Equity Survey with Temple University

NPS Equity in Education Survey with Temple University
Posted on 12/04/2020
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Equity in Education Survey

Norwalk Public Schools, in partnership with Temple University, launched the next phase of the districtwide Norwalk Educational Equity Initiative. To get a deeper perspective from the community on equity, a survey for parents is available online. Input from the survey will be utilized to develop the next Strategic Operating Plan.

All members of the NPS community are invited and encouraged to participate. This includes parents who currently have a student enrolled in the district, or have had a student enrolled in the district in the past.

“To design a theory of change around the issues of equity and bias within our educational system, a strong understanding is needed of the hopes and dreams of our community. Learning more about the experiences of students, parents and staff is critical to this process,” said Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Alexandra Estrella. “The valuable feedback we receive will help shape the conversation moving forward and ensure that all Norwalk children are being served well.” 

The survey takes about 12 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Participants can exit the survey at any time. 

Parents who are or have had a child enrolled in the district, are invited to participate in an anonymous survey. The survey can be accessed in multiple languages here:  Survey 

The ongoing equity initiative consists of four phases of work: an examination of disproportionate representation that looks at where children of color are under-represented or over-represented in programs and situations; a community survey; presentations to the Norwalk community on findings and recommendations; and equity literacy development of district leadership. Recommendations from the work will also include plans for a yearlong program of professional development for employees that will focus on strategies for reducing implicit bias-based beliefs.

Questions about the study or research-related problems should be brought to the attention of the research team at TempleEquityLab@gmail.com or lead investigator, Dr. Edward Fergus, Assistant Professor at Temple University, 215-204-6403.