Who is Ken Shelton, Darien Public Schools' DEI Consultant?




Mr. Shelton of Elevate Education https://us.elevateeducation.com was chosen by Darien Public School System as a consultant to guide the DEI Team, support students, staff and parents. For more details on his background- https://kennethshelton.net


From the Darien Public School DEI District Update Memorandum on October 26, 2021:

Mr. Shelton will "support the facilitation of a District-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee including students, teachers, administration, parents, and representation from the community and the Darien Board of Education, who will collaboratively:


● create a District equity statement;

● analyze data following and strategically identify root causes of inequities;

● develop DEI fluency through participation in experience to explore equity;

● build networks across the community to discuss DEI topics;

● make recommendations to address understood barriers; and,

● systematically review data to evaluate successes and growth areas."

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What principles will Mr. Shelton use to guide Darien Public Schools? Take a look at his three part series in Medium, "GRADING IS CAPITALIST, RACIST AND EXPLOITATIVE".


https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/grading-is-capitalist-racist-and-exploitative-5753b951222c

https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/grading-is-capitalist-racist-and-exploitative-423c0c04742c

https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/grading-is-capitalist-racist-and-exploitative-c97266515e87


Also, from a speech in September, 2019:

Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Schools

  • 31 min mark: In talking about successful strategies schools have used to promote equity, one strategy he has seen as effective in reducing inequities is to "get rid of Gifted & Talented programs... because they create segregation in integrated schools..." Mentions how this "creates a level playing field."

  • 53 min mark: Discusses professional development. Mentions that professional learning and support, especially when there's a demographic differential difference between teachers & students, "should start off with Anti-Racist and Implicit Bias training".

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Budgeted expenditures for FY 2022 include a total of $79,000 of which $23,000 is budgeted in supporting the DEI committee and staff professional development.

Additional expenditures include $35,000 to support the development of student leaders, athletic teams and coaches as well as an additional $21,000 to support community partnership opportunities and additional professional development for staff.

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If you have any questions for Mr. Shelton. Tune into the Special Meeting of the Board of Education at 5PM on Thursday, November 18. https://darienps.zoom.us/j/93374588969