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Superintendent's Equity Council

Peñasco ISD is committed to educational fairness and opportunity for all racial and ethnic groups and academic excellence and personal success for each and every student in our school district. Central to this commitment is educational equity. Educational equity means raising the achievement of all students while (1) addressing the achievement gaps between the lowest and highest performing students; and (2) eliminating the racial and socio-economic predictability or disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.

The purpose of the Superintendent’s Equity Council is to provide leadership in creating an equity plan based on a Martinez and Yazzie readiness assessment at the district level, specific to the needs of economically disadvantaged students, Native American students, English learners, and students with disabilities. The mission of the Equity Council is to ensure Peñasco ISD engages students in the highest quality of learning, prepares students for responsible productive citizenship, and inspires students to be college and career ready regardless of ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

Key Goals to be Accomplished by the Superintendent’s Equity Councils

The Superintendent’s Equity Council is responsible for creating strategies to implement and track the progress of and to fulfill the following key goals:

  • The completion of the Martinez/Yazzie Readiness Assessment;
  • The creation of a district Equity Plan to support school transformation to align with the Department’s goals in implementing the court’s decision;
  • The creation and implementation of a culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) framework for schools;
  • A report describing the school district’s system for, and tracking of, funding and uses of funding, to improve outcomes for at-risk students, Native American students, students with disabilities, students who are English learners, and economically disadvantaged students;
  • Reaching out to NMPED, as needed, for additional guidance on measures necessary to align with the Department’s Martinez/Yazzie initiatives, including the school district’s or charter school’s ongoing implementation of and compliance with the New Mexico Indian Education, Hispanic Education, and Bilingual Multicultural Education Acts, federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and federal Office for Civil Rights requirements for serving English learners.

Members of the PISD Equity Council

  • Michael Noll, Community Schools Coordinator
  • Julia Geffroy, Picuris Tewa Class Coordinator
  • Carmen Gonzalez, Peñasco Elementary Educational Assistant
  • Racheal Pyne, Taos Behavioral Health CES Coordinator
  • Cecilia Velarde, Parent