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The Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council (EILC) was formed to engage the community in supporting the District and the Board of Education "equity plan," along with the goal of closing the educational achievement gap. The EILC's members include parents, city and county administrators, teachers, directors of community programs that serve young people, representatives from the business and faith communities and representatives from both urban and rural communities. Collectively, they bring an important institutional memory of equity issues within the district and years of experience in youth development, supportive connections to families in our school community, expertise in equitable and inclusive practices, and a deep commitment to the success of all young people.

In an effort to continually define and refine ourselves to be most effective, the EILC has been reworking its Mission Statement. This amended statement was adopted at our January 2011 meeting:

Equity Inclusion Leadership Council—“Inspiring Equity Through Excellence”
The Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council (EILC) is an autonomous liaison between the Ithaca City School District and community groups. Our mission is to assist the district in achieving equity through excellence. The EILC will accomplish this by monitoring, assessing, and guiding district equity efforts, and by initiating proposals that reflect the needs, perspectives, insights, and resources of the community.

At our January meeting, we had a discussion with Bob Van Keuren, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, on the Recruitment and Retention Working Group. The goal of this group is to develop a strategic approach to the Board of Education goal to recruit and hire a racially diverse staff, with a staff/student ratio of .33 by 2012, and to ensure that staff are culturally competent. Members of the EILC participated in the working group, along with other interested community stakeholders. Highlights of their plan include growing our own' teachers from the ranks of teacher assistants and aides, streamlining the application process, and training screeners and interviewers. Based on the working group's assessment of what it would take to attain their goals, it was recommended that an HR assistant administrator be added to the HR department's roster to continue this critical work. The EILC applauds the Board of Ed's decision to give the HR department the appropriate leadership staffing to continue this vital work.

Also at our December 2010 meeting, we bid good-bye to Dr. Judy Pastel, after 15 years of service as Superintendent. We then started the year by welcoming Dr. Luvelle Brown at our January meeting. Dr. Brown outlined a vision for the District that emphasized preparing our children for entry into and success in the Global labor force, and excellence in 21st century literacies. We look forward to working with him towards achieving out goals of equity and excellence.

The Equity Inclusion Leadership Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 December 2012 )
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