Equity Training for All D91 Staff Members Fall 2019
On Tuesday, August 20th and Wednesday, August 21st, District 91 conducted equity training for all its staff members. The equity training is part of an ongoing collaboration with the National Equity Project (NEP) based out of Oakland California. Over the two days, NEP facilitators took participants through a series of special group exercises designed to develop strategies focusing on issues of inequity including culture, race and different ability as they pertained to personal bias, classroom practices, and school and district structures. On Day 2, participants worked on specific equity-related tactics for their schools. Going forward, each school will have its own Equity Team and will continue training throughout the year as part of their professional development.
NEP Vision Statement
We believe that every child has the right to a quality education, and we support people to become leaders who make good on that promise.
NEP Mission Statement
- Our mission is to dramatically improve educational experiences, outcomes, and life options for students and families who have been historically underserved by their schools and district.
- We work to build culture, conditions, and competencies for excellence and equity in districts, schools, classroom, non-profits, and communities. We work with partners across the U.S. and are always seeking new partners who are committed to achieving equity in education.
- We offer deep, authentic, and supportive partnership, meeting our clients where they are through a range of customized coaching and consulting services.
What NEP Offers District 91
The NEP possesses deep expertise in educational theory, pedagogy, cultural competency, racial justice and facilitation and mediation. We have a solid infrastructure, built and supported by inspired, super-competent leadership, a leadership that is diverse, forward-thinking, non-hierarchial - modeling the best of what District 91 wants in their schools.
Forest Park School District 91 - Equity Imperative
Recognizing that systemic bias has plagued our educational system, we commit to nurturing dialogue around all issues of inequity, including culture, race, faith, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and different ability, as they pertain to classroom practices, school and district structures, and policies and procedures. We support actions removing barriers to opportunities that allow children to reach their full potential. Given this imperative, the District 91 Board of Education will:
- Ensure that all board decisions consider disparities of those who have been marginalized in society;
- Require the evaluation of the impact of all proposed programs, systems, curriculum, and instructional methods on marginalized groups and individuals;
- Provide students with equitable resources, opportunities and supports;
- Promote practices that attract and retain a qualified workforce, diverse in experiences, reflecting the demographic diversity of our students;
- Ensure board members and staff receive training promoting an understanding of racial identity and cultural competencies, identifying and addressing implicit and explicit biases;
- Provide a variety of opportunities to involve our diverse community members as active collaborators to ensure that all constituents can be involved and are welcomed to do so; and
- Acknowledge and address possible inequities when adopting all board policies.