First off we would also like to shout out our amazing student leaders who have pushed this work forward at TEA through their advocacy and wisdom: Diego Martinez, Bella Auerbach, Summer LaFleur, Nico Bolen and Isha Vedock. Second, we deeply appreciate our DEIB Strategic Planning and Design Process Participants who co-created our DEIB Strategic Plan – whether you attended a design session for a couple of hours OR participated in the two day planning “retreat”, you lent your time, expertise, and your voice to this collaborative process and we are sincerely grateful.
As an update and share out of our journey – in Spring 2022 parents, staff, faculty, students and board members from Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) met over 3 days to create a five year strategic plan, spending 19 hours in highly participatory collaboration, reflecting, sharing and establishing priorities to guide the school’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts. The process began with an education session. Acknowledging that we all enter this work with varying experiences and knowledge, the education session was an opportunity to establish a baseline of shared knowledge. The group co-constructed TEA’s history via a History Wall, reviewed key concepts and vocabulary, and shared important resources. We then collaborated to create a shared vision of what we wanted to see in place in 5 years at TEA. After creating the shared vision, the group named the blocks that prevent the vision from becoming a reality. Four strategies were created to deal with the blocks and move the communiTEA towards the practical vision.
TEA’s Four Strategic Directions are:
- Cultivating and Embracing DEIB Education
- Committing to Policies, Practices, and People
- Building a More Connected and Collaborative Community
- Reimagining Our Financial Model with a DEIB Lens
- The four strategic directions will guide TEA’s activities for the next five years.
- A DEIB steering committee (composed of members of our strategic planning participants) will be assembled this summer in order to provide oversight and drive implementation moving forward and then we will reconvene in the fall for a five hour virtual meeting to co-create a first-year implementation plan.
- We will then invite others in the CommuniTEA to review the plan and join the implementation process.