At Norman Public Schools, we are dedicated to preparing students for real-world experiences. Those experiences must include exposing students to a climate and culture where we value the unique backgrounds and perspectives of each and every one of our students.
Equitable learning environments are designed so that every student experiences:
- An engaging, empowering, intellectually rigorous learning environment
- Physical, emotional, and psychological safety
- Meaningful and relevant work and classroom discourse
- Their cultural, spiritual, and/or ethnic values and practices acknowledged, honored, and respected
- Feeling seen, respected, and cared for by adults and peers
- Opportunities to set and meet goals, and to learn and recover from mistakes
Equitable learning environments result in the following student outcomes:
- Intellectual curiosity and strong academic skills
- A sense of belonging and optimism for the future
- Self-love, self-acceptance, and pride in one’s multiple identities
- Understanding of one’s own and others’ cultural histories and contributions
- Empathy and meaningful connections with others
NPS Equity Framework
Our commitment in Norman Public Schools is to make diversity, equity and inclusion a cultural strength. We are striving to create a community where we are pursuing excellence through equity and all members feel valued, respected, and have a sense of belonging. To support us in our work we have adopted the building equitable learning environments (BELE) framework. Our equity work in the district will focus on the four domains of the student-centered framework.
Teaching and Learning
This domain focuses on creating meaningful relationships and learning experiences as the central work of an equitable school.
Schoolwide Systems and Structures
Equitable, high-quality schools are organized to ensure that people, resources, and opportunities are prioritized and aligned to support the core work of teaching and learning.
Family, Caregiver and Community Partnerships
Schools belong to families and communities in service of nurturing their children’s learning and development. Research proves that trusting relationships, a shared vision, and authentic collaboration are at the heart of equitable schools.
District Policies and Practices
Districts must set the conditions and expectations and provide the resources to ensure school communities can fulfill the core commitments in the first three domains.
Site Equity Champions
The equity champion serves as a professional staff member within the building tasked with the additional role to work collaboratively with their site-leadership to create and sustain a learning environment that supports equity and diversity through the development of staff, enhancement of academic and personal supports for ALL students, and the promotion of cultural enrichment and commitment to inclusion.