Equity in GISD
What is Equity?
Equity means every learner is inspired and empowered to fully develop their individual talents, gifts, and academic and social potential, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, language, ability, family income, sexual orientation, or any other social factor.
Developing and nurturing a true sense of empowerment and belonging for every learner; examining biases and interrupting inequitable practices; and ensuring equally high expectations and outcomes for every learner.
Evidence of Equity
Success in equity work is evidenced by reducing or eliminating *predictable disparities in learner experiences and outcomes based on students’ demographic identities.
*Predictable because data trends reflect that the educational system in its current state has historically and repeatedly marginalized certain student groups.
“Inequitable systems were not created by accident and they will not be undone by chance. New, liberating systems must be designed with conscious intention and a shared vision for a desired future state.”
-National Equity Project
Our Equity Planning Process
What does it mean to be a "learning organization," a term coined by organizational leadership expert Peter Senge in 1990 and adapted to fit the needs of school systems by Phillip Schlechty, school reform advocate and founder of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform? How does aspiring to be a learning organization shape the way we view accountability and equity?
What is the relationship between the Community Equity Design Team and the school district’s equity-focused strategic planning efforts? What is the timeline for these efforts?
Building Our Vocabulary
Leading Equity Podcast: 4 Things to Consider in the Pursuit of Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms
Dr. Amy Samuels, assistant professor at Alabama's Montevallo University, joins Dr. Sheldon Eakins of the Leading Equity Center to discuss how to become more culturally responsive in the podcast, Four Things to Consider in the Pursuit of Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms.