Cultural Proficiency

The district is developing a culturally proficient learning community that is integrating and transforming knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of services; thereby eliminating opportunity gaps.

DMPS is a majority-minority urban district that serves families from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, home languages and cultural experiences. As such, it is an expectation that district leaders, educators and related services personnel be aware and respectful of the values, beliefs, traditions, and customs of the children and families they serve. It is also expected that DMPS personnel be aware of the impact their own culture may have on interactions with and decisions regarding students and families. These factors must be taken into account when planning and delivering services to children and their families in order to ensure all DMPS students graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to excel in life.

In an effort to ensure School Board and superintendent goals regarding culturally proficiency and educational equity are met, DMPS is actively working with The College of Education at Iowa State University and other partners in developing a district plan that fully embeds cultural proficiency and equity into our continuous improvement process. This plan includes specific goals, annual attainable benchmarks, and the development of district support structures and deliverables for schools to ensure the DMPS Systems of Support are viewed through a culturally proficient lens. Throughout the year, the District Office will be providing additional information, updates and supports regarding the integration of our commitment to Cultural Proficiency into our current systems.

The following documents provide additional information about the work underway at DMPS to be a leader among school districts in our cultural proficiency work: