MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
It Starts With What We Value: Effective Strategies for Developing and Maintaining a Healthy, Diverse Workforce
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Round 2 only
Eric Jones, Head of School, Community Partnership School
Beth Vaccaro, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Community Partnership School
A diverse workforce provides tangible benefits for our schools that extend beyond mere altruistic notions and legal compliance. Maximizing the benefits associated with such diversity requires an approach to hiring that prioritizes talent acquisition of members from underrepresented groups. To move beyond multicultural hiring efforts that produce hit-or-miss results, schools must confidently commit to equity and inclusion as institution-wide imperatives that are tied to tangible goals across all areas of the school community. Such holistic and intentional DEI efforts position schools to more effectively recruit, hire, retain and benefit from the increase in talent, experiences, and innovation that result from greater diversity in our midst. Successfully creating a diverse workforce requires a comprehensive effort on the part of our schools. Good intentioned DEI work informed by thoughtful sensibilities has value but often results in piecemeal efforts that lack accountability and sustainability. Over time, successfully hiring for diversity requires an all in effort where we fully commit to the endeavor with clear goals, implementation strategies, and clarity as to how generating a diverse workforce fits relative to our school's mission, values and educational philosophy.
As a school with a social justice core located in what has been one of Philadelphia's poorest zip codes, one might think that CPS' practices have always matched its core values. But good intentions do not equal intentional execution. This session will highlight Community Partnership School's journey to crafting an approach to hiring that's an intentional outgrowth of its DEI informed values and goals. Participants will leave with tangible ideas and strategies for systemically establishing hiring goals built on institutionally grounded DEI norms
has served as Head of School at Community Partnership School, a coeducational, non-sectarian independent elementary school in North Philadelphia serving low income and low wealth families. Among other volunteer roles, Eric also serves on the ADVIS Board of Trustees, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools' (PAIS) Commission for Accreditation, and the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) Advisory Board.
has been teaching in public, charter, and independent schools for over twenty years. She joined Community Partnership School as the founding fifth grade teacher and has served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the past five years.
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