Equity in ECCS

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At Eastern Carver County Schools, we are committed to creating a school environment where everyone feels welcome, safe, and included, and where every child has access to the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.  The mission of our school district is learners achieving their personal best and, simply put, we cannot be successful if equity work isn’t foundational to our approach to learning.

The School Board and district staff are committed to this work. Equity is foundational to personalized learning, it’s necessary for strong communities, and every single one of our students will benefit not just during school, but after they leave our halls.  This work requires an investment from all of us, administrators, teachers, parents, students, caregivers, and community members to be successful.  This is long-term, ongoing work which the entire ECCS team believe in, and in the potential of every student in our district.

Equity Definition: Equity in Eastern Carver County School District means a student’s identity - their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, immigration status, religion and/or disability – does not predict their success. All students are provided