Mastery Schools is proud to share that we have named Saliyah Cruz, Ed.D, as our new Chief Equity Officer. Cruz brings more than 25 years of experience in K-12 education, instructional leadership, student development, and diversity, equity and inclusion strategy to the organization.
As the Chief Equity Officer, Cruz will be responsible for ensuring that equity is centered in Mastery’s program model and organizational culture with the aim of fulfilling Mastery’s vision to be a model urban public school district. The work of equity is a central and unifying priority for Mastery Schools and the Chief Equity Officer, which is a new role at the organization, will ensure that the work evolves and positively influences all aspects of the organization’s work.
Our Equity Vision
We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission.
We strive to be an anti-racist school district that eliminates the inequities in academic achievement that limit our students’ choices, that cultivates classrooms where every student is affirmed, supported, and held to high expectations, and that nurtures a diverse organization where students, staff, and families are valued, respected, and included.
In this moment of a necessary and long overdue national reckoning, we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. In order to fulfill our vision as a model urban school district, Mastery must also be a model anti-racist school district.
We are committed to making our society, and our schools, more just and more free.
We will turn these words into concrete actions and will be keeping this page regularly updated with our work and our journey.
We are prioritizing four main areas of work:
- Healthy Organization: We strive to model the behaviors and community we want for our students. We strive for a school community where all students, families, and staff feel valued, safe, supported, and welcomed.
- Student Outcomes: Mastery graduates have the academic and personal skills sufficient to navigate and lead in the world and the personal skills to pursue their chosen post-high school pathways. Mastery graduates successfully transition to the post-secondary path of their choosing.
- Student Experience: Students are affirmed and supported in meeting high expectations in every classroom. Instruction is both engaging and impactful and students are held to the highest expectations in every classroom.
- Families & Systems Engagement: Parents are partners with Mastery in the education of their children. Mastery will influence the regional debate on education and the significant issues that impact our families.