On Thursday, June 10, approximately 30 community members including parents, educators, School Board members, and Village Board members participated in the fourth Integrated Comprehensive Systems (ICS) Equity Ally Academy Workshop. This meeting was the last of a four-part series which will help support the work the District is doing with ICS. The goals of the ICS Equity Ally Academy are to:
- Learn more about the Shorewood School District’s Equity work
- Learn how to support the district’s efforts-as an ally
- Learn how to advance equity in your community spaces (e.g., home, work, church, community)
During the fourth session, participants learned about the importance of applying equity research to proportionally represent students in classrooms within the District.
ICS for Equity uses the following eight strands of research to inform organizations on improving their structures and systems:
- Heterogeneous Classrooms/Academic Benefits of Diversity
- Ability Grouping
- Students Labeled with Disabilities Proportionally Represented
- Education of Students Labeled as English Language Learners
- Education of Students of Color
- Students who are Labeled as Gifted
- Response to Intervention
Participants also learned about how C3 teams will begin to be constructed throughout the District. C3 teams are teams that work to co-plan, co-serve, and co-learn together. These C3 teams work together to build collective equity capacity among team members to better meet the needs of all students. In doing so, the C3 teams can more effectively serve all students within a heterogeneous environment.
Below is some of the feedback participants provided, when answering "What resonated with you?" from the session:
"We want to thank all of our participants for leaning into this necessary work," says the District's Director for Equity Shari Tucker. "The commitment from the Board, parents, educators, district leaders, and our community allows our work with equity to continue to be a priority."
For more background information on the ICS for Equity partnership, visit the ICS for Equity webpage.