LCPS Equity Overview
LCPS Pathway to Equity:
A Community Conversation
February 20, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Loudoun County Public Schools will host a community conversation on Thursday, Feb. 20, to receive community feedback on two draft documents - the Draft LCPS Comprehensive Equity Plan and the Draft LCPS Guidelines for responding to Racial Incidents.
Those documents are posted below for community review.
Core Beliefs, Mission and Vision
Loudoun County Public Schools is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, caring, and challenging learning environment, which serves as the foundation for student growth. In response to a systemic equity assessment that LCPS commissioned in 2019, Superintendent Eric Williams issued the following statement on August 19, 2019, to clearly outline the LCPS stance on creating an inclusive, safe, caring, and challenging learning environment viewed through an equity lens.
LCPS is committed to providing a safe, empathetic, respectful and supportive learning environment in order to empower every student to make meaningful contributions to the world. When students and staff experience racial insults, slurs, and/or other hate speech, we lack the positive culture and climate that supports students’ growth.
LCPS calls for all students, staff, families, and other members of our community to engage in the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy, systemic racism, and hateful language and actions based on race, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability. LCPS rejects racist and other hateful behavior and language, recognizing that it encourages discrimination, hatred, oppression, and violence.
Every individual is valued in Loudoun County Public Schools. Let’s celebrate the diversity that helps define us as a school division.
Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Equity AssessmentRead the Equity Assessment conducted by The Equity Collaborative in the spring of 2019:Systemic Equity Assessment: A Picture of Racial Equity Challenges and Opportunities in Loudoun County Public School District (Final Report)
Director of EquityThe creation of this position was a deliberate step in prioritizing the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout LCPS. The director of equity leads cross-departmental efforts with division leaders to ensure equitable access, rigorous learning opportunities and measurable outcomes are in place for division-wide accountability. Additionally, the Director of Equity serves as liaison to the Ad Hoc Committee on Equity and The Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC) for LCPS.Meet LCPS’ Director of Equity Lottie Spurlock.
Division-wide Equity Infusion
Our LCPS journey toward excellence in equity is one of shared accountability in the creation of strong equitable practices infused into the work of every department. Please explore the links below to learn more about how we own the work of equity across through various departments and programs.
Department of Instruction
Office of Teaching and Learning
● Contact: Neil Slevin, Director of Teaching & Learning
● Contact: Tara Hewan, Equity and Cultural Competence Specialist
● Website: Office of Teaching & Learning
● The Division of Teaching and Learning is organized into several offices that are designed to provide leadership and support to schools and classrooms in achieving the mission of Loudoun County Public Schools. The Division of Teaching and Learning is responsible for the administration and coordination of several content areas to ensure that all instructional programs support the mission of LCPS and provide equitable and culturally responsive instruction to all students.
Office of School Administration
● Contact: Virginia Patterson, Ph.D., Director of School Administration
● Website: Office of School Administration
● The Office of School Administration builds capacity with principals, assistant principals and deans by facilitating effective communication, reducing complaints, and supporting a positive learning environment for students, staff, parents and community. The Office of School Administration plays an important role in the disciplinary practices of Loudoun County Public Schools, and provides resources such as the Students Rights & Responsibilities and the Student Discipline Guidelines.
Department of Pupil Services
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
○ Contact: Stefanie LaPolla, Supervisor of Multi-Tiered System of Supports
○ Webpage: LCPS MTSS
○ Description: MTSS is an integrated system of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional instructional practices to support needs of all students and increase equitable learning experiences. This “whole child” prevention approach addresses the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs through the related approaches of Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and school mental health.
Specialized instruction (math and reading):
○ Contact: Beth Robinson, Assistant Director, Special Education
○ Description: Equitable access to effective instruction within the general education setting for students with disabilities in a priority in LCPS programs for specialized reading, specialized math and social-emotional learning. The Department of Pupil Services works collaboratively with the Department of Instruction to provide ongoing training to special education and general education teachers so that they may be better equipped to provide targeted reading and math instruction.
○ Contact: Grant Schafer, Supervisor of Outreach Services
○ Webpage: LCPS Outreach Services
○ Description: The Office of Outreach Services provides Parent Liaisons at each school who work collaboratively to ensure parents are welcomed, informed, assisted, and connected to school resources. The Office of Outreach Services also provides language assistance services to LCPS families for communication at school, parent-teacher conferences, Child Study meetings, and IEP meetings. Interpreters also support information sessions about LCPS programs, initiatives, and committee meetings. Language Assistance can be accessed by contacting your school team or Outreach Services directly.
