The same word, but two different meanings.
Many times, when we hear the word equity in the educational setting, our
minds may focus on race or ethnicity. While racial equity is a large
component of the challenges we face, equity issues related to poverty,
privilege, curriculum access, academic programs and behavioral supports
must be addressed at a systemic level.
To that end, the City School District of Albany Board of Education has
adopted an Equity in Education Policy (visit
our Equity in Education
section for more information).
The new policy is about providing pathways for each student to be
prepared to access the myriad opportunities that may facilitate success.
It is a blueprint of what the district needs to do so that the barriers
preventing students from reaching their potential in school are removed.
The new Equity in Education Policy sets forth specific steps that the
district will take to reduce systemic disparities that have
impacted the success of minority students and students with
The district is engaging in a multi-year process of providing all
faculty, support staff and administrators with professional development
in research-based, culturally relevant practices that consider students’
cultural backgrounds in our educational interactions and guide the
practice of formulating our teaching and learning plans.
As educators, we have a responsibility to overcome our own biases and
ensure our interactions with students and families promote caring
relationships and engaging learning experiences that positively shape
students’ lives and affect their ability to learn.
Our district engages in ongoing professional development to enhance our
emphasis on culturally responsive teaching and learning. Over the past
three years, we have analyzed our discipline procedures and practices,
and completed internal and external evaluations, to monitor our progress
to closing the achievement and behavioral gaps among our students.
Enhancing our educational structure and emphasizing equitable practices
throughout our system is a shared responsibility that includes all
I am confident that our collective will to tackle the difficult issues
embedded in our society will allow us to achieve our vision: to be a
district of excellence with caring relationships and engaging learning
experiences that provide equitable opportunities for all students to
reach their potential.
Kaweeda G. Adams