The BEST/VTPBIS State Team believes that Black lives matter. Following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, we have become acutely aware of our responsibility to interrupt racism by disrupting and addressing issues of inequity, hate, and bias in schools.
As a State Team, we will:
- Engage in professional development about racism, bias, and white fragility in order to build greater awareness, sensitivity, and opportunities for reflection;
- Listen and learn from the educational experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color;
- Embed the core components of equity and cultural responsiveness in all BEST/VTPBIS professional development and coaching in order to build equitable systems, policies, and practices in Vermont schools;
- Ensure that the systems and practices of PBIS include voice, choice, and ownership of all students, families, and staff;
- Promote professional development on social/emotional/behavioral learning strategies that are grounded in equity, honor different cultures, and teach anti-bias;
- Collect, analyze, problem solve, and act on fidelity and student outcome data in order to decrease disproportionality in Vermont schools; and
- Establish an equity action plan to be evaluated on an annual basis.