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New Teacher On Special Assignment will be hired to assist with professional development, planning of teaching

Lake Oswego School District is setting out to change its diversity, equity and inclusion structure by hiring a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA).

"In LOSD we are committed to the work of building inclusiveness and understanding across our system, and to the work of anti-racism," Superintendent Lora de la Cruz said in a message to the LOSD community.

She said this work starts at the top — with leadership that models the behavior they want to see.

"Every leader must be willing to address the impacts of systemic racism and inequities on communities of color and other communities that have been historically marginalized and underserved," de la Cruz said.

The TOSA will report to the superintendent and assist with professional development as well as the planning of teaching and learning.

De la Cruz said that the district already has many employees who are working on equity. There's the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee at the district level, as well as a group made up of teachers and classified staff and an equity group in each school.

"They're all doing work that is really important to them, but it's work that is different in every school," she said. "I heard a desire this year for them to be more aligned and overlapping, so that their work intersects, which makes it even more powerful.

She said that's where the TOSA model comes into play. The district is unsure, at this point, how many TOSAs it will have the budget to hire.


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