Together, developing action plans to ensure our schools are models of inclusion, respect and cultural understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Race, Inclusion, Social Justice, Equity 

As a response to an outcry from our students and staff to address issues of race and diversity following the George Floyd incident this past spring, the Board of Trustees asked Superintendent DeLeon to begin the work of ensuring every single student from every background thrives in GUSD.  Dr. DeLeon and her team created the acronym R.I.S.E. after listing the 4 main areas to be addressed- race, inclusion, social justice and equity.   R.I.S.E. is not and never has been affiliated with any group or curriculum found on the internet.

R.I.S.E. is a voluntary forum to address ways we can improve the educational experience and outcomes for students ofdiverse backgrounds or subgroups.  The coalition will work develop a strategic plan for addressing areas of growth as a district.

R.I.S.E. is comprised of interested, volunteer students, staff and community members who wish to promote ways to support success for EVERY student, focusing on students from special populations who have historically experienced gaps in achievement.  
No.  R.I.S.E. is neither a curriculum nor mandatory. 

No. R.I.S.E. is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter.

No, R.I.S.E. is a committee to address the educational program in G.U.S.D.  It is not affiliated with any political movement or party.

No, absolutely not!  The school district is strictly interested in continuous improvement and the success of every child in the district.  Every district has areas of improvement and subgroups of students who do not achieve at the high levels we strive for as educators.  Students throughout the state are identified by subgroups.  Those subgroups include:   race, parent income, language proficiency, special needs, etc.  The intent of R.I.S.E. is to strengthen the outcomes for students of every background and every subgroup.
The GUSD subgroup data is better in some areas and worse in others.  The point is that our goal is and will always be to improve our own outcomes for every student.

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