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Vermont education leaders are enhancing their efforts to improve equitable practices and outcomes for all Vermont students. VSBA, in partnership with the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) received a $150,000 grant award from the Vermont Community Foundation's Welcoming, Equitable and Antiracist Communities Recovery Initiative and Barr Foundation to support work by the Associations to address antiracism and promote equity and inclusion in communities statewide. Update Fall 2021: The advisory group process resulted in hiring consultant groups: Partnership for Fairness & Diversity and the Insight Education Group (IEG) across a range of activities and areas of growth and development through December of 2022.
Mini Grants Announcement: The VSBA, Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) are pleased to announce the Equitable, Anti-Racist, and Inclusive Education Communities Mini-Grant. With generous funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, this mini-grant program is to support the pursuit of more equitable and inclusive education communities by leaders and contributors committed to those changes.
How much is the grant amount? VSBA, VSA, and VPA will award five $5,000 mini-grants through this program.
Who should apply? School boards, administrators, and educators who are leading or aspiring to lead initiatives that will encourage more equitable, antiracist, and inclusive education communities.
Can students apply? Students who are interested in funding a project will need an adult from the participating school district/supervisory union to advise the student(s) and oversee the funds.
What are the grant criteria? Those interested in the grant must be affiliated with a supervisory union/school district to apply for the funds.
How are the funds distributed? Upon selection, funding will be sent to the applicant’s supervisory union/school district business office. As such, you must notify the supervisory union/school district superintendent and business office before you submit your application.
How long is the grant period? Decisions will be made by February 15, 2022. Grants award notifications will be issued through email to the applicant and the superintendent on February 22, 2022 and funds must be spent or accounted for by June 30, 2022.
How do you apply and by when? Fill out the short application form below by February 4, 2022.
What expectations and supports are there for those who receive the grants? Recipients will be required to submit a short update midway through the grant period (April 15) and again at the end of the grant period. It is our hope that the shared stories that emerge from this grant program will inspire grassroots changemakers across the state.
Recipients will have the opportunity to have a 30 minute consultation with an equity consultant to get feedback on their project, initiative, or program during the grant period.
Application Form - Due: February 4, 2022
VSBA Equity Definition
(shared with VSA and VPA)
Each student receives the resources and educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.
Equity means that a student's success is not predicted nor predetermined by characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, family economics, class, geography, ability, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or initial proficiencies.
Equity means that every school provides and every student has access to high quality culturally responsive curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services to meet the needs of each and every student.
Equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same. Achieving equity may require an unequal distribution of resources and services.
Equity involves acknowledging and disrupting inequitable practices, acknowledging biases, employing practices that reflect the reality that all students will learn, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children.
Equity Lens Tools
According to NonprofitAdvancement.org, "The purpose of an equity lens is to be deliberately inclusive as an organization makes decisions. It introduces a set of questions into the decision that help the decision makers focus on equity in both their process and outcomes." Here are some tools that may help your board facilitate an equity review.
Vermont Agency of Education Resources
National School Boards Association Resources
Reimagining School Board Leadership: Actions fo Equity Starting the Conversation
Intentional Allocation of Resources
Access to Rigorous Educational Programming: LifeReady Skills
Fostering Safe and Supportive School Climates
Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Training (free, online, self-paced training)
AOE's Professional Development Provider List [NOTE: VSBA has not reviewed or evaluated this list.]
NSBA Equity Online Symposium on Jan 22, 2022. REGISTRATION is required.