Equity in Littleton Public Schools requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has access to success. That requires understanding the unique challenges and barriers faced by individual students or by populations of students and providing additional support to help them overcome those barriers. While this in itself may not ensure equal outcomes, we all should strive to ensure that every child has equal opportunity to be successful.
Much has been made of the difference between equity and equality. While equality means treating every student the same, equity means making sure every student has the support they need to be successful. (Giving all students access to what they need when they need it.)
In practice, equity is…
- Knowing students by name, strength and need
- Knowing your background, experiences, and your conscious and unconscious biases and how these shape your actions and decisions
- Using data to identify and understand gaps and to create actionable responses
- Listening to stories and seeking input
- Developing learning experiences and assessments without bias and that allow students to demonstrate understanding in differentiated ways
- Providing all students with the opportunities and supports they need to succeed
In LPS, the six themes of culturally responsive education position educators to provide equity for students and other staff members.