IASB Summer Equity InstituteIASB and school districts throughout the state hosted the Summer Equity Institute webinar series in June, July, and August of 2022. The four-part series featured a diverse selection of districts that shared their educational equity journeys addressing issues such as budgeting, community involvement, policies and procedures, teaching and learning, student programming and support, and leadership.
Participants of the Summer Equity Institute received one point in Board Leader Recognition Program for each webinar attended. Those who attended and took the equity questionnaire also received the new Equity Influencer Certificate.
June 29, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.
CHSD 230 is a diverse community with three large, public high schools (Carl Sandburg, Amos Alonzo Stagg, and Victor J. Andrew) located in south suburban Chicago. As with many communities, District 230 made a conscious decision several years ago to embrace the diversity within the community through study, active engagement, student programs, inclusion of stakeholders, and, eventually, creating a sense of purpose around how to address equity and diversity to the benefit of all students. Watch Superintendent Robert Nolting discuss how the district began with an honest "data dive" and how that led to experiences, initiatives, and continued focus through the Strategic Planning process.
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July 14, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.
Evanston/Skokie SD 65 is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan and just north of Chicago. The district is a PK to eighth-grade public school district serving more than 7,000 students from Evanston and a neighboring section of Skokie. The district represents a wide range of ethnic, economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. The D65 equity journey has included creating the Equity and Family and Community Engagement program that consists of building equitable relationships and creating equity teams that include stakeholders. The district pursues student achievement in a variety of ways including the creation of family groups, legal clinics for families, temporary housing programs, and more. Hear more about their equity journey, challenges they have faced along the way, and how they overcame them.
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Park Forest Chicago Heights SD 163 is located in the south suburbs of Chicago and includes six schools with a student population of nearly 1,600. The district is beginning its equity journey and has started implementing programs that have a strong impact on school communities. These programs include addressing teacher pedagogy and its connection to equitable instruction through staff book talks and coaching. The district is also creating and extending community programming that includes a parent university, job fairs, summer mentoring for students, and more.
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The final Summer Equity Institute webinar featured three districts speaking to unique issues that affect larger school districts that serve thousands of students and bigger communities. This panel discussion featured representatives from Joliet PSD 86, Peoria SD 150, and Champaign CUSD 4 – all of which are making BIG moves in their equity journeys, including the adoption of anti-racism resolutions, implementing calming spaces and flexible learning environments for students, and the institutionalization of cultural knowledge for all. The panel answered questions, while showcasing equity initiatives unique to their districts and their student populations.
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IASB webinars are recorded and available for on-demand viewing free of charge to Association members. An IASB member login is required to view Archived Webinars.