We know our learners need caring, trusting and supportive relationships in order to be most successful. We also know that the mindset of our staff needs to shift for these relationships to authentically take hold across the school. While some structures are added to get systemic changes started, our staff must engage in deep personal work understanding implicit bias, culturally responsive instruction and their roles in determining student outcomes. This development will also be instrumental in evaluating current policies and practices that are not responsive to students' needs.


Several teachers have received training on how to lead/facilitate PLC (Professional Learning Community) groupings. They will utilize these training sessions to lead PLC groups on a variety of topics now and in the future. Most recently, PLC Facilitators used a protocol which asked the PLC's to come up with challenges and solutions to rolling out a pilot of a competency based grading system for our Knight Time (Advisory) class.

The staff has begun professional development with 228Accelerator. 228 Accelerator trains staff for equity at all levels within schools and communities to take the lead in redesigning relationships in our society. They create the capacity and conditions for their work to be successful, and they catalyze permanent change among people and communities. Staff have begun to take an online self-paced course. Throughout West's participation in this coursework there will be 7 webinars with 228 equity representatives to help staff process this work. The goal for this work is to better be able to serve our diverse population of students by designing our curriculum to better serve ALL students.