As the number of minority and low-income students have increased significantly in District 203, their community is asking, how can they ensure success for all students.
“We recognize that the things we need to do in our classroom are different than they were ten years ago so when we talked to our diversity council, they suggested we engaged with the community outside the district and get them in on a conversation,” said Superintendent Dan Bridges.
So the district held an equity and excellence workshop at Madison Jr. High School, featuring Dr. Edwin Lou Javius as the keynote speaker.
Javius has written a number of articles on closing an achievement gap that exists for students of different races or socioeconomic statuses.
He says as diversity in one of the top school districts in the country grows, so must we.
“One of the nemesis of being great is thinking that you’re good,” said Javius. “So having this whole idea of having this call to action to say, ‘How do we get to a level of greatness for all kids?’”
Superintendent Bridges hopes the discussion is just a beginning and will inspire the community to continue address the topic.
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