Equity in Education


Five Fun Facts About Pride Month

  1. June has been marked as Pride month since 1970.
  2. The first gay pride parade took place in Chicago, IL.
  3. June 1, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month: "During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us."
  4. The first transgender march took place in 2004 in San Francisco, CA.
  5. Gilbert Baker created the Pride flag in 1978.

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.

Our Student Leadership Team incorporates students from all four Junior High Schools and engages them on being culturally diverse and equitable leaders among their peers.


What does Juneteenth celebrate?

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.

When is Juneteenth celebrated?

June 19th

Who celebrates this day?

The day is celebrated in the United States mostly by African-Americans. It is most celebrated in the state of Texas where it has been an official state holiday since 1980. Many other states recognize the day as either an official holiday or observance.

What do people do to celebrate?

There are a number of different ways that people celebrate the day, including prades, marches, and barbeques. Many people get together for ceremonies that include public service awards, prayer, and the raising of the Juneteenth Flag.

Government and educational facilities will often have programs or information regarding the history of the holiday and the Emancipation Proclamation. It's also a time for African-Americans to celebrate their heritage.

History of Juneteenth

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until the Union army was able to come in and take over. On June 18, 1865, the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas. The next day, June 19th, General Gordon Granger announced that the slaves in Texas were free by order of the president of the United States.

The former slaves in galveston celebrated the day that they were set free. The first Juneteenth celebration took place the very next year.

The annual celebration began to spread throughout Texas and surrounding states. However, it became less popular in the early 1900's. It became popular once again in the 1950's and 1960's. In 1980 it became an official state holiday in Texas. There is currently a movement to get the day recognized on a national level.

Fun Facts About Juneteenth

  • It is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.
  • Juneteenth is the title of a book by author Ralph Ellison. Other books by Carolyn Meyer and Ann Rinaldi also center around the day.
  • Some cities and groups have Miss Juneteenth contests.
  • Strawberry soda pop was once a popular drink associated with celebrating the day.
  • There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom. It is half red and half blue with a star in the middle. Each year a Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony is held in Galveston.