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Inclusiveness and Equity

As our world becomes more global and our communities more diverse, it is incumbent on District 90 to prepare all our students for the multicultural world that awaits them. The social science research is clear: diverse and inclusive classrooms, faculty, and workplaces benefit all children both academically and social-emotionally.

District 90 is undertaking a coordinated and complementary approach to the issues of diversity, inclusiveness, and educational equity. Both the Inclusiveness Advisory Board (IAB) and the Board of Education’s Equity Committee are tasked with making the District intentionally inclusive and educationally equitable. However, both groups have distinct responsibilities. The IAB has been charged with developing a better understanding about issues of diversity and inclusiveness within the District 90 school community, as a whole. While the Board of Education’s Equity Committee will be investigating educational equity as it relates to the student performance gap across a variety of diversity dimensions. Based on the work of both groups, the District will be considering additional initiatives to improve inclusiveness and equity in areas such as professional development, community outreach, and instructional practices.

The following information about the Inclusiveness Advisory Board and the Board of Education’s Equity Committee illustrates some of these efforts and provides information about additional resources that can help everyone become intentionally inclusive.

District 90's Vision for Equity

To ensure that every student feels empowered to achieve to his or her full potential, we commit to provide equitable opportunities for all learners, grow an inclusive school community, and demonstrate we value diversity.

Gender Equity and Inclusiveness

As part of our efforts to promote inclusiveness and equity for all students, about 14 months ago the Board of Education created the Ad Hoc Gender Inclusiveness Committee to support the equal opportunity and inclusion for transgender and gender expansive students. The policy of the Board of Education has been revised to reflect this effort, along with the Administrative Procedures that support the policy. Please click the links to view the Board Policy 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities and the Administrative Procedure 7:10 Accommodating Transgender and Gender Expansive Students

The Purpose of the Inclusiveness Advisory Board (IAB) and the Board of Education Equity Committee

IAB Members

Nausheen Akhter
Heather Brauckman
Kim Briggs
Phillip Buta
Victoria Bynum
Peter Chien
U-Jong Choe
Ed Condon
Cal Davis
Rashida Dairyko
Rebecca DeGroff
Ron Dubois
Blaire Goldstein
Casey Godfrey
Sarah Hampson

Alison Hawley
Gina Hardy
Melissa Healy
Lynda Holliday
Liz Huber
Allison Jack
Patti Marino
Denise Matthews
Jon McCoy
Suzanne McLeese
Janeice Millon
Kathy Muller
Kelly O'Keefe
Kathleen Osta
Marcia Preston

Roshni Ricchetti
Mandy Ross
Rnee Sichlau
Dawne Simmons
Eric Simon
Kristin Sneeringer
Louisa Starr
Deb Steiner
Lori Suzuki
Respicio Vazquez
Danielle Watkins
Deb Wolkstein
Tara Zinger

Equity Committee Members

Laura Hardwicke
Kathleen Fleming
Barbara Stoldt
Stacey Williams
Ed Condon*
 
*Key Contacts
 

IAB Schedule of Meetings (2019-20)

  • January 15, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • May 13, 2020

Equity Committee Meetings (2016-17)

  • October 17, 2017
  • April 19, 2017
  • January 24, 2017
  • October 25, 2016

IAB Events and Activities

  • District 90's Inclusiveness Survey (see below for results)
  • District 90 and ADL Hold Anti-bias Workshop

District 90 Advisory Board Ground Rules

Click here to review the IAB Ground Rules

IAB and Accomplishments 2016

Click here to review the 2016 Accomplishments of the IAB

Definitions

Addressing the issues of diversity, inclusion and equity requires a common understanding of the terms and issues. Diversity and inclusiveness have many definitions depending on the organization, industry, objectives, and their values. The definitions below represent the manner in which District 90 intends to develop a common language to address the subjects. Click here to view District 90's definitions for diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

Inclusiveness Survey

The results of District 90’s recent Inclusiveness Survey are below. The survey was commissioned by the District’s Inclusiveness Advisory Board (IAB), comprised of a group of parents, faculty and staff, administrators, Board of Education members, and community members. The IAB has been working to better understand issues of equity and diversity within the District 90 school community and to ascertain how the District’s policies, practices, and procedures affect individuals’ experiences and the current school climate. To view the survey results, click on the links below. 

2019 Student Inclusiveness Survey        2017 Student Inclusiveness Survey        2015 Student Inclusiveness Survey 

2019 Parent Inclusiveness Survey          2017 Parent Inclusiveness Survey           2015 Parent Inclusiveness Survey

2019 Staff Inclusiveness Survey              2017 Staff Inclusiveness Survey              2015 Staff Inclusiveness Survey

More information and resources about Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Educational Equity:

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