Achievement Gap


On January 25, 2016, a kickoff meeting took place with the initial committee to discuss any and all achievement gaps within Community High School District 117. See the agenda and Educational Leadership article artifacts to catch up on this goal's progress.

On January 24, 2017, Dr. Hubbard and Mr. Hickey (ACHS) met regarding the Equity Committee and discussed direction, data, and focus for upcoming meetings and work.

On January 31, 2017, Dr. Hubbard, Ms. Bachert, and Mr. Hickey met to discuss Equity Committee membership and invites. Additionally, the group developed a working agenda for the Committee's upcoming meeting.

On March 3, 2017, the full Equity Committee met. The group discussed the purpose of the Equity Committee and started the language for a mission/vision statement for the work. The Committee read and discussed Mica Pollock's article, 'Talking Precisely about Equal Opportunity.' Finally, the committed discussed upcoming professional development opportunities, including a desire to bring Andrea Johnson (D113 Equity Coordinator and Courageous Conversations Facilitator) to D117 for work with our team.

On April 20, 2017, Andrea Johnson (D113 Equity Coordinator and Courageous Conversations Facilitator) spent three hours with the D117 Equity Committee. She took the group through some of the Beyond Diversity I workshop, explained 'equity literacy,' helped facilitate the development of a working definition of 'equity' for D117, and framed the work of a committee like the one formed in D117. Ms. Johnson provided readings, book suggestions, discussion opportunities, other content, and professional development training opportunities to consider.

On May 15, 2017, the full Equity Committee met. After debriefing the workshop from April 20, the committee worked on fleshing out a mission/vision statement and refining the working definition of equity. After sharing resources and debriefing small group work, participants for the upcoming Courageous Conversations Regional Summit (June 23, 24) were solicited. The finalized definition for equity and mission of the committee will be presented at the first full meeting in the 17-18 school year.

On June 23, 24, 2017, Dr. Hubbard, Ms. Bargar, Mr. Hickey, Ms. Bachert, and Ms. Morales attended Pacific Education Group's Courageous Conversations Regional Summit at Northwestern University. All five attendees participated in the 2-day workshop, Beyond Diversity I.

From October 14-18, 2017, Dr. Hubbard, Ms. Bachert, Ms. Morales, and Mr. Hickey attended Pacific Education Group's Courageous Conversations National Summit in Detroit, MI. Dr. Hubbard, Mr. Hickey, and Ms. Bachert participated in the 2-day workshop, Beyond Diversity II. Throughout the rest of the conference, attendees participated in various sessions around the ideas of equity, access, opportunity, achievement, race, gender, and education.

On November 30, 2017, the full Equity Committee met. After reflecting on an equity video that was viewed prior to the meeting, the team finalized language for its mission: 'Decrease the predictability of a CHSD117 student's access, opportunity, achievement, and/or success based upon any demographic feature or indicator.' The group did think-pair-share activities with an image and some CHSD117 data. Future steps discussed and future meeting dates set.

On January 31, 2018, the full Equity Committee met. After reflecting on a video that explains equity through the lens of a race for $100, we continued our discussion about the mission statement of our committee. Additional work will be done on the language and more discussion will be had in February. After discussions about the status of the District's EOS work (AP access and opportunity), we talked about belonging and mindset (student and staff), in depth. Finally, committee members were asked to come to February's meeting prepared to talk about specific "tasks" or work they want to do/start/engage in, in addition to what the "desired outcomes" of that work might be.

On February 28, 2018, the full Equity Committee met. After reflecting on a video regarding race language, we continued the discussion regarding the semantics of the mission statement of the committee. Some adjustments were made and will be reviewed again on April 25. The team had a robust discussion about the direction and work of the committee. Ultimately, three subcommittees were formed: Student Voice; Data; Staff PD/Training. In lieu of the March 21, 2018 meeting, the subcommittees will meet. Each committee will report out during the April 25, 2018 full committee meeting.

On May 16, 2018, the full Equity Committee met. After finalizing the Equity Committee Mission Statement, each subcommittee reported on their work over the past 2 months. Data, Professional Development, and Student Voice share their findings, work, and areas for future focus. The group developed a list of next steps and future work. April's meeting had been canceled due to some circumstances the need immediate attention by members of the equity committee.

On August 27, 2018, the full Equity Committee met. We reviewed our norms and mission statement prior to providing updates on the purpose and work of the three subcommittees. We went over the take-aways from the end of last year and identified the initial work to be done this year. Data will collect student belonging data so that we can create a SMART goal tied to our outcomes. Student Voice will meet with students and develop a vision/plan for their work this school year - student-led. A PD opportunity was shared and future meeting dates were agreed upon. Both school provided updates on SEL pilots, as well.

On October 3, 2018, the full Equity Committee met. We were given update on the sub-committee work that was done by the data and the student voice sub-committees. Data brought some numbers with respect to student-belonging and the LCHS SEL pilot. The student voice groups from the respective schools gave update on their meetings and the wishes of their students to be part of the professional learning we are putting together. We concluded by making plans for a working meeting on November 7 to tackle 3 identified tasks.

On November 7, 2018, the Equity Committee met and included some student representatives. Three subcommittees were formed and the meeting turned into a working session on: data/belongingness/goals, student voice work, and mission statement definitions/measurement/monitoring. The three subcommittees reconvened at the end of the meeting to provide updates and next steps were determined.

On December 5, 2018, the Equity Committee met and began with a discussion on the definitions, data collection, and progress monitoring of 5 actionable words in the Mission Statement of the group. Updates were presented from each school's student voice group and we brainstormed ways of continuing to support this work. Finally, we discussed time that has been allocated to the committee on the March 1 Institute Day. Ideas we discussed related to a speaker, format, and follow up.