- Equity in CPS
- Equity Lens
- About the Framework
This downloadable PDF includes the Equity Framework and interactive worksheets.
Dear CPS Family,
The months since the draft of the CPS Equity Framework was first shared have been unprecedented. Young people, families, and staff have faced additional hardships caused by COVID-19. Youth are leading for racial justice. The pandemic and fight for racial justice have required equity leadership from young people and adults alike. This interruption to normal has brought on new challenges and also opened new opportunities and possibilities. We have acted with swift, equity-driven responses to bridge the digital divide and ensure basic needs like nourishment are not neglected.
As adults within CPS, it is our responsibility to support young people in meeting their goals and aspirations while maintaining the momentum for change we have seen over the past four months. Even today, I can still name the educators and mentors who supported me back in high school. Throughout my career, as a neighborhood high school principal on the South Side to my current role as Chief Equity Officer for CPS, I have always had a front-row seat to the positive impact that supportive adults have on students’ experiences in school and beyond.
As part of our ongoing commitment to foster educational equity in our district, the Office of Equity is excited to share this updated Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Equity Framework. As the district engages in equity work, this framework will serve to guide CPS staff and community members as agents of change in addressing complex equity issues.
The final version of the CPS Equity Framework is the result of ongoing, thoughtful partnerships with stakeholders committed to advancing educational equity, including central and network office staff, principals, educators, parents, students, and community partners. It is important to approach this document with the understanding that there are no simple or quick solutions. This draft framework serves as a set of core values, evidence-based ideas and concepts, texts, and tools designed for people at multiple stages in their understanding of equity. Over the coming months, we will simultaneously refine and live out the framework to ensure it provides a common vision, language, and approach for driving change at every level.
Each of us has a role to play and work to do, and it will be important to apply this framework to our work in our own contexts, whether it is a district office, network, school, collaborative team, or classroom, with the shared goal of advancing equity for all students. We look forward to hearing your feedback and strengthening the framework that will serve as a source for guidance and action to transform our system and achieve educational equity for our young people.
Maurice R. Swinney, EdD
Chief Equity Officer
Chicago Public Schools