- Equity in CPS
- Equity Lens
- About the Framework
This downloadable PDF includes the Equity Framework and interactive worksheets.
Adopt a new way of seeing
To become a more equitable school district, we must adopt a new way of understanding the work of equity. Shifting from a historical education lens that upholds structural racism to an equity lens that creates fair access and opportunities for all requires a theory of change for re-imagining what our district could look like and do.
- Engages in conversations about others’ limited abilities.
- Prioritizes voices of loudest & powerful.
- Allocates resources based on potential highest # of students impacted in school.
- Creates barriers by setting criteria
to access opportunity.
- Engages in conversations that create fairness, liberation, no matter background.
- Prioritizes least served & under- represented group(s).
- Allocates resources based on greatest needs of schools & student groups in schools.
- Creates opportunity by eliminating barriers that inhibit access.
Four Dimensions of an Equity Lens
The dimensions of the equity lens provide a descriptive, conceptual understanding of what equity work requires of individuals and groups, and how we can think and act in service of our students, especially those most impacted by inequity and historically underserved.
The equity lens is an important tool because it helps us create the conditions that enable students to advance toward the universal goal.
The lens questions and unpacks the current situation, and reimagines it in a supportive and inclusive way that prioritizes those who are furthest from opportunity.
An equity lens using targeted universalism will help each of our schools and administrative offices have a clearer understanding of the student groups they are serving. Each of us must analyze, reflect, and strengthen our practices in these areas to better serve our students.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
(Use) Liberatory Thinking
The reimagining of one’s assumptions and beliefs about others and their capabilities by interrupting internal beliefs that undermine productive relationships and actions.
(Catalyze) Inclusive Partnerships
Bring together and engage diverse individuals from educational institutions, communities, caregivers, and families to collectively create solutions and build trust that mitigate or solve complicated or complex problems.
(Direct) Resource Equity
Create equitable student experiences in learning-ready environments and consistently prioritize and allocate people, time, and money to align with levels of need and opportunity.
(Design) Fair Policies & Systems
Promote equitable opportunities to reach equal positive academic and socioemotional outcomes for all student and stakeholder groups with an emphasis on those who are most impacted by structural inequality and inequity.