District 211 Equity Team

  • Township High School District 211 believes that equity is a fundamental concept to both student success and operation as a public school system, and the District is fortunate to serve students and families that represent a large number of diverse cultures and backgrounds. The District has a strong history as a school community where concepts of equity are valued and integrated into the mindset, actions, and daily interactions of every student, staff member, and parent. District 211 has been, and continues to be, aware of the necessity that it understands and responds to the ever-changing needs within both the school community and the broader world. The District’s previous work to reduce student opportunity based on previous educational experiences and achievement gaps has shown that when all stakeholders focus on promoting equity to close these gaps, student feelings of belonging, academic achievement, and social-emotional health increase dramatically.
     
    Educational equity ensures that the District’s decisions, policies, and practices are culturally sensitive and provide all students with access, opportunity, support, and resources. Having a clear plan of action is essential to growing knowledge, building capacity, including diverse voices, promoting accountability, implementing effective practices, producing partnerships, and eliminating barriers to learning. In order to continue to ensure equity across all facets of the District, a District 211 Equity Team is being established. This team of staff members, students, parents, and community members, will be responsible for:

    1.    Include and affirm the voices of students, staff, and families from the District community

    2.    Define the organizational priorities and practices that contribute to equity across District 211

    3.    Analyze qualitative and quantitative data to identify goals, metrics, and accountability measures to ensure high levels of equity across District 211

    4.    Create a strategic equity plan that will drive short- and long-term systematic changes and improvements for the entire community


    The core committee will provide organizational leadership to multiple sub-committees of staff members, students, parents, Board of Education liaisons, and community members, which will allow for increased participation from additional stakeholders.  Sub-committees will be organized to research, analyze, and provide recommendations on the following areas of focus:

    1.    Equitable Opportunity and Achievement

    2.    Equitable Curriculum and Instruction

    3.    Equitable Practice and Mindsets

    4.    School, Family, and Community Relationships


    The core committee will work within the following timeline:

    Phase 1: Stakeholder Engagement – beginning August 2020

    Phase 2: Research and Community Input – beginning October 2020

    Phase 3: Data Analysis and Application – following Phase 2

    Phase 4: Development of Strategic Equity Plan – drafted spring 2021

     

    The core committee will present a District 211 Strategic Equity Plan to the Board of Education at its June 2021 meeting.​

District 211 Equity Team Meetings

  • February 2021

  • January 2021

  • December 2020

  • November 12, 2020 – Board of Education Meeting, Presentation: Equity and Professional Learning

  • November 2020

  • October 26, 2020 - Board of Education, IASB Equity Training Workshop

  • October 6, 2020

  • September 1, 2020