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Our work toward equity began with the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group In the spring of 2017. The purpose of the working group was to serve as a District-wide entity to respond to issues related to diversity and inclusion and to liaise with a parent/community organization that formed in response to an abhorrent incident of racial intolerance that occurred at Huntley High School.

In planning for the 2018-2019 school year, it was determined that a diversity needs assessment would be a crucial step in driving follow-up professional development for our certified and non-certified staff. The purpose of assessing the current reality of diversity and equity in District 158 was to help our District prevent issues in the future, rather than simply respond to issues as they arose.

Throughout the 2019-20 school year, the Equity Action Coalition, a team of 25 volunteers from the staff, administration, parents, and community members, worked to create the District’s guiding Equity Plan. The plan was approved by the Board of Education in June 2020 to guide the District’s next several years of work toward equity for all students.

The Coalition will continue to work as an advisory and action-taking group, implementing many special components of the plan.

To learn more, read the Action Plan.