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Vision & Strategic Priorities

Vision

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) stands as the educational hub of a thriving Capital region, modeling and driving diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students and staff - regardless of their race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin, or ability. We support the development of schools that stand as safe havens where all people feel protected, respected, and welcomed. We examine ourselves first, striving to know better and do better. We use our essential voice in public education to inspire others to challenge their thinking, dismantle systemic inequities, and encourage all to be ardent advocates for social justice. 

Our organization recognizes that:

  1. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our general practices, fulfilling our mission to be great and change lives. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are recognized as core institutional values that drive decision-making, resource allocation, and the development of all policies and practices. We are committed to strengthening the organization through hiring diverse staff at all levels and ensuring their retention by developing staff to deepen their understanding of the impact of bias and the critical value of cultural diversity.

  2. Self-awareness is the foundation upon which we build individual and organizational cultural proficiency. It is the continuous practice of examining one’s own thoughts and biases. Seeking first to understand, engaging in earnest dialogue, and actively listening are keys to challenging our assumptions and to understanding those who are different from us. This includes reflective opportunities to challenge our own system in acknowledging and mitigating operational barriers.

  3. We recognize the power of data and continuously strive to ensure that our data practices advance our commitment to equitable access to education and supports.  We are committed to being faithful stewards of all data processes, with regular reviews to ensure accuracy of process and outcome and to examine these for bias or inequity.

  4. We recognize and value parents/families as part of our educational community. Key to our collective success is the practice of engaging in collaborative internal and external partnerships that support the emerging needs of students, families, staff, and the communities in which we live and work.

  5. Academic equity is the cornerstone of ensuring students receive what they need in order to learn. We are committed to safeguarding access and opportunity for all students, ensuring that there are culturally relevant practices and evidence-based approaches in place.

  6. We recognize that our classrooms are reflective of our communities, and that issues of bias, racism and other inequities may extend into our schools. We are committed to ongoing review of our disciplinary data, analysis of our policies to identify inequities, and building the skills of students and staff to ensure there is no disproportionate impact on students of color, students with disabilities, or students who present with different experiences or backgrounds. We strive for a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. #knowbetterdobetter

Strategic Priorities