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District 204 Equity Belief Statement

The District 204 Board of Education recognizes that in order to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential we must lead and engage in a collective commitment to equity. The Board recognizes that with our objective to provide educational opportunities that result in equitable outcomes, we must work proactively to address biases and eliminate institutional structures and practices that negatively affect student learning and achievement.

We pledge to foster educational equity for all students by actively identifying and removing any barriers by ensuring that all policies, practices, programs, and procedures support and affirm each student. We are committed to creating a culture where all staff, students and families feel safe, welcome, respected, and a part of the school community. We recognize that equity work is ongoing, and we pledge to engage the entire 204 community, actively including students, families, educators, and all stakeholders in our equity journey. This will be an accountable, measured, and continuous examination of our educational system. By eliminating disparities in educational opportunities and embracing our diversity we can best assure that our students have the greatest potential to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

How can you contact us?

Jennifer Rowe
Executive Director of Educational Equity
Phone: 630.375.3877
Twitter: @Equity204
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Equity Ambassadors

  • Stephanie Arena (WVHS)
  • Ann Cluxton (MVHS)
  • Christina Jakubas (NVHS)
  • Charmonique Joiner (Graham)
  • Rachael Mahmood (Georgetown)
  • Candy Michelli (CEC)
  • Tania Moneim (MVHS)
  • Javier Polavieja (MVHS)
  • Natalie Hoyle Ross (Springbrook)
  • George Vellookunnel (Hill)
  • Michael Yadgir (Granger)
  • Jessica Walsh (Granger)

Equity in Action

Visit this page to learn about our ongoing equity work.

Multicultural calendar

View our comprehensive multicultural calendar of holidays and observances for 2020-21.

STAMPED Discussion

Watch a replay of the 204 STAMPED Community Event with Jason Reynolds and Dr. Cherry Paul!

Dr. Tyrone Howard Visits 204 PDAC 

Dr. Tyrone Howard recently visited 204 PDAC! View his talk on How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism.

Author Visit with Dr. Renee Horton

Watch our interview with Dr. Horton, author of Dr. H Explores the Universe.

What are we reading?

  • How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion
  • The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung and Julie Kwon
  • Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Sonja Cherry-Paul, Jason Reynolds , et al. 
  • Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice
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