District Wide School Climate Committee

District-Wide School Climate Committee

Two staff representatives from each of Bexley’s five schools make up this committee that works to identify and mitigate non-academic barriers to success. The work falls under two main categories; Equity/Inclusion/Diversity and Social Emotional Development. Professional development (EnlightenMEnts) is provided to staff that is linked to the strategic plan and fits under one (or both) of the development categories.

Committee Members



Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

Social/Emotional 

Cassingham

Karen Kelly

Michelle Guistolise

Maryland

Melanie Newman

Lisa Viney

Montrose

Catherine Edwards

Cindy Tyson

Middle School

Michelle Rowley-Welsch

Michael Vincent 

High School

Tony Carfagna

Andrea Brown

District

Leisan C. Smith

2020-2021 EnlightenMEnts/Professional Development


August 2020

A Lens for the Year Ahead: A Focus on Anti-Racism


October 2020

The Voice of Students/ Dear Student Letter


Implicit and Institutional Bias Modules, OSU College of Education & Human Ecology


  • Examined the current racial climate impacting students

  • Considered the role educators play in addressing racial justice

  • Planed actionable steps to counteract racism and implicit bias

October 2020

Establishing the Context: Racism and Bias in Our Schools


Implicit and Institutional Bias Modules, OSU College of Education & Human Ecology

  • Reflected on racism and bias in our school environments

  • Compared explicit vs implicit bias

November 2020

Real World Implications


Implicit and Institutional Bias Modules, OSU College of Education & Human Ecology


  • Focused on implicit bias in school contexts

  • Examined case studies and discussed examples of institutional bias

December 2020

So You Want to Talk About Race

  • District-wide book read introduction 

  • Discussion guidelines

January 2021

So You Want to Talk About Race

  • Intro., Chapters 1-5

February 2021

So You Want to Talk About Race

  • Chapters 6-11

March 2021

So You Want to Talk About Race

  • Chapters 12-17

For More Information

Leisan C. Smith
Director of Student and Community Engagement
Bexley City School District
348 South Cassingham Road
Bexley, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-7611 ext. 4115