The district also hosts other forms of engagement such as listening and/or engagement sessions either in person (ensuring safety protocols) and/or virtually. When hosting in person discussions, the district will limit the size of these groups to ensure safety and ability for the facilitator to manage discussions. As for virtual webinars, the district has hosted upwards of 1,000 people along with ASL and multilingual channels staffed with district interpreters.
Types of Focus Groups, Listening and Engagement Sessions
All groups and sessions ensure voices of its diverse audiences like students, families, staff, and community from multilingual and multi-race backgrounds. They are conducted live with a Q & A section and with trained staff or an independent facilitator. Discussions have centered on communications, Special Education, Equity, Return to School preparations that included COVID-19 protocols, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, and safe and welcoming schools focused on safety, security, and discipline redesign work as it. These engagement vehicles are performed at the district and school level.