A Continued Focus on EQUITY

A Continued Focus on EQUITY
Posted on 10/07/2019
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Much has been made of the difference between equity and equality. While equality means treating every student the same, equity means making sure every student has the support they need to be successful. Our focus on equity is about providing a learning environment that promotes personal excellence for all. It means making sure every child gets what they need to succeed. All of our students come to school with unique abilities and talents -- they are all rich in culture and heritage.  

The dictionary defines equity as “justice according to natural law or right; freedom from bias or favoritism.” Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has an equal chance for success. That requires understanding the unique challenges and barriers faced by individual students or by populations of students and providing additional support to help them overcome those barriers. While this in itself may not ensure equal outcomes, we are working to ensure that every child has an
equal opportunity for success.

In education, we have this tendency to distill our work and the work of our students into curriculum maps, checklists and reports. While we need these systems, they don’t tell the whole story about the unique challenges and barriers some students face. The ability to improve means we acknowledge our own biases and work together to eliminate inequity.  

We see students as people with assets and aspirations and it is our job to help them realize their goals and dreams. Equity is about purposeful, authentic engagement with our students and the world around us. It’s the intersection of what we know is important as educators and what we know is important as citizens. It’s making sure all students are well-prepared for a world defined by new technologies, economic shifts, and profound social challenges.  

Achieving true equity requires that we look at everything we do -- as a District and from an individual student perspective. Our goal as a District is to ensure that all students are college, career, and life ready when they graduate. An equitable educational environment is about student empowerment: making sure all students have what they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.