Kalamazoo RESA's Plan for DiversityKalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (Kalamazoo RESA) is designed for and committed to providing educational support and regulatory services to all the public and nonpublic schools and the public school academies within its legal boundaries. Kalamazoo RESA also provides educational leadership and acts as a proactive educational force in Southwest Michigan.
Kalamazoo RESA's mission is to provide innovative and responsive educational services to educators and learners through leadership, collaboration and support. To help achieve this mission, it is imperative that Kalamazoo RESA provides an inclusive and diverse environment that will encourage original thought, innovation and quality programs and services.
Notice: ABAR Leadership Team Expanding, Seeking Applications
Please refer to the email sent out by Tom Zahart on 2/16/2023.
This team expansion letter will provide information and process on how to become part of the ABAR Leadership Team.
Participate in the 2022-23 Equity Speaker Series and Google Classroom Learning Opportunity
The KRESA Instructional Services & Community Supports department along with the KRESA ABAR Team are thrilled to be able to share in the opportunity to learn from three experts focused on Reimaging Education for All; Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Dr. Andrea Riley Mukavetz, and Tiffany Jewel.
Check out the Equity Series Landing Page for dates, times, resources and the link to register.
In order to further our organizational learning, the ABAR team has also created a Google Classroom learning opportunity connected to This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel.
Participants will be taken on a journey of learning on “How to wake up, take action, and do the work” of anti-racism personally and collectively. More than learning a practice, pedagogy or approach, this learning series is about critical self reflection and connection. Through the guidance of Jewell’s writing, This Book is Anti-Racist participants will engage in learning around identity, belonging, agency and action for anti-racism in our lives, our professional settings, and our broader community. Participation in the reading, reflection, equity speaker series and community workshops and activities will support building common language, opportunities for practice and direct application of learning.
Check out; About this Journey for more information and to join the Google Classroom with your colleagues.
One Click Link to Join the Google Classroom Experience
Join the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Professional Learning Community
Purpose: To build Kalamazoo RESA staff knowledge and skill in implementing Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism practices. We seek to build knowledge and skills collectively to meet the service needs of our community.
PLC will meet on the dates liste below to discuss This Book is AntiRacist by Tiffany Jewell. The first 90 people to sign up will receive a free notebook!
- October 11, 2022 from 4:00-5:00 pm
- December 13, 2022 from 4:00-5:00 pm
- March 14, 2023 from 4:00-5:00 pm
To sign-up, please complete this Google Form. A Zoom meeting link will be sent out prior to the meeting based on the sign-up sheet. We look forward to connecting with you.
ABAR Leadership TeamThe Kalamazoo RESA Anti-Bias Anti-Racism (ABAR) Leadership Team exists to analyze and transform institutional policies, procedures, and systems to promote accountability within KRESA and the greater Kalamazoo community. We are working to embody the values of an anti-bias, anti-racist service organization. The team’s purpose is to collaborate with others, promote organizational change, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion as we seek to fulfill our core values:
For more information about inclusion and diversity at Kalamazoo RESA, or to join the committee, contact one of our Team Coordinators:
- Collaboration: We work together
- Innovation: We find a better way
- Compassion: We lead with heart
- Trustworthy: We act with integrity
- Respect: We value all people
Documents & Resources
- Glossary of Bias Terms
- ABAR Newsletters (Jan. 2019 - Current)
- How to use people’s correct pronouns ~ Pronoun Guide
- ERACCE - Calendar of Events
- Radio program - A Safe Place to Talk About Race
- I&D Committee Basecamp Group
- U.S. Department of Education ~ Diversity Open Letter