ECSD Equity Framework

Vision

Eagle County Schools provides inclusive and respectful environments to promote equitable access, opportunity, and outcomes for all students regardless of background. All students and staff, across all identities, feel valued, engage at deeper levels, and achieve at higher levels without compromising who they are.

In ECSD Equity is…

  • A way of thinking about everything we do to ensure that every child gets what they need in our schools, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, who their parents are, or what they show up knowing or not knowing. 
  • An effort to ensure that every child has the skills and tools to be college, career, and culture ready in order to function in a pluralistic, democratic society.

In ECSD, Equity isn’t...

  • About placing blame or shame on any group or individual.
  • Intended to create division or animosity.
  • About redlining history or rewriting the past.
  • About cancelling anyone’s beliefs or feelings.

Areas of Focus

Awareness
We strive to increase awareness of how our practices impact different populations and refine our systems in order to create inclusive systems and practices.

Diverse Voice and Leadership
Diverse student, family, educator, community partner, and administrator representatives share responsibility in the direction of the district and have a voice in decision making.

Culturally Responsive Practices
Teachers and staff create environments that build a sense of belonging for all. We utilize teaching practices that honor individual experiences and needs so all students build capacity to do rigorous work.

Practical Application

Grading Practices
Grading communicates to students and their parents exactly where they are academically and what they need to be successful. Grading practices promote aspirational thinking of what students are capable of achieving, regardless of background.

Youth Voice
ECSD prioritizes student involvement in decision making relevant to their education.  We seek to make decisions with students, not only for students.  Student voice increases engagement, and prepares students for a world in which initiative and leadership are paramount to success.

Sense of Belonging for All Staff and Students
Students and staff across all identities feel valued, engage at deeper levels, and achieve at higher levels without giving up who they are. Learning environments are rooted in respect, kindness, and fairness.

Roles and Responsibilities

Equity Coordinator - Tia Luck

  • Set ambitious and realistic goals related to equitable opportunities and outcomes.
  • Identify resources to support the work.
  • Train and collaborate with district and school leaders, and school level staff.
  • Involve students in the process of creating more welcoming learning environments.
  • Empower student involvement in decision making across the district.
  • Monitor and report progress on equity goals. 

School Equity Team Members

  • Engage and inspire individuals to progress in their own cultural proficiency
  • Collaboratively determine and address equity challenges in your school and community
  • Uplift and prioritize youth voice in decision making
  • Provide transformational coaching to colleagues

References

  • Joe Feldman, Grading for Equity
  • Building Equitable Learning Environments Network
  • Gary Howard, You Can’t Lead Where You Won’t Go
  • Benner, Brown, and Jeffre, Elevating Student Voice in Education