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Digging Deeper into Equity: Instructional Content and Inclusive Culture in Burbank

Meeting 47
June 23-24, 2022
Burbank, California

As Burbank USD strives to ensure an excellent education for all students, it does so against the historical backdrop of discriminatory practices that include status as a “sundown town.” In recent years, the school board and district leaders have publicly committed to advancing equity through steps like a board-adopted anti-racist statement. Subcommittees on policy, instruction, social and emotional learning, and engagement are vehicles through which Burbank educators acknowledge the systemic barriers to progress and create the conditions for all students to thrive. Meeting participants will convene to discuss Burbank's equity journey. 

Meeting Summary


Briefing Book

Policy and practice briefs produced as an outcome from Meeting 47.

  brief thumbnailMaking it Matter: A Systems Approach to Advancing Equity and Excellence for        Students
  April 2023

As districts across the state resumed full-time instruction and began the task of pandemic recovery, members of the California Collaborative on District Reform convened three times in 2021-22 to continue and deepen their ongoing exploration of local strategies for meeting students' academic, social and emotional, and mental health needs. Of particular concern in these gatherings was the need to address systemic contributors to the persistent inequities in both educational opportunities and outcomes that the pandemic had accentuated. This brief and webinar summarize key takeaways from discussions among meeting participants exploring ways in which school systems center equity in their work.