A number of efforts are under way to assure that Corvallis schools are safe, welcoming and inclusive of all students and their families. The district has developed a Diversity Action Plan which is the culmination of nearly a year and a half of work done by a Diversity and Inclusion Committee beginning in 2008. This committee was charged with identifying diversity-related challenges within our schools. The Diversity Action Plan offers a wide range of recommendations related to staff recruitment goals, professional development, curriculum reviews, school access, parent communications and much more.
A Diversity Action Planning Advisory Council guides implementation of the action plan and helps identify priority areas which district staff should address. A new bullying and harassment curriculum is being piloted as part of the instruction at every grade level in 2011-2012. This step supports strategies already being used by our schools to address bullying concerns, including such programs as the two high schools’ Impact Days.
More than 100 sophomores and juniors from Corvallis and Crescent Valley high schools filled the gym at the Corvallis Boys & Girls Club to take part in the first Impact Day on June 1, 2011.The event which is designed to breakdown stereotypes and get students to talk openly about bullying was organized by the two schools’ counselors after experiencing firsthand a similar event among Albany teens. Several other successful Impact Days have been held since.
New multi-lingual signage in all schools is another result of the district's Diversity Action Plan. The signs identify the school office, gymnasium, cafeteria and library in all schools. Each one includes English, Spanish, Korean, Arabic and Chinese, the top five languages most frequently spoken by Corvallis students and their families. The district also has made a commitment to better and more consistent translations of district/school information for families whose primary language is Spanish.
For a comprehensive review of the initial Diversity and Inclusion study launched in the fall of 2008, click here.