Equity in Education

What is Equity?

Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has an equal chance for success. It 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, educators strive to ensure that every child has equal opportunity for success.

Joliet Public Schools District 86 Equity Definition

Recognize, respect, value, and respond to the diverse needs of our students and community.

Commitment to Equity

The Board of School Inspectors of Joliet Public Schools District 86 believes and is committed to all students deserving and having every opportunity to reach their full potential and success personally and academically. To accomplish that goal, students will have access to rich learning experiences that provide a strong foundation of confidence that continues throughout their lives. Joliet Public Schools District 86 schools will be safe and welcoming havens where all students have the tools they need to achieve success, including skills to be socio-emotionally able to follow their chosen pathways in life after graduation, including work, college, apprenticeship, or university.

The Board of School Inspectors further believes that ensuring equity is essential for improving student achievement and promoting student and staff well-being. This is why the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Equity Blueprint for Action is critical to the future of the students we serve. The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Equity Blueprint for Action is intended to be a clear and robust plan that outlines how individual schools and communities within the school district will identify and eliminate persistent inequities in the educational system. As a community of learners, with our renewed focus on achievement and well-being, Joliet's publicly funded educational system will be fairer and more inclusive for all students, educators, and staff; regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or identity, size, gender, or any other factor related to individual identity.

Equity Learning

As a part of the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Strategic Plan, staff have engaged in continuous professional development and learning in cultural proficiency. This ensures that staff are providing student with the necessary supports, understanding, and care that is needed for success.

Tanisha Cannon, Ed.D., Chief Equity Officer