December 2016 - School Board President Jenni Klose, Coordinator Elizabeth Evans, Superintendent Diann Kitamura, and School Board Director Evelyn Anderson accept a Golden Bell Award at the California School Boards Association awards ceremony.
Golden Bell Award
Equity and Social Justice Initiative Recognized
In 2016, Santa Rosa City Schools received the Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association in the category of School Climate and Safety, for the district’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative. The primary goal of the initiative is to accelerate the progress of our English Learners and Hispanic students and to close achievement gaps. Approximately 450 teachers and staff have received unconscious bias training, provided by the CTA Office of Civil Rights. About 650 of our teachers and staff also have attended trainings at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, as part of a grant from the museum. The district has included District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) parents and community leaders in the equity training opportunities as they are important partners in this effort. This award recognizes the work that we have been doing as a district to understand who we are as a community, and to better serve all students and families.