Last week, Dude gave a presentation similar to what he initially offered the school board last October. He demonstrated achievement gaps in math and English at several different grade levels, along with huge gaps in discipline. For instance, black students are eight times as likely to get disciplined.
He envisions the equity director going much deeper, examining, among others, disproportionality in attendance, extracurricular participation and grade retention. He also sees the director responsible for analyzing data, holding community engagement sessions and organizing “professional learning” for staff regarding cultural differences among students.
The position will likely be full time. Though other systems have positions with identical titles, Dude admitted there really isn’t a model for his conception of the job.