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.

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.

Celebrating Culture in the Month of May

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life. May is also Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo, is a  Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and Mariachi music performances.

May 17th - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, is a global celebration of sexual orientation and gender diversities.

May 21st - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, is a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.