Waukee Equity Standards

The Waukee Equity Standards are a set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains: identity, diversity, justice, and action. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure to reduce prejudice and advocate collective action. In today’s world, these are essential skills for all humans. Teachers will use the standards to guide classroom discussions and learning opportunities making our schools more equitable and safe.

The Waukee Equity standards have been modified from Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice standards.

Identity

K-2nd I know and like who I am and can talk about my family and myself. I can name some of my group identities.

3rd-5th I know about my family history and culture and about current and past contributions of people in my main identity groups.

6th-9th I know about my family history and culture and how I am connected to the collective history and culture of other people in my identity groups.

10th-12th I know my family history and cultural background and can describe how my own identity is informed and shaped by my membership in multiple identity groups.

K-2nd I know that all my group identities are part of me, but that I am always ALL me. I can feel good about myself without being mean or making other people feel bad.

3rd-5th I know that all my group identities are part of who I am, but none of them fully describe me and this is true for other people too. I can feel good about my identity without making someone else feel badly about who they are.

6th-9th I know that overlapping identities combine to make me who I am and that none of my group identities on their own fully define me nor make me better than other identities.

10th-12th I know that all my group identities and the intersection of those identities create unique aspects of who I am and that this is true for other people too.

K-2nd I know that all my group identities and the intersection of those identities create unique aspects of who I am and that this is true for other people too.

3rd-5th I know that all my group identities and the intersection of those identities create unique aspects of who I am and that this is true for other people too.

6th-9th I know there are similarities and differences between my home culture and the other environments and cultures I encounter, and I can be myself in a diversity of settings.

10th-12th I recognize traits of the dominant culture, my home culture and other cultures, and I am conscious of how I express my identity as I move between those spaces.

Diversity

K-2nd I like being around people who are like me and different from me. I can be friendly to everyone.

3rd-5th I have respectful words and actions to describe how I am similar to and different from people who share my identities and those who have other identities.

6th-9th I interact with people who are similar to and different from me. I show respect to all people.

10th-12th I have the language and knowledge to interact responsively and respectfully with all people, whether they are similar to or different from me.

K-2nd I want to know about other people and get along with people who are similar to and different from me.

3rd-5th I want to know more about other people’s lives and experiences. I know how to ask questions respectfully and listen carefully and non-judgmentally.

6th-9th I am curious and want to know more about other people’s histories and lived experiences. I ask questions respectfully, listen carefully, and non-judgmentally because I know we are all connected.

10th-12th I respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way in order to build connections.

K-2nd I find it interesting that groups of people believe different things and live their daily lives in different ways.

3rd-5th I know that the way groups of people are treated today, and the way they have been treated in the past, is a part of what makes them who they are.

6th-9th I can explain how the way groups of people are treated today, and the way they have been treated in the past, shapes their group identity and culture.

10th-12th I understand that diversity includes the impact of unequal power relations on the development of group identities and cultures.

Justice

K-2nd I know when people are treated unfairly.

3rd-5th I try and get to know people as individuals because I know it is unfair to think that all people in a shared identity group are the same.

6th-9th I can recognize and describe unfairness and injustices in many forms including attitudes, speech, behaviors, practices, and laws.

10th-12th I relate to all people as individuals rather than representatives of groups and can recognize, describe, and distinguish unfairness and injustice at different levels of society.

K-2nd I know some true stories about how people have been treated badly because of their group identities and the reasons for that are not always fair.

3rd-5th I know that words, behaviors, rules, and laws make life easier for some group identities and harder for others and can cause real harm.

6th-9th I am aware that biased words, behaviors, unjust practices, laws, and institutions provide certain advantages and disadvantages in society based on group identities.

10th-12th I can explain the short and long-term impact of biased words, behaviors, unjust practices, laws, and institutions that limit the rights and freedoms of identity groups.

K-2nd I know about people who helped stop unfairness and worked to make life better for many people.

3rd-5th I know about the actions of people and groups who have worked throughout history to bring more justice and fairness to the world.

6th-9th I know about some of the people, groups, and events in social justice history and about the beliefs and ideas that influenced them.

10th-12th I can identify figures, groups, events, and a variety of strategies and philosophies relevant to the history of social justice around the world.

Action

K-2nd I can and will do something when I see unfairness – this includes telling an adult.

3rd-5th I know it’s important for me to stand up for myself and for others. I know how to get help if I need ideas on how to do this.

6th-9th I stand up for myself and for others when faced with exclusion, prejudice and injustice.

10th-12th I express empathy and take responsibility for standing up when people are excluded or mistreated because of their identities and concern when I personally experience bias.

K-2nd I will say something or tell an adult if someone is being hurtful and will do my part to be kind even if my friends do not.

3rd-5th I will speak up or do something when I see unfairness, and I will not let others convince me to go along with injustice.

6th-9th I will respectfully speak up or take action when I see unfairness, even if those around me do not. I will not let others convince me to go along with injustice.

10th-12th I have the courage to speak up to people when their words, actions, or views are biased and hurtful. I will communicate with respect even when we disagree.

K-2nd I will join with classmates to make our classroom fair for everyone.

3rd-5th I will work with my friends and family to make our school and community fair for everyone. We will work hard and cooperate in order to achieve our goals.

6th-9th I will work with my friends, family, and community members to make our world more equitable for everyone. We will plan and coordinate our actions in order to achieve our goals.

10th-12th I will join with diverse people to plan and carry out collective action against exclusion, prejudice and discrimination. We will be thoughtful and creative in our actions in order to achieve our goals.

 

21-Day Equity Challenge

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The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth and invites central Iowans to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and community. The probing of issues and potential solutions that come from our research and conversations will help thousands of central Iowans unite to learn and grow together in making a positive difference for our future.

Join thousands of central Iowan uniting to learn and grow together with the #EquityChallenge. Sign up at www.EquityChallenge.org to be part of the free 21-day online learning journey that begins on October 5, 2020.

 

Waukee Community School District is committed to providing an equitable education for all students. We believe students should feel and be welcomed, connected, and supported in our schools and community. Your voice matters in our collective movement toward equity, anti-racism, and building inclusive environments.