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Learn More About Equity

The work of the Shaker Heights Schools is informed by the latest equity research and articles as well as national groups whose missions are equity-focused. The resources below enabled our Equity Task Force members to build their own capacity and knowledge base on equity issues, ensuring they are well-equipped to draft equity action plans and advance our efforts. 
Resources are categorized by:
  • Children's Defense Fund of Ohio — DF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown. 
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs — The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. They are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
  • GLSEN — The mission of GLSEN (originally the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Networks) is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University — The Kirwan Institute is an interdisciplinary engaged research institute at The Ohio State University established in May 2003. The goal of the Institute is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion. 
  • Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) — In 1999, Shaker Heights Schools was among the founding members of MSAN, a national coalition of multiracial, suburban-urban school districts that have come together to understand and eliminate achievement/opportunity gaps that persist in their schools. Across MSAN districts racial disparities on an array of achievement data demonstrate wide gaps in performance between students of color and their white peers. MSAN districts have student populations between 3,000 and 33,000, and are most often well-established first-ring suburbs or small to mid-size cities. Additionally, the districts share a history of high academic achievement and connections to major research universities. Shaker Schools superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. is the current President of the MSAN Governing Board.
  • National Education Association Human and Civil Rights — NEA Human and Civil Rights works to achieve equal opportunity and social justice for all students and school staff and provides student-centered, research-based, and educator-driven training programs that prepare its members to be powerful advocates for today’s students.
  • National Society for the Gifted and Talented — The National Society for the Gifted & Talented (NSGT) is a not-for-profit organization created to honor and nurture gifted and talented children and youth. It is committed to acknowledging and supporting the needs of gifted and talented children and youth by providing recognition of their significant academic and performance accomplishments and access to educational resources and advanced learning opportunities directly related to their interests and talent areas.

  • University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Urban Superintendents Academy — This superintendents academy, in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, develops leaders as effective change agents for highly diverse school districts. As part of this training, a capstone project explores equity issues, including racial inequalities, LGBTQ issues, special education and minority recruitment of teachers. The work of this important program will inform the work of our Equity Task Force.

Suggested Reading, by Topic
Achievement Gap

Classroom Diversity

Educator Workforce Diversity
English Language Learners 
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