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We are continuing our listening campaign to co-design equity policy implementation supports.

Equity Policy Mission Statement

The Office of Equity supports policy revision efforts in CPS to ensure that an equity lens and community voice are operationalized in all decision-making and system redesign.

In Spring 2019, CPS engaged in an initial comprehensive review of all existing Board Policies with a focus on equity.

Equitable Policy and Finance Strategy Feedback

We recognize students and families are actively showing up to advocate for equitable learning environments while continuing to navigate the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice. The CPS Office of Equity engaged over 3000 stakeholders, including an one year equity audit and listening campaign with community-based organizations, a focus group series, a public survey, BIPOC town halls, and an empathy interview series.

Opportunities to get involved in CPS policy redesign

In SY22, the CPS Office of Equity will host monthly community meetings to co-construct more equitable policies, finance strategies and implementation supports in the context of COVID-19 and racial injustice. If you are interested in participating in one of the opportunities, please complete this 5-10 minute nomination form and we will be in contact.

Listening Campaign

February - July, 2022

Listening campaigns sustain curiosity and avoid jumping to solutions by holding issues up in complexity while prioritizing race and equity. Join the Office of Equity for a series of meetings to discuss redesigning policies and finance strategies to better reflect the CPS Equity Framework.

March 8 April 6

Student Design Labs

February - July, 2022

Are you a current CPS student who would like to co-design more equitable learning environments focused on belonging and liberation? Current CPS students will be able to collaborate with their peers to develop strategies to implement future CPS equity policies.

April 19 May 10

BIPOC Town Halls

March - August, 2022

BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Building on our SY21 BIPOC Town Hall series, these meetings will bring diverse stakeholders together to operationalize the CPS Equity Framework through inclusive partnerships.

Dates to be announced

Current Chicago Board of Education Policies

Equity Policy Revisions

Two of the district’s board policies are under review by the Office of Equity. We are seeking community collaboration to help inform these policy revisions. With your input, we will define cultural relevance, apply an equity lens, and plan for instructional shifts to disrupt predictability in academic achievement differences. We will also create precedent for auditing CPS environments to ensure cultural responsiveness from wall-to-wall in the school district.

CRED Policy Naming or Renaming Policy

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Equity Policy Revisions

Two of the district’s board policies are under review by the Office of Equity. We are seeking community collaboration to help inform these policy revisions. With your input, we will define cultural relevance, apply an equity lens, and plan for instructional shifts to disrupt predictability in academic achievement differences. We will also create precedent for auditing CPS environments to ensure cultural responsiveness from wall-to-wall in the school district.

CRED Policy Naming or Renaming Policy

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Board Policies

As part of the School Board Policy Review process initiated in 2019, all Board Policies are revised with an equity lens and supported by the Office of Equity. For more information about our Board Policies revisions and feedback opportunities, please visit Proposed Policies or Rule Changes Open for Public Comment.

View Policies for Public Comment

Advancing Racial Equity

A racial equity lens always asks the question: how will this shift in practice affect the lived experiences of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all students of color? If the answer is it will negatively affect them or contribute to accumulated burden, we need to redesign the policy or practice. In designing or redesigning policies and practices, we must ensure our students and communities of color, and especially those most impacted by inequity, are at the table to co- create solutions.

More About Racial Equity

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Advancing Racial Equity

A racial equity lens always asks the question: how will this shift in practice affect the lived experiences of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all students of color? If the answer is it will negatively affect them or contribute to accumulated burden, we need to redesign the policy or practice. In designing or redesigning policies and practices, we must ensure our students and communities of color, and especially those most impacted by inequity, are at the table to co- create solutions.

More About Racial Equity

Accommodation Requests

Do you have ideas about how we can better accommodate CPS stakeholders in our community engagement (Inclusive Partnerships) efforts related to policy and finance redesign strategies ? If there are specific accommodations requests, please share with us at equity@cps.edu.

Partners

Our Offices are partnering closely with several Chicago-based organizations who focus on creating equity across Chicago Public Schools. Organizations include:

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Educators for Excellence Chicago Logo

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Mission

The Equity Office develops, supports, implements, and reports on district efforts to eliminate the opportunity gaps in education quality, policies, and supports for students and adults.

CPS 5 Year Vision

CPS’ Equity Framework will address primary drivers of equity across four areas: organizations and structures, policy and advocacy, adults, and students. We know that to truly address the inequities, it takes a comprehensive and multi-pronged approach. We have started a top-to-bottom policy review to ensure our policies align with our values...And, it means our decisions need to reflect equity through and through.

CPS 5 Year Vision (2019–2024)

Equity Policy Mission

In Spring 2019, CPS engaged in an initial comprehensive review of all existing Board Policies with a focus on equity.

The Office of Equity supports policy revision efforts in CPS and ensures an equity lens, community voice, and system redesign in all decisions toward race and social indicators no longer predicting education and life outcomes.

Our work focuses on Fair Policies and Systems, one of the dimensions of the CPS Equity Framework, and we believe all dimensions of the equity lens—Liberatory Thinking, Inclusive Partnerships, and Resource Equity—must operate together. Inclusive Partnerships requires our stakeholders voices are factored into decisions to equitably support communities historically and presently most impacted by structural racism and systemic oppression.