As the search for a new PUSD Superintendent progresses, the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee would like to highlight qualities we hold as essential in an educational leader. We believe that the District can best be led by an innovative leader who continues to focus on supporting a high quality educational environment and furthers issues of diversity and inclusion in our school community.
A successful learning environment requires attention to diversity because the demands of work and life in the 21st century require cultural sensitivity and an appreciation of differences. A truly educated society embraces and seeks to understand a broad spectrum of perspectives – which are increasingly important in this globally interconnected society and economy.
To ensure that diversity and inclusion are part of the learning environment in our schools, we would like a Superintendent who has the following skills and characteristics:
We recognize that a Superintendent cannot lead the way on these issues without the encouragement and cooperation of the School Board, which currently does not have an articulated strategy around diversity and inclusion. We hope the Board takes advantage of this search for a new Superintendent to model inclusiveness in the search process and to consider the characteristics listed above as critical to the future of our school district.
We applaud efforts to gather community input through an open forum, online survey, and numerous interviews including school and district staff, Board members, students, and various school support organizations. We also believe it is important to share our views publicly and urge others to do so as well. This is the most transparent way to hold each other, the search consultant, and the School Board accountable for conducting a truly engaged search process.
The PADC Executive Board