Racial Equity & Inclusion Systems Improvement

Racial Equity

Educational Improvements:

Learning Support Services will collaborate with teachers to critically examine existing curriculum and develop curriculum that reflects the experiences and history of all community members. A new AG approved course for Ethnic Studies and Ethnic Literature has been developed and will be offered to our high school students starting with the 2021-2022 school year.  

Ethnic Studies  Ethnic Literature

Racial Equity

Ethnic Studies and Ethnic Literature:  Community Feedback

In response to our PUSD racial equity and inclusion forums held with both students and parent community groups,  The Poway Unified School District’s Board of Education approved two new course outlines:  Ethnic Studies and Ethnic Literature.  We have had overwhelming student interest in these classes, and will be offering at least one section of each course at all high schools in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  In preparation, teachers have been working hard drafting units of study and vetting possible course materials.  The information below represents our current efforts in designing both courses including class reading materials and sample assignments.  We ask that those interested review the materials and complete the feedback forms listed at the top of each document.  The feedback will be reviewed and considered as we make additional revisions to each course and submit course materials for adoption.  We look forward to receiving this important input from our schools and greater community!

*Both courses are optional for students; neither is required.

Course Information & Feedback Form: Ethnic Studies  

Course Information & Feedback Form: Ethnic Literature

Discipline & Restorative Justice Practices:

PUSD is actively updating the District's Discipline Plan to be a Restorative Discipline Plan to include specific language that reflects a restorative approach rather than a punitive approach. This includes the goal of revising the current Discipline Policy to improve consistent implementation and a more robust approach to racial slurs, hate language and behavior. ​In addition, expanded Character Pillars ​will include explicit connections to aspects of anti-racism. The development of restorative justice practices at each school level ​to address all incidents of hate language and behavior ​is also underway. 

Racial Equity

Diversity in the Classroom:

PUSD has committed to increase the hiring, retention and support of educational leaders who reflect all members of the community. In addition, a future staff survey will be conducted to determine baseline demographics.


The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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