An Equity Mindset in Everything We Do
I strongly believe that equity can’t be separated out from the other issue areas I’m highlighting in my campaign: it’s a mindset that should inform everything we do, not an initiative that’s off to the side.
The word “equity” means different things to different people, so I want to be clear about how I understand equity. For me, it involves opportunity, inclusivity, and individual fit.
Opportunity: All students have access to excellent, well-resourced schools staffed with teachers and school leaders who value their strengths and understand their needs. No student, group, or school community is expected to “make do” with less resources, privilege and influence than others have--and we must actively dismantle policies and practices that perpetuate disadvantage.
Inclusivity: We welcome and value all students, staff, and families. Every student feels safe, connected, loved, and trusted. Students see themselves reflected in the curriculum and school staffing in more than a token way, and the activities and traditions of the school community reflect the identities and lived experiences of families.
Individual Fit: Finding the right level of support and challenge for each student is part art, part science--but not impossible. We’ve got to let go of products and practices that promise differentiation but don’t really deliver, and learn from schools and systems that are getting this right.
As a School Board member, I will: