Eanes ISD

Consultant

Board Approves DEI Consultant

The Eanes ISD Board voted to hire Dr. Mark Gooden as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultant for the 2020-21 school year. In a presentation entitled, “Building a Community of Trust Through Developing Racial Awareness,” the Eanes ISD administrative team explained how Dr. Gooden will lead the process to enhance community, staff and student racial awareness and to cultivate an environment of understanding unique similarities and differences. Under Dr. Gooden’s guidance, the district will address social justice and racism in Eanes ISD as well as shape staff professional development plans throughout the school year. The district will also explore ideas around the selection of a community advisory group to help guide the district’s efforts.

Dr. Gooden will support Eanes ISD through needs assessments, staff development, working directly with focus/advisory group(s) and serving as a consultant to community/leadership/ staff/student meetings. To ensure continuity, consistency and longevity of purpose, each school will create an Equity Team whose charge will be to guide the work in this area on that campus.

“This is a great opportunity for Eanes ISD to listen, learn and be a leader in social justice and racial awareness,” said Dr. Tom Leonard, Superintendent of Schools. “Our community of students (current and former), staff and parents have expressed concern in this domain. We want to do better. We must do better. We are ready and willing to look inside ourselves and learn. Our students are amazing and want to change the world; we need to be ready to guide them.”

Dr. Gooden has worked with Austin ISD as well as numerous school districts throughout the U.S. and abroad to provide needs assessments, professional development and consulting around racial awareness and equity. In addition to writing several articles for various publications and speaking at conferences both nationally and internationally, Dr. Gooden is co-author on an upcoming book entitled “Five Practices for Equity-Focused Leadership.”

Dr. Gooden is currently the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership and Director of the Endeavor Antiracist and Restorative Leadership Initiative in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he recently served as Program Director of Education Leadership and Director of the Summer Principals Academy-New York City. Additionally, he was the Director of the Principalship Program in Educational Administration and the Margie Gurley Seay Centennial Professor at the University of Texas before accepting the position at Columbia in 2017.

With the Board’s approval, Dr. Gooden will begin working immediately with the district’s Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment team to refine staff professional development before the opening of the school year.

Specifically, Dr. Gooden will provide the following during the 2020-21 school year:

 

                        Service                                                                                   Date

 

      Staff Needs Assessment Development                                         Fall, 2020

(Measurement of the baseline knowledge level of racial

and cultural awareness of the Eanes ISD staff)

 

      Staff Impact Assessment (After)                                                    Spring 2021

 

      Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) for Students        Fall, 2020

(Student data collection and analysis to determine knowledge level of racial

and cultural awareness of students)

 

      Collection of Qualitative Data (Focus Group Confabs)                  2020-21

      Students (affinity, mixed, alumni, etc)

      Advisory Group(s)

      Community groups

      Staff/Equity Teams

This data will ensure:

    Measurement of the baseline knowledge level of racial

and cultural awareness of various groups

    Engagement of partners and method of keeping the community informed

 

*All data will be collected, compiled, analyzed and shared with the superintendent

 

At Dr. Gooden’s suggestion, large sets of quantitative (and some qualitative) student data (a sampling or comprehensive) will be collected in both Year 1 and Year 2.  These data will come from both surveys and interviews with students.

 

*The purpose of data collection is 1) to facilitate articulation of the district’s vision of “Building a Community of Trust Through Developing Racial Awareness”;

2) to take actionable steps toward that vision; and 3) build the capacity within the district to collect and analyze data of this nature in the future.

 

      EISD Leadership Training (2.5 hours)                                            July 30, 2020

Through reflection, introspection, and sharing, Dr. Gooden

will help leaders have a better understanding of

equity issues and biases and will provide training on ways

to integrate our thinking in this area into our practice.

 

      EISD Staff Training                                                               August 10-13

                                                                                                (2 days or partial days)

 

Dr. Gooden will provide the following:

    Keynote with Follow-up Opportunity for Questions or Meeting with Leadership

(2.5 Hours with 1 Hour for Keynote and 1.5 hours for follow-up)

The purpose of this time is to set the stage for the work to be done and to challenge thinking, create introspection and conversations, increase racial awareness, and provide some concrete “takeaways” for staff to use to ensure inclusivity and equity.

    90 minute training with smaller groups of certified staff (K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th, 7th-8th, 9th-10th and 11th-12th)

The purpose of this time is to challenge thinking, create introspection and conversations, increase racial awareness, and provide some concrete “takeaways” for staff to use to ensure inclusivity and equity.  Sessions will be appropriate and specific to the age level of the students taught with the idea of teaching and instilling equity in our students

    60-90 minute training with non-certified staff

The purpose of this time is to challenge thinking, create introspection and conversations, increase racial awareness, and provide some concrete “takeaways” for staff to use to ensure inclusivity and equity. 

 

 

 

      EISD Consulting                                                                               2020-21

      Leadership

      Focus/Advisory Group(s)

      Equity Teams