Civil rights, equity training on March 23
Every school district and community college receiving federal financial assistance in Iowa is required to assign an equity coordinator to oversee compliance activities under federal civil rights laws, which includes gender, disability, race and national origin equity. Over the last several years, equity citations are the most frequent areas of noncompliance cited during accreditation and focused equity visits.
To address confusion about the responsibilities of the equity coordinator, the Iowa Department of Education is sponsoring a free one-day Statewide Civil Rights and Equity Coordinator Training on Monday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
Intended audiences include district-level, Area Education Agency and Community College equity coordinators, superintendents, human resource specialists, principals, and counselors. The training will include information on the six responsibilities of the equity coordinator:
- Knowledge of federal and state civil rights laws;
- Equity policies and procedures required by law;
- Dissemination of information to staff, students and community;
- Professional development on rights and responsibilities;
- Civil rights grievance process which is prompt and effective; and
- Monitoring of disaggregated data
Special emphasis will be placed on closing the achievement gap, preventing and reducing bullying and harassment behaviors, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Register for the Statewide Civil Rights and Equity Coordinator Training.