Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness in AISD
Cultural Proficiency is when an adult understands that their personal culture and background impacts the students they work with. Inclusiveness is a way of being that shows respect, understanding and acceptance; in which diversity is valued as an asset within the AISD community. This page is designed as a Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness clearinghouse for the AISD staff community.
Established in Austin ISD in 2010–11, Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness works to embed depth of thought and action among adult educators. The goal of Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness is to embed CP&I into the work of the school district, and to provide professional learning sessions on how to interact with students and their families in a manner that considers the diverse needs of all. Please review the CP&I Development Timeline in Austin ISD (PDF).
Embed CP&I into the work of the school district.
Provide ongoing, meaningful professional learning opportunities for AISD staff to engage in critical self-reflection on their interaction with students and their families in a manner that considers the diverse needs of all.
Austin ISD Council on Race and Equity
The Austin ISD Council on Race and Equity was formed as a principal's council in the 2013-14 school year, after principals attended an "Undoing Racism" workshop at Kealing Middle School in June 2013. The Race and Equity Council now includes various stakeholders, continues to meet quarterly, and are dedicated to building their capacity using the the equity lens as a mirror into their work. The goal of the Council is to grow the number of Austin ISD staff who approach work with students and their families using the equity lens as a mirror.
Austin ISD - Student Equity Council
The Austin ISD Student Equity Council launched its first meeting December 11, 2020. Students and their sponsors are engaged with David Clifford and Aleiyah Evison of Design School X to learn the concepts of liberatory design, and to envision a liberated future at their schools. Each high school identified 4 students. The 4 students and sponsors will meet monthly to co-create Council activities and bring liberatory design learning to their peers. The Student Equity Council is supported by the Race Equity Council and funded by a grant from St. David’s Foundation. Organizationally this work is in the Social Emotional Learning Department and is led by Dr. Angela Ward and the Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness Team.