and using the information to build a rich learning environment
  • Adding or enhancing post-secondary planning in elementary schools
  • Adding a Career and College Center at the high school
  • Creating internships so students can explore careers

Climate & Culture Priorities

1. Ensure students are seen, valued, heard and respected.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring an equitable and culturally relevant environment that represents and values all students and their diverse backgrounds
  • Increasing bullying prevention efforts
  • Maintaining high social and academic expectations with intentional adult support
  • Ensuring rules and policies are in place and followed equitably in buildings across the District 
  • Engaging students in behavior/discipline (such as a restorative justice program) 
  • Improving behavior in the upper grades during lunch and passing times 

2. Increase student support, especially social-emotional support.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Providing supports specifically designed around meeting student needs with respect to all individual student differences
  • Evaluating how counselors are assigned 
  • Teaching time management (to help students juggle school, homework, jobs and extracurricular activities) 
  • Supporting and training teachers to identify and support students with mental health needs 
  • Creating additional support staff positions as budget prioritization allows

3. Support and celebrate diversity.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing an environment that clearly and openly celebrates diversity and commits to valuing differences in all forms
  • Providing districtwide events to celebrate cultures and bring together families from different backgrounds
  • Increasing support for Somali families 
  • Increasing the number of staff members of color through intentional hiring and retention practices
  • Providing racial equity training for staff and creating systems for implementation
  • Starting student and/or staff affinity groups 
  • Continuing to expand the diversity of literature in libraries

4. Provide new opportunities for parent involvement.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding and deepening bilingual and multicultural family services
  • Empowering parents to lead tours for new families 
  • Partnering with families on grant writing and advocacy opportunities
  • Scheduling guest speakers in classrooms 
  • Working in partnership with the city and community across all areas of resident demographics

5. Improve school pride.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Increasing school events such as pep fests, track and field days, etc. 
  • Friday Spartan clothing day 
  • Providing school signs, communication and literature in multiple languages in every District building to offer assistance and provide a welcoming and equitable environment

Activity Priorities

1. Provide more variety of activity programs.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Celebrating multiculturalism and diversity through all activity offerings
  • Creating more visual and performing arts opportunities 
  • Providing athletics for students of all abilities and skill levels
  • Supporting student-led clubs and activities 
  • Offering more academic programs (like reading programs or homework help) 
  • Fostering greater partnerships with in-district programs (like Community Education)
  • Developing partnerships with local organizations (like the library, Young Life and TreeHouse) 

2. Increase student participation in activity programs and better align the demographics of participating students with those of the overall student population.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Creating an equitable fee system to support all students and families 
  • Adding more activity buses 
  • Better supporting students with disabilities so they can fully participate 
  • Getting feedback from students on what barriers exist in current programs

3. Increase attendance at games and performances.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Marketing and promoting games and theater performances 
  • Increasing representation/attendance from staff 
  • Providing transportation to/from events 

Business & Operations Priorities

1. Maintain or improve staff hiring and support.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring an equity-focused onboarding process for new staff members that provides robust preparation for the real work RPS educators do
  • Providing applicants and interviewees the opportunity to share their views on diversity and inclusion through the application and/or interview process
  • Filling vacant positions quickly and posting positions earlier 
  • Working to improve teacher retention, particularly for teachers who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC)
  • Hiring building subs 
  • Providing better compensation and support for subs 
  • Simplifying the application process 
  • Providing better support for paraprofessionals through professional development and higher pay
  • Increasing professional development for office staff, outreach workers and admin assistants 

2. Continuous improvement of facilities.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring full accessibility for all people at all facilities  
  • Making parking lot improvements 
  • Increasing playground equipment at elementary schools 
  • Adding a soccer field and recreational spaces to school grounds 

3. Ensure environmentally friendly practices across the District.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Supporting a sustainable and environmentally conscious atmosphere
  • Transitioning to fully reusable or compostable lunch utensils and other products
  • Adding bike racks or bike lockers at schools 
  • Increasing student voice in environmental initiatives

4. Continue to improve student meals.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Adding more farm-to-table and locally sourced foods 
  • Adding student voice in menu planning and new recipes 
  • Making lunches free for all students or launching a fundraising campaign to eliminate student lunch debt through donations
  • Reducing food waste 
  • Improving composting
  • Eliminating social and cultural stigmas around eating school lunch

5. Maintain financial accountability and transparency.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Creating easy to use tools for managers to monitor the up-to-date details of their budgets.

6. Continue to improve transportation services.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Examining and providing increased access to transportation for all students and families as the budget allows 
  • Providing racial equity training for bus drivers
  • Increasing transparency around any possible exceptions for bus zoning
  • Increasing consistency of rule enforcement on the bus
  • Using student engagement specialists as bus support staff

Communication & Marketing Priorities

1. Improve family communication.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Streamlining and standardizing communication tools across the District 
  • Offering workshops/events for families 
  • Improving parent communication from teachers, schools and the District 
  • Increasing communication with the Somali community 
  • Ensuring all communication is consistent and welcoming (including written communication, phone calls and in-person interactions) 
  • Increasing RPS presence at community events
  • Building capacity in our families to successfully access and communicate through technology

2. Improve the reputation of Richfield Public Schools.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing positive stories in the media, in community newsletters, on social media and on the District website 
  • Elevating all students in District marketing by equitably representing BIPOC, LGBTQA+, ELL/MLL, and SPED/504 students and issues

3. Increase enrollment through improved marketing and public relations.

Other Priorities

1. Improve community partnerships.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Creating partnerships with local businesses and organizations and/or connecting with local seniors and retirees
  • Creating partnerships with local businesses to provide technology or other supports to RPS families
  • Developing a formal partnership with the city to cross-promote and support issues affecting the city of Richfield and our schools

2. Create a structured volunteer program to engage more residents and parents/guardians as volunteers in the schools.

3. Provide parent classes/programs (activities).

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Offering evening classes for parents on topics they request

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