Dear District 54 Community,
In light of recent events in our region and across the nation, I want to share the commitment of our District 54 staff to continue to listen to our students and families and provide support and care for the students in our diverse school community.
As we have focused during these past three years on our practices to ensure the success of the whole child, improving our cultural competency as a staff and student body has been a part of this effort. Our social-emotional learning curriculum creates space for students to discuss bias and privilege. District 54 staff have developed and provided training across every school in cross cultural communication and recognizing and reducing bias.
As we return to school in the fall, whether virtually or in person, the conversation with staff regarding how we can support our students will become even more essential. Educator and author Matthew Kay describes that the foundation of creating a safe space for students of color includes, listening patiently, listening actively and monitoring our own voice.
In the meantime, I also wanted to share a resource from the Child-Mind Institute concerning talking to your child about racism and violence. I hope this helps you as we work together to support our diverse community.
Superintendent Andrew D. DuRoss