603 – Multi-cultural, Gender Fair Program

The District’s educational program shall promote the understanding of and respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity of our society. The educational program shall include consideration of the historical and contemporary contributions made by different racial and ethnic groups, by different religious groups, and by persons with disabilities.

The District’s educational program shall promote the understanding of and respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions made by both men and women to society. The educational program shall reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women.

Prior to adoption of instructional materials, the materials shall be reviewed for sterotyping on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, martial status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment) or socio-economic background (for program). The District shall attempt to avoid purchasing or utilizing materials with such stereotyping. Where such stereotyping exists in instructional materials, it shall be brought to the attention of the students, and supplementary materials shall be used to offset the stereotyping.

Staff development activities shall include methods of instruction on a multi-cultural, gender fair basis.

The Director of Curriculum and Assessment shall be designated as the District’s compliance officer to monitor and evaluate compliance with this policy.

The multi-cultural, gender fair educational activities and objectives shall be part of the District’s comprehensive school improvement plan. In updating the plan, input shall be received from parents, students, staff and community members, with input by men, women, minority groups and persons with disabilities.

Date of Revision: April 21, 2014

Legal References: 256.11, 280.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), 12.2, 12.3(6), 12.4, 12.5(4), 12.5(8), 12.5(9), 12.7

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