Equity and Inclusion

  • We inspire and empower all learners, preparing them for limitless opportunities.

    The Berkeley County Board of Education (BCBE) believes that the success of all students is dependent upon quality and equity in education. The intent of Department of Equity and Inclusion is to ensure guidelines and goals for equity and inclusion in areas of curricula, instruction, professional learning, and instructional resources are culturally appropriate, inclusive, and respect individual differences, while acknowledging and celebrating the cultural diversity of students within the classroom, school, community, state, nation, and world.

    Processes at the school and district level provide educational experiences that ensure the achievement of all students, and readiness for college and career. The district ensures that all students receive the supports they need to meet that goal. Diversity is a multidimensional, broadly inclusive concept that acknowledges and embraces the richness of human differences including but not limited to the following: gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability, race, age, family structure, religion, language, body/shape and size, culture, occupation, and education.

    Equity is the process of implementing practices based on student needs rather than group identity, resulting in positive outcomes for all students. Inclusion is an environment where individuals' perspectives, ideas, and thoughts are respected and valued.

    The Department of Equity and Inclusion works closely with but not limited to: Teaching and Learning, Behavioral Health, Project Aware, Communities In Schools, The Martinsburg Initiative, Handle With Care, Sources of Strength, PASS, Talk to Me, school counseling, Federal Programs, Pupil Services, Virtual School, Office of Attendance, etc

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Programs and Initiatives

  • Athletic Combine

    Athletic Combine

    BCS will conduct the first annual All Sport Athletic Combine in collaboration with Pupil Services and Academic Counseling. The combine will provide support to our student athletes and help them pursue athletics beyond high school. BCS will continue to partner with Core Course GPA and FASST.

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  • Reading Initiative

    Reading Initiative

    The Equity and Inclusion Student Advisory Team expose younger students to other cultures. In collaboration with Federal Programs to purchase books for the different cultural months, E&I SAT members read to the pre-K and k-5 classes. Books can be purchased for schools by the Department of Equity and Inclusion upon funding requests.

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  • Rigorous Courses

    Rigorous Courses

    Ensure that a student may not be denied access to equally rigorous academic instruction on the basis of cultural background. increase the number of students taking rigorous courses (Foreign Language, AP, Honors, CTE, and Dual Credit). All eligible students will be encouraged to take rigorous course(s). This initiative is in place to increase the knowledge about rigorous courses and encourage students to enroll.

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    E&I Liaisons created a student spotlight to highlight students within their schools for being great human beings, who may not win academic or athletic awards. E&I Liaisons will nominate students in their school. 36 students will be spotlighted throughout the year. There will be 9 high school students, 9 middle school students, 9 intermediate students, and 9 elementary students. There is money in the E&I budget to purchase something special for each student.

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Advisory Groups

  • Berkeley County Diversity Council

  • Equity and Inclusion Teacher Liasons

  • Multicultural and Global Competency Student Advisory Team

Contact

  • E&I Spotlight Nomination Form
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