Four school board members sitting at a table

School board members attend Dane County Equity Workshop

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, seven members of the DASD Board of Education (out of nine) joined over 100 other school board members from across Dane County for a collaborative learning experience. The workshop was held at the Monona Grove District Office in Monona. The learning outcomes were similar to those for DASD staff who  participated in a Critical Consciousness Institute in August (see more below).

The workshop for school board members was designed to “ maximize productive  dialogue, collaborative learning, and promote networking in service of our area’s school communities.” (excerpt from invite sent to school boards). According to DASD superintendent, Eric Runez, “our district was very well represented with one of the highest participation of board members.  They should be commended for their commitment to the success of all students.” Runez is gathering feedback from board members in order to plan future opportunities for learning.

DASD committed to equity and inclusion

DASD is committed to improving equitable education opportunities. As part of these efforts, over 100 teachers participated in Critical Consciousness Institutes (CCI) over the summer.

CCI provides experiential learning where educators have the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary racism, implicit biases, microaggressions and
stereotype threat in public education.

Through self-reflection, small/large group dialogue, and community building, educators worked toward the following outcomes:

  • a deepened awareness of why opportunity gaps exist
  • learning about inequities through personal narratives from facilitators
  • learning about researched-based strategies that can reduce implicit bias, stereotype threat and microaggressions
  • learning about researched based strategies that can raise academic achievement for students of color

(excerpts from

According to Director of Student Services, Dr. Sara Totten, “To continue our efforts toward equity, staff will be provided a number of continued learning opportunities throughout the year. These efforts include building level equity circles,  student voice groups, book studies, and other professional development sessions. Community opportunities will also be provided.”

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