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Our Commitment to Equity

In 2018, the Roaring Fork Schools held a series of community meetings to learn whether we were living up to our mission and commitments to our community and what we could do to improve. We heard from our community that there was a need to clarify our vision for equity in our schools and community, to ensure equitable opportunity and outcomes for Latinx students, and to deepen partnership and participation by Latino and Anglo families. Equity was affirmed as one of our five “strategic drivers” as essential to being able to fulfill our mission. We articulated a set of strategic goals centered on equity and established a steering committee to guide the work.

Equity Steering Committee

The Equity Steering Committee was formed to help identify our vision for equity in our schools and community. This committee is committed to:

  • Working closely with communities of color to better understand needed action steps.
  • Working to understand, confront and deconstruct privilege.
  • Institutionalizing equity across our organization at all levels.
  • Developing a concrete vision for equity that can be measured, coached, supported, and institutionalized.
  • Utilizing data to drive decision-making and priorities.
Equity Advisory Council

The Equity Advisory Council is a reflective and forward thinking group that provides guidance, recommendations, and feedback to the Equity Steering Committee on its goals, projects, and progress throughout the Roaring Fork Schools. The EAC is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, including students, parents, staff, and community members who bring multiple perspectives, curiosity, and a desire for equitable experiences and outcomes for all members of our school community. Those interested in learning more or joining the EAC should contact Audrey Hazleton at ahazleton@rfschools.com.

Language Access Project

In 2020-21, improving and formalizing district practices for communicating with Spanish-speaking families was named a strategic initiative. We are meeting with families, staff, leadership, community partners to understand the opportunities for improvement. The goal is to identify recommendations and priorities to improve and formalize district practices for communicating with Spanish-speaking families. To learn more or share your feedback, please contact Brianda Cervantes at bcervantes@rfschools.com or leave a voicemail at 970.384.6020.

The Bridges Collaborative

The Roaring Fork Schools are part of The Bridges Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind grassroots initiative to advance racial and socioeconomic integration and equity in America’s schools. Research has repeatedly demonstrated the myriad positive benefits for students who attend diverse and integrated schools, including higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and a host of positive social and civic outcomes. Over the next two years, the collaborative will serve as a hub for practitioners from across the country, providing school and housing leaders the opportunity to learn from one another, build grassroots momentum, and develop successful approaches for integration.