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    Erie's Public Schools' Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with the support of the Goal 4 team -- Equity, Fairness and Justice, aims to strengthen and improve our district by focusing on diversifying the district's instructional and non-instructional staff. This will help ensure equitable treatment and opportunities for all students by providing resources and support that both students and staff need to succeed, and ensuring that all students, staff and parents feel safe, welcomed and accepted. 
    Erie's Public Schools is a PBIS district. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed. Click here to learn more about PBIS.
    Vision Statement:
    Fostering institutional equity
    Mission Statement:
    Emphasis on culturally responsive instruction and learning toward students:
    • Ensure fair and equitable discipline
    • Ensure fair and equitable distribution of resources
    • Recruiting, developing and retaining culturally competent candidates
    • Maintaining a safe and inclusive educational environment


    Department Responsibilities:

    • Achievement Gap - promote and engage school community with courageous conversations about race, bias and cultural relevance
    • Community Center liaison
    • Diversity Employee Recruitment
    • District Coordinator for Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
    • Equity Officer
    • Goal 4 Leader
    • Student Assistance Program (SAP)
    • Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer
    • Family engagement


    Areas of Focus:

    In conjunction with the Goal 4-Equity, Fairness and Justice, the G4 Diversity and G4 Equity teams will:

    • Examine data and best practices, both internally and with peer school districts
    • Review district policies with an equity lens
    • Assess and recommend consistent policies regarding diversity, equity and inclusion 
    • Assess and highlight best practices for embedding equity into curriculum and practice
    • Highlight and award community members, students or staff who are doing exceptional work in these efforts
    • Provide engaging partnerships with the community
    • Assess strategy for staff recruiting, hiring and on-boarding/retention through an equity lens
    Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Erie's Public Schools
    Ken Nickson, Jr.
    (814) 874-6033