- Equity in CPS
- Equity Lens
- About the Framework
This downloadable PDF includes the Equity Framework and interactive worksheets.
Dear CPS Family,
Our district’s commitment to racial equity in education is more important now than ever before. Since we released the first draft of the CPS Equity Framework in November 2019, we had to develop an entirely new approach to educating our children in the midst of a public health crisis. We also worked through feelings of anger and heartbreak after being reminded of the racism that still pervades our society. As the leader of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), but more importantly as a parent of a CPS student, I have been incredibly proud of our district’s resilience in responding to these challenging circumstances.
We continue to grow because we do more than educate our students—we take the time to educate ourselves and each other. This final version of the CPS Equity Framework will be our guide to transform education in Chicago by ensuring that every student in every neighborhood has the resources they need to succeed academically and socially.
This framework starts by championing each student’s individuality and connecting them with culturally relevant opportunities that reflect their interests and aspirations. In order to reach their full academic potential, we’re committed to ensuring that students who need additional support to access these opportunities will receive them. Offering this support has been crucial during the pandemic. Equity has been at the forefront of our district-wide initiatives that provide meals, devices, and high-speed internet access to reduce the opportunity gaps keeping our most vulnerable students from growing academically while learning at home.
While I’m proud of the work we have accomplished so far, there is work ahead. We need to continue identifying ways to create fairer policies, dismantle oppressive systems, and cultivate more inclusive partnerships that engage and support every member of our CPS family.
Equity is not only a guiding principle for our short-term plans; it is woven throughout our Five-Year Vision and impacts the future of CPS. Our Vision’s student-centered core values have driven us to expand proven academic programs across the city, provide millions of dollars in equity grants for high-need schools, and create the Curriculum Equity Initiative to increase access to high-quality instructional resources.
Principals and teachers will be empowered to identify areas of growth within their schools and implement data-driven practices to help students excel in the classroom. The Equity Framework will support them as they collaborate to amplify student voices, create culturally sensitive learning environments, and remove barriers for marginalized student groups. Our schools are already dynamic parts of their surrounding communities, and these shifts will only further their impact.
I continue to believe that CPS is a district on the rise and our remarkable academic progress is stronger than a pandemic or any other obstacle that may stand in our way. With equity at the heart of our district’s vision for the future, we will press on toward our mission of providing our future leaders with the world-class education that they deserve.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools