cultural competence engagement committee BEGINNINGS

In 2016, Royal Oak Schools created “Forward Together,” a cultural competence planning outline that evolved to include a community forum. This forum met to hear experiences related to Royal Oak Schools and share what the district was doing around diversity, equity and inclusion. With input from administrators, teachers and the community, the forum prioritized a list of goals related to these topics. The Cultural Competence Engagement Committee is the next iteration of that group intended to share progress related to those goals and provide an educational resource for the community.

As an evolution of the “Forward Together: Cultural Competence Planning” initiative, Royal Oak Schools launched a new cultural competence engagement committee. The group serves as an advisory committee of community members, students and staff to discuss and improve the district’s cultural competence work. Together, the committee explores topics affecting students and families along the lines of race, religion, sexual orientation, special needs, language and poverty. This group meets 3-4 times a year to ensure long-term progress. 

Cultural Competence Engagement Committee members are...

  • Open minded
  • Interested in identifying topics to the group and problem solve around real solutions
  • Looking to learn more about Royal Oak Schools district goals, initiatives and plans around our social justice, cultural competence, diversity, and inclusion efforts
  • Able to commit to meeting as a group 3-4 times a year to sustain and support long-term goals
  • Excited to engage in learning and share out to the community
  • Wondering how Restorative Justice practices impact discipline processes
  • Inspired to learn about the professional development for our teachers and how new learning ties to the district’s curriculum

top goals identified by the forum:

  • Ensure diversity is incorporated into the everyday curriculum
  • Encourage staff participation in cultural competency professional development
  • Focus on diversity in hiring
  • Communicate more related to cultural competence

To be added to the email list for this group:

  • Email Joe Youanes at 
    • with the subject: "Add to Cultural Competence Engagement Committee Email List"
      • and include your name and email address in the body of the message. 

CCEC Work - Areas to Work On

The Cultural Competence Engagement Committee (CCEC) met as a whole in March 2020 to engage in conversation and further commit to being a more culturally responsive organization across prominent areas of work and supports via:  

  • Hiring Practices, Recruitment and Retention 
  • Curriculum and Resources
  • Professional Development
  • Responding to Student Needs and Behavior

Thank you for your interest in continuing in this work! We are focusing now on CCEC members to virtually meet, discuss goal areas, and to begin to identify specific action items or strategies that are connected to the CCEC goal areas.

We need your input!

Please use this survey to select a goal area that you would like to work on and you will be contacted by Joe Youanes to connect you with the CCEC member that will be leading that goal area group. Click on the link for updates on cultural competence work in Royal Oak Schools.

Thank you again for your continued support and passion for this very important work!

CCEC Goal Area Survey

Forward Together: Cultural Competence Planning

Two high profile incidents that occurred at Royal Oak Middle School in November, 2016, created an opportunity for us to work together towards a more complete realization of our district vision to be a Community of Excellence. Although these events highlighted a need, they did not create it. While we have a great school district in a great community, of which we are rightly proud, we acknowledge that we have work to do with regard to our promise that ALL experience a welcoming and inclusive community. We also recognize that we are not alone among districts and communities needing to do such work.  In the coming days, weeks, months, and years, we will work together to make the promise of our vision a reality for ALL.

The focus of our work moving forward is on developing capacity that allow all persons in our school community to understand the experiences of each other. Ultimately, bullying, harassment and intimidation are reduced when there are not groups of people or individuals that we view as "other.” Our focus will be on building organizational capacity, leadership training, and developing a long-term strategic plan to increase cultural competence among staff and students.   

PDF DocumentSpring 2020 Update

PDF DocumentSpring 2019 Update

PDF DocumentFebruary 21, 2018 Update

PDF DocumentCultural Awareness Proclamation

PDF DocumentJune 8, 2017 Update

PDF DocumentMay 10, 2017 Update

PDF DocumentParents of Children of Color Group

PDF DocumentApril 13, 2017 Update

PDF DocumentMarch 14, 2017 Community Forum Flyer

PDF DocumentMarch 14, 2017 Community Forum Agenda

PDF DocumentMarch 9, 2017 Update

PDF DocumentMarch 9, 2017 EL Presentation

PDF DocumentFebruary 9, 2017 Update

PDF DocumentJanuary 12, 2017 Update

PDF DocumentJanuary 12, 2017 Past & Existing Work

PDF DocumentDecember 8, 2016  Update

Board Meeting Statement 11-17-16

Statement on ACLU Letter