Supporting Black/African American Student Success

Last updated 04/19/2024



NUSD’s Intentional Efforts to Support Black/African American Student Success

The Natomas Unified School District is committed to supporting all of its students to be successful. During the November 15th board meeting, there was an intentional, targeted presentation that addressed the needs of NUSD’s Black/African American students. While there are many areas to celebrate for our Black/African American students, such as graduation rates that exceed the state average and high A-G completion rates, staff shared that there are some areas of concern such as proficiency in English Language Arts and math according to performance indicators such as state testing (CAASPP).

Staff shared 10 strategies to improve Black/African American student success. These are aligned with the district’s vision, core values, and five district goals. The diagram below reflects each goal, the strategies to be implemented within each goal, and the action items currently in progress or planned in the future. 

DEI Vision

goal 1Current Actions
  • Over 285 titles representing over 3,400 library books that reflect the diversity of NUSD’s student population
  • Race and Social Justice Course
  • AP African American Studies Pilot
  • United College Action Network (UCAN) Partnership for College Fairs with HBCUs
  • All staff professional development in culturally and linguistically responsive academic vocabulary
  • Staff professional development in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning
Actions in Development/Planned
  • TCM Culturally Authentic and Responsive Texts (Home book bundles and resources in classrooms) Beginning Winter, 2023
  • Freedom Soul Media program (6th-12th grade) pilot at Natomas Middle School and Natomas High School for 300 students Beginning Winter, 2023
  • Spring into Excellence Summer Program Beginning Summer, 2024
  • Exploring Freedom School summer program Summer, 2024
  • Targeted tutoring for identified students in LEAP Academy using Varsity Tutors Coming Soon
  • Developing an early literacy intervention program for Tier 2/Tier 3 Coming Soon

goal 2

Current Actions
  • Regularly examining chronic absenteeism data
  • Early adopter for no school suspensions for 48900(k) – Willful defiance/disruption at all grade levels (2021)
  • Pilot Girls Intervention/Mentoring Group at Inderkum High School
  • Focused work on disparity and disproportionality in how to address behavior incidents and chronic absenteeism with support from Sacramento County of Education (SCOE) and CORE network
Actions in Development/Planned
  • Attendance Incentives for students in mentoring programs Coming Soon
  • Plans to expand Girls Groups across secondary Coming Soon

goal 3


Current Actions:
  • Student Focus Group with CAFE
  • Collect data on student participation in athletics and extracurricular activities to monitor proportionality
  • Paid Membership for Black Students of California United for our High School Black Student Unions
  • Since 2020, Annual Black History Poster Contest open to all students
  • Black Excellence Ball at NHS
  • Student mentorship and after-school programs (IYT, iVIBE, 100 Black Men, etc.) that connected B/AA students with mentors and supports at their school
  • Little Heroes program for structured recess/lunchtime activities
Actions in Development/Planned:
  • Develop an outreach plan for B/AA students who are not engaged Coming Soon
  • Student Success Conference Planning in 2024-25 for future years
  • Spring into Excellence Spring Pilot Beginning Spring, 2024

goal 4

Current Actions:
  • Diverse Conversations Group for B/AA Families
  • Parent University Workshops in partnership with U-CAN
  • In 2022 and 2023, Parent University hosted Literacy Family Night featuring African American Children’s Authors; also in 2022, worked in partnership with NBPU on Family Fun and Fitness in the Park
  • Hosted 4 Family Engagement Nights as part of Girls LeadHership during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school year; plans to continue this in 2023-2024
Actions in Development/Planned:
  • IYT work with family engagement Coming Soon
  • Freedom Soul Media program videos and parent engagement events Coming Spring, 2024

goal 5

Current Actions:
  • Diverse Future Educator Program (Year 6 of implementation)
  • Interrupting Microaggressions training (94 participants +NHS staff since Spring, 2023)
  • Cultural Behavioral Tutorials (Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning) (223 participants since Fall, 2022)*
    *More info on next slide
Actions in Development/Planned:
  • Develop onboarding and ongoing support for diverse staff members Planning occurring during the 2023-24 school year
  • Review Interview Questions through cultural lens Occuring during 2023-24 school year
  • Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Training For 2024-25 School Year
  • Pilot Training with Core Team on “Action Steps for Approaching the N-Word” (Dr. Hollie Training) Beginning November 2023
  • Speaking Up: Strategies for Responding to Bias and Hate Speech at School Beginning Coming Soon


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