How Do We Address Institutional Blindspots?
Having goals is a first step, but the question becomes how to go about achieving those goals in a sustainable way. Also, everyone has blind spots and school communities are no different. How do we understand and address those “unknown unknowns”? At DCD, we operate from a place of trust and partnership above all else. We trust that members of our community will reach out if a need or equity gap arises. Our programming shifts according to the needs of our community.
Inclusion and Belonging Assessment
Beginning in July of 2021, DCD engaged in an Inclusion and Belonging Assessment with Pollyanna, a consulting group based in New York City. This five month process began with meetings with DCD leadership. A number of focus groups were conducted by Pollyanna for students, families, faculty and staff, and Board members. Based on those focus groups, community surveys were created for students and for adults in the DCD community. After synthesizing feedback from focus groups and the surveys, DCD was presented with a report containing recommendations.