Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

Request for Proposals - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion District Partnership

The Upper Arlington Schools 2019-2024 Strategic Plan draws attention to our long-running philosophy of educating the whole child. The Board of Education continues its commitment to ensuring our schools are places where all students are welcomed, respected, celebrated and supported while receiving the highest quality education. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential elements of student and staff well-being. The Board prioritizes continued support of our students in academics, the arts and student life activities while pursuing equitable practices that cultivate the diverse gifts, talents, interests and identities of every child as they learn how to serve, lead and succeed. This balanced approach is integral to the development of well-rounded and higher-achieving students.

Upper Arlington Schools Board of Education, administration and staff are committed to teaching and leading with diversity, inclusiveness, empathy, compassion and civility for the approximately 6,200 students we serve — including approximately 300 in our preschool program, 2,900 in grades K-5, 1,400 in grades 6-8 and 1,900 in grades 9-12. We are actively working to examine our policies and practices to ensure that all facets of our school culture truly reflect the district’s mission, vision and values.

The district seeks to strengthen its efforts through a partnership with a provider that builds on the expertise already offered by the staff and community. This partnership will enable the district to benchmark current progress and integrate further diversity, equity and inclusion research-based strategies that have a meaningful and lasting impact.

The third component of the strategic plan identifies the importance of continuous improvement. While the district has made inroads with the overall inclusiveness of the school district, the continuous improvement process enables the district to continually plan, review data, progress-monitor clear goals and adjust based on those outcomes. This partnership will further enable the district to review key processes that may need to be adjusted to ensure access to all services for the students and staff.

Proposals will be accepted until March 31, 2023. Each entity submitting a proposal (hereinafter “Provider”) shall do so at its own expense. One copy of the proposal shall be prepared and submitted in an envelope clearly marked “RFP 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Partnership Proposal” to Upper Arlington Schools, attention Kathleen Jenney, 1619 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221. In addition, please email an electronic copy to [email protected]. A proposal received after 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2023, may be disqualified.

Questions regarding this RFP should be submitted via email to Kathy Jenney at [email protected]. A pre-proposal meeting will be conducted on March 21, 2023, at 10:00 am via Zoom for any interested organizations.

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