September/October 2020

September/October 2020

Leadership Letter
The Journey Towards Equity

By Thomas E. Bertrand
Educational Equity Resources from IASB


Legal Matters
From a Distance: The Legislature Addresses Remote Board Meetings Held During a Public Health Emergency

By Debra Jacobson

Guidance to Public Bodies on the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Updated July 2, 2020

Ten Ways School Boards Can Champion Racial Equity

By Pat Savage-Williams

Samples of the equity statements developed by Evanston THSD 202 has developed can be found on the district’s website.

Resources and Tools
Watch (streaming availability may change)

13th (Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Prime Video)
Do the Right Thing (Amazon Prime Video)
LA 92 (Netflix)
Whose Streets? (Hulu)
Crime+Punishment (Hulu)
Freedom Writers (Netflix)
Get Out
Just Mercy

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn Singleton
Despite the Best Intentions by John Diamond & Amanda Lewis
How to be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Prejudice and Your Child by Kenneth Clark
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
What Does It Mean to be White? by Robin DiAngelo
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Why Do All the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color by Kimberl├ę Williams Crenshaw
Detour-Spotting for White Anti-Racists by Jona Olsson

Talk to your children regarding racism/race. Find age-appropriate ways to have this discussion. For example:
How to Not Accidentally Raise a Racist
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration or the National Memorial for Peace & Justice in Montgomery, Alabama
Watch and Listen
Brave New Films: White Riots vs. Black Protests— Notice how the media treats black protesters and white rioters differently (3 minutes)
Aamer Rahman: Fear of a Brown Planet (Reverse Racism)
Mellody Hobson: Color Blind or Color Brave? — A TED Talk
Lee Mun Wah: The Secret to Changing the World
Debby Irving: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Kimberle Crenshaw: The Urgency of Intersectionality — A TED Talk
Jacqueline Battalora: Birth of a White Nation — Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)
Chimamanda Adiche: The Danger of a Single Story — A TED Talk which offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is.
Verna Myers: How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them — A TED Talk that encourages us to work vigorously to counterbalance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear.
Norma Johnson: A Poem for My White Friends: I Didn’t Tell You — Ever wonder what a day in the life of a person of color is like? Listen to this poem, written and spoken by Norma Johnson. (7 minutes)
What Kind of Asian Are You? — Humorous two-minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans.
White Bred — Excellent quick intro to how white supremacy shapes white lives and perception. (5 minutes)
True Colors: ABC Primetime Live — PrimeTime Live Diane Sawyer’s 1991 episode depicting daily life for a black American in contrast to a white American. (7 minutes)
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs — An Adam Ruins Everything episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be (6 minutes)
Racism is Real — A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white/black lived experience. (3 minutes)
When They See Us (Trailer)
Other Resources
CNN: A guide to how you can support marginalized communities
Dismantling A Culture of Violence: Understanding Anti-Transgender Violence and Ending the Crisis.
An interview with Robin DiAngelo author of What Does it Mean to be White and White Fragility (YouTube Video)

What’s on the Table? Illinois Has a Teacher Diversity Shortage, Too

By Joshua Kaufman with Rachel Brick, Anita Thawani Bucio, Charity Freeman, Victor Iwolu, and Arnetta Thompson

Teach Plus: Equity And Diversity By Design: Recommendations On Recruiting And Retaining Teachers Of Color In Illinois
Learning Policy Institute: Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color
Learning Policy Institute: Teachers of Color: In High Demand and Short Supply
ISBE: Teach Illinois Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms

Supporting English Learners during COVID-19

By Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro and Karen Garibay-Mulattieri

The recommendations are intended to supplement the remote learning guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education with fuller consideration for supporting linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Illinois School Report Card 2018. Accessed on December 12, 2018:
ISBE SY2017 EL Data Request.
Social Impact Research Center. Heartland Alliance. Accessed on December 12, 2018
New America. (2015). Differences in Hispanic-Latino Families' Access to and Use of Educational Media [Blog Post]. Accessed on July 28, 2020:
New America. (2015). Differences in Hispanic-Latino Families' Access to and Use of Educational Media [Blog Post]. Accessed on July 28, 2020
Garcia, A. (2020).  “School Reopenings: Key Considerations for Supporting English Learners.”  Accessed on July 28, 2020:


Swing Away: Why Equity Matters for All Students, Schools, and Communities

Commentary Mark D. Hansen, Ed.D.

Thinking Maps: Equity in Education: What it Is and Why it Matters

“A citizen cannot maintain both ignorance and freedom;
The education of all Americans should be paid for, controlled and maintained by the public;
This education should be provided in schools that embrace children from all backgrounds;
It must be nonsectarian;
It must be taught using tenets of a free society; and
It must be provided by well-trained, professional teachers”
Biography: Horace Mann

Anti-Racist Work in Schools: Are You in it for the Long Haul?

Commentary by Elizabeth Kleinrock,

What if We… Don’t Return to School as Usual

Commentary by Hugh Vasquez, Senior Associate, National Equity Project