○ Contact: Jennifer Wall, Supervisor for Student Assistance Services
○ Webpage: LCPS Student Assistant Services
○ Description: LCPS Restorative Practices offers a continuum of services to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all students. Restorative language helps children and teens understand how their behavior affects and impacts others while discouraging harmful behavior. Circles create a culture of belonging and help build community and connection. Restorative conferencing provides an opportunity and process for students and families to resolve conflict and repair harm that has occurred. The goals of restorative conference is having students take responsibility for their behaviors by addressing those they have harmed, allowing every student who is harmed to have a voice, and giving students the opportunity to learn from the process without having their education interrupted.
Positive Experiences in Educational Relationships (PEER)
○ Contact: Jennifer Wall, Supervisor for Student Assistance Services
○ Webpage: LCPS PEER
○ Description: As positive role models, peer helpers develop and implement education and awareness programs which address issues facing today’s secondary students. Through prevention and intervention approaches, the PEER program functions as a supplemental resource for increasing overall effectiveness of student services within the secondary school setting. PEER helpers have ongoing supervision and are trained to immediately report any “high-risk” or life-threatening information to their adult supervisors. The PEER program supports every child’s voice so they can access their education in a safe and welcoming culture of inclusion.
Department of Digital Innovation
Individual Learning Devices – The Department of Digital Innovation enables Loudoun County students, grades three through twelve, to connect and collaborate with the world by providing individual learning devices. Individual learning devices allow all students to access digital tools, resources, and information from anywhere at any time; increasing learning opportunities and enabling students to improve the quality and amplify the impact of their work.
● ParentVUE – The DDI Enterprise Support & Analytics team continues to promote the use of ParentVUE through various school and district events. Those events include identifying LCPS and public wifi access points, creating email accounts for families, offering translators and interpreters at these events, and demonstrating the numerous features for families through this tool. There are now 12 schools with fewer than 75% of their families using ParentVUE.
● Qlik – The DDI Data Science team continues to develop a data analytics practice for LCPS has resulted in the creation of visualizations including opportunities to close the equity gaps, data literacy curriculum and timely and accurate data.
● Blackboard – LCPS upgraded the website to ensure easy access to information in an accessible manner, supported by every browser type, with responsive and accessible design. Translations in every language are available, as are quick links to important contacts, and embedded multimedia with closed captioning. The mass notifications features include text messaging and immediate updates to social media tools for families who prefer those methods of communication.
● Dark Fiber to all LCPS schools – Currently, different LCPS schools have different data network configurations based on location, level, and size. The new network will ensure that all LCPS students have equal access to learning content including streaming and cloud services.
● 1 Million Project – The 1 Million Project delivers free mobile hotspots to qualifying high school students to help close the digital equity and homework gap. LCPS is piloting this solution at 1 high school in the 2019-2020 school year with the goal of establishing appropriate process and procedures to expand the offering to all LCPS high schools in the 2020-2021 school year. 50 mobile hot spots have already been received and will be distributed to students shortly.
● Kajeet Project – LCPS is piloting the use of Kajeet mobile hot spots to provide elementary and middle school students with home internet access. The district has already identified students would could benefit from the program and devices will be distributed in the fall time frame.
Department of Human Resources and Talent Development
Department of Human Resources and Talent Development
● Contacts: Laura Collins, Supervisor of Recruiting; Jonathan Mandina, Diversity Recruiter
● Webpage: LCPS Careers● Description: HRTD is committed to developing and refining recruiting, hiring and retention strategies to sustain a diverse, high-performing team of professionals focused on the mission and goals of LCPS. Strategies include recruiting earlier than past years at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) who graduate a large number of teacher candidates, hosting a Diversity Experience weekend, expansion of the Diversity Recruitment Champions Network (DRCN) and the continuation of mitigating unconscious bias training for hiring managers for the fourth consecutive year.
The Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC) is dedicated to partnering with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), parents, and the community to acknowledge and promote the needs of minority students. MSAAC is also dedicated to building a school system that is culturally and socially competent and positioned to provide fair and equitable learning experiences for all students. Learn more at the Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee page.
The primary role of the LCPS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is to advise the School Board on unmet needs of special education students. SEAC is composed of 21 members who are parents and at least one educator who volunteer their time to our community. They are appointed for two-year terms by the School Board through an application and recommendation process. The executive committee of SEAC is elected by its 21-person membership to lead the work of SEAC throughout the year. SEAC also requests that a PTA/PTO Representative for each LCPS school be appointed each year to attend meetings, participate in discussions, and report back to the school on matters that affect special education.
LCPS celebrates the diversity of its students and staff by observing various occasions:September: National Schools Success Month
September 15 - October 15, 2019: National Hispanic Heritage Month
October 2019: Disability History and Awareness MonthFebruary 2020: Black History MonthMarch 2020: Women's History MonthApril 2020: Autism Awareness MonthMay 2020: National Mental Health Month