SAU 21 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
SAU 21 serves the districts of Hampton Falls, North Hampton, South Hampton, Seabrook and Winnacunnet Cooperative. Together our schools represent some of the most innovative and successful schools in the region.
The pages contained in this section offer resources for parents, students, staff and the public.
SAU 21 Core Beliefs on Equity & Inclusion (Adopted JB Policy ACB)
As each student enters a school district within SAU 21, dreams are nurtured, history and cultural heritage are celebrated, love of learning is fostered, educational, physical, emotional and social needs are supported.
SAU21 is a community of learners committed to equity and the success of each student. This commitment means that student success will not be predicted nor predetermined by race, ethnicity, family economics, mobility, language, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, initial proficiencies or religion.
The principle of equity goes beyond formal equality where all persons are treated the same. Instead, equity fosters an inclusive and barrier-free environment in which everyone will fully benefit. The district will apply this principle of equity to all policies, programs, operations, practices and resource allocations. All students will have access and opportunity to a high quality education.
All schools within SAU 21 are committed to the following foundational beliefs:
- Each student can learn with adequate support at the highest levels when all staff provide equitable access and opportunity for learning, and hold each student to high expectations;
- Maximizing the academic achievement of every child requires allocating resources equitably, not necessarily equally;
- Everyone in the district will act to eliminate disparities to prepare all students for college and career and;
- An inclusive and welcoming environment plays a critical role in supporting a child’s educational goals.
To realize our beliefs all SAU21 school districts will:
- Systematically use districtwide and individual school level data, disaggregated by race, ethnicity, language, special education, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background and mobility to inform district decision-making;
- Provide students with equitable access to high quality curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services, even when this means differentiating resource allocation;
- Affirm the identity of each student, acknowledge and celebrate differences to create a sense of belonging for each student;
- Incorporate the voice, culture and perspectives of students, staff, families and communities that reflect student demographics to support and enhance student success;
- Identify and counteract biased practices that perpetuate achievement disparities
- Provide multiple and varied opportunities in order to meet the needs of the diverse student body;
- Actively recruit, hire, and retain staff that reflect student demographics at all organizational levels and support employees to engage in culturally responsive practices and delivery of quality instruction and service; and
- Ensure that the SAU 21 Strategic Plan as well as that of each of our individual school districts embraces the principle of equity as a key feature and presents measurable outcomes to prepare all students for college, career and life.
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