Equity and Student Support
In City Schools of Decatur, we are committed to aligning educational practices, policies, and resources to ensure that all students have access to and feel welcome to participate in high-quality learning experiences, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, linguistic diversity, or other cultural characteristics.
Consistent with the District’s Strategic Priority to Reduce Disproportionality, the Department of Equity and Student Support is committed to understand the root causes of disproportionality in CSD; provide input on discipline policies, practices, and culturally relevant pedagogy; engage faculty and staff in cultural awareness and cultural proficiency professional learning activities; and strengthen family and community partnerships.
The Department also:
- provides assistance to students, staff, and families through health services (nurses), evaluation and analysis (school psychologists), and academic support (Title Programs),
- delivers prevention and intervention services (school counseling and social work),
- addresses the needs of homeless students and families through the McKinney-Vento Act, Supports the Decatur Student Center, housed at Decatur High School, and
- provides high interest, well-managed athletics, and activities of exceptional quality to all students in City Schools of Decatur.
Beyond Diversity Staff/Faculty Seminar - February 17 and 18, 2020
CSD Faculty and Staff will engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism, grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools, and practice using strategies for identifying and addressing policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact achievement for students’ of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education.
Beyond Diversity Community Seminar - February 6 and 7, 2020
Engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools; and practice using strategies for identifying and addressing policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact achievement for students’ of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education.
If you are interested in attending this community training, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you as soon as final decisions have been made.
Please only complete the form if you know for certain that you are able to attend both full days of the training, which will be held Thursday, February 6th and Friday, February 7th from 8:30a-3:30pm.
Contact the Decatur Education Foundation for more information.
DEF Equity Salon
DEF's second salon will be on the topic of Equity. This free event (and fundraiser) is designed to give you a front-row seat as we hear from students, teachers, and community members who are working to ensure a more equitable experience for our students while dismantling racism in our community and our schools. If you're interested in attending this event and learning more about this important work and how you can support it, please go to www.DecaturEducationFoundation.org/Equity and complete the short Google form.
Clairemont Elementary International Night
The Clairemont Crew is from everywhere!
Family, Food, and Fun
November 8, 2019
The community is invited to Clairemont's International Night sponsored by the PTO's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Families are encouraged to bring dishes to share and wear traditional clothing which represents your heritage and culture.
Talley Street PTO's Peace & Pie
The Talley St. PTO Diversity and Inclusion committee invites you to Peace and Pie, a community communication event - but with pie!
- Bring your favorite pie to Talley St. School Tues, Nov. 19th @ 6:30 pm.
- Eat pie and participate in meaningful community conversations around issues of race and difference until 8:30.
- That's it!
Hope to see you there! Contact www.talleypto.org/signup/ to participate!
Executive Director of Equity and Student Support
Dr. Lillie Huddleston
404-371-3601 x 1026
Student Success Coordinator
Dr. Dianne Acuña (Thompson) Andree
Dr. Mari Ann Banks
404-371-3601 x 1029
Coordinator of 504 and School Psychology
Mr. Benjamin Knaebel, M.A. NCSP
404-371-3601 x 1062
Administrative Assistant for Equity and Student Support
Ms. Cynthia Brown
404-371-3601 x 1032
Equity-Based Concerns, Ideas, or Questions?
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