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    Commitment to Equity

    District 65 is committed to improving educational outcomes for all children by eliminating racial predictability and inequalities in achievement. On August 29, 2016, the School Board approved the District 65 Racial and Educational Equity Statement. This statement will serve as a guidepost for our equity work district-wide and parallels the commitment and focus on racial and educational equity at Evanston Township High School and of school districts nationwide. This statement is meant to guide our work and is not an actual policy.

    To learn more about our equity work, please click on any of the links on the left-hand side of this page. 


    District 65 Racial and Educational Equity Statement

    District 65 recognizes that excellence requires a commitment to equity and to identifying and addressing practices, policies, and institutional barriers, including institutional racism, that perpetuate opportunity and achievement gaps. The district must work proactively to acknowledge racial and cultural biases, and eliminate institutional structures and practices that affect student learning and achievement. District 65 commits to:

    • Raising the achievement of all students while eliminating the racial predictability of achievement.
    • Raising the achievement of all students while eliminating the predictability of academic achievement based upon family income, Ensuring that all board members and staff examine and change educational practices, policies, and processes that contribute to and perpetuate racial disparities, and the disparities of those who have been marginalized in society by their identity, cultural, or economic status.
    • Honoring and building upon the strengths and assets of every student.
    • Providing all students with resources, opportunities and supports needed to ensure preparation for success in high school and beyond.
    • Attracting and retaining a workforce that is diverse in skills and experience and reflects the demographic diversity of our students.
    • Implementing culturally relevant teaching practices that reflect the contributions and perspectives of all people.
    • Ensuring that all board members and staff receive training that promotes an understanding of racial identity and cultural competencies, and identifies and addresses implicit and explicit biases.
    • Welcoming and engaging families as essential partners in their students’ education, school planning, and district decision making.
    • Involving community members including parents and families, civic and faith-based leadership, and the community at large, as active collaborators and problem-solvers on acknowledging and addressing racial and educational equity.

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     District 65 Racial and Educational Equity Statement

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     Declaración de Equidad racial y educativa del Distrito 65


Our Progress

  • Equity Report and Presentation by Corrie Wallace, D65 Equity Consultant

    At the May 22, 2017 School Board meeting, Corrie Wallace, District 65 Equity Consultant, presented a comprehensive update on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that have been implemented over the past year as well as the findings from the equity walks that took place in each D65 school.

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  • D65 Online Equity Survey Now Available!

    A short survey to reflect on equity in District 65 is now available online for D65 staff, families, and community members. The survey is open through March 6, 2017.

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  • Equity Walks Update

    On December 19, Corrie Wallace, Equity Consultant, provided board members with an update on the Equity Walks that are taking place in schools across the district.

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  • D65 Team Focuses on Equity

    On November 8, hundreds of faculty, staff, and administrators from schools across District 65 came together for a full day of professional learning centered on equity.

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  • District 65 Equity Walks

    Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, Equity Walks will be completed in all 18 schools in an effort to examine policies, practices, and procedures through a racial equity lens.

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