As defined in our strategic plan, Imagine Tomorrow, the CCPS core value of equity ensures fair and unbiased access to all resources and opportunities. This is present in our core value commitments:
- Create a culture open to different backgrounds and accepting of all voices and viewpoints.
- Recognize biases and identify acceptance and inclusion barriers to be removed.
- Demonstrate an appreciation of diversity and develop compassionate relationships.
- Be good stewards of resources that support opportunities for all.
- Hold high expectations while understanding challenges and identifying strengths.
The effort to remove barriers has resulted in a number of accomplishments as it relates to access and opportunities for our students and overall school communities:
- PSAT for all students in grades 8-11 and SAT College Day for all students in 11th grade.
- Serving more English learners at their home schools.
- Holistic gifted identification process that identifies a more diverse population of students for gifted programming.
- Greater access to gifted programs by serving more gifted students at or near their home schools.
- Transparency of curriculum options to all parents in the Program of Study.
- Division emphasis on culturally responsive teaching.
- Parent support material in multiple languages through interpretation and translation options.
- Equitable seat allocation process for specialty center programs, career and technical education programs and Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School programs.
- Creation of a differentiated staffing model to address equity in human resource capital.
Formed in 2017, the Equity Advisory Committee, which consists of CCPS educators and community members, was charged with identifying current and best-practice findings in the division and making recommendations that would enhance current practices or introduce new ones. As part of the committee’s work, the group was tasked with providing an annual report surrounding educational equity and recommendations for enhanced practices. The committee was divided into subcommittees to look at practices and policies across the areas of access and opportunity, disciplinary practices, engaging stakeholders, policy and practice, professional development and staffing, recruiting and retaining. This work led to the Equity Advisory Committee presenting 27 final recommendations for implementation consideration. Of the 27 recommendations, 16 are either in progress or have been addressed and 11 are currently categorized as pending.
The Equity Advisory Committee continues to address the remaining 11 recommendations with the understanding that the work of equity is the responsibility of all and strives to align the Equity Policy (School Board policy 1014) with all other CCPS policies. The policy can be found online at mychesterfieldschools.com under the School Board tab in the School Board policies section.
In 2020, the division’s Equity Design Team was formed. The Equity Design Team, which consists of a diverse group of Chesterfield County Public Schools leaders (knowledge, insight, influence), works collectively to explore structural, institutional and individual root causes to address systemic inequities. Additionally, each Chesterfield County school has an equity lead who serves as a liaison to schools and supports creating opportunities for further work as it relates to equitable considerations.