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Equity Committee

Mission: The Equity Committee will collaborate with and lead the Cyber Village Academy community in cultivating a culture of equity that includes restorative practices and reflects the contributions, perspectives and interest of diverse racial/ethnic groups.

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  • Promote mutual understanding between the community and the district
  • Promote inclusion, justice and equity in our school
  • Collaborate with the CVA Professional Learning Community to identify and implement initiatives that best support students.
  • Actively create, coordinate and support partnerships that engage students and families in boosting academic achievement.
  • Connect students and programs within the school to the broader community.
  • Analyze student performance and discipline data in order to recommend interventions.
  • Build and sustain relationships with stakeholder groups in the community to support equity goals.
  • Support stakeholder voices in school decision making.

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Melissa Onyango-Robshaw - Committee Chairperson
Nicholas Rice 
Taylor Clements
Peggy Palumbo
Christie Juneski
Courtney Chesher
David Bullard
Jeremy Levinger
Rachel James
Nicole Rasmussen
Robyn Consoer

Current Focus Areas

Chance To Learn: school provides opportunities for all students to achieve academic success
  • Measure 1: identify culturally relevant curriculum
  • Measure 2: teacher high expectations for all students
  • Measure 3: teacher training in equity
Fair Discipline: students of color are not disproportionately disciplined
  • Measure 1:staff members are trained in cultural competence
  • Measure 2: conflict resolution focuses on restorative practices
  • Measure 3: data collection


1. Continue mission.
2. Continue plan for parent and student involvement.  
3. Continue plan for reporting details and how to better pull discipline reports.
4. Continue to provide lesson plans for each grade band for the quarterly theme.
1. Notify stakeholders of the committee goals through Newsletter and Website.
2. Have a teacher training demonstrating how to talk about race in the classroom using circles.
3. Get lesson plans for each grade band.
1. Determine next steps with community stakeholders.
2. Review discipline data to date.
3. Lead three sessions of staff development for teaching staff.
1. Coordinate with student leadership group work

Restorative Practices

Cyber Village Academy is working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to implement restorative practices into our school community and culture.  The concept of restorative practices has been around for thousands of years and is used commonly by indigenous communities as a way to build relationships, strengthen communities and resolve conflicts.  There is limited research as to the effects of restorative practices in schools but the preliminary data shows that restorative practices are a promising tool for building relationships and as an alternative to more traditional consequences for misbehavior.  CVA is fortunate to be partnered with MDE as a pilot school and is sharing data we collect with the state to help inform the use of restorative practices by other schools.
Here are some resources to learn more about restorative practices in schools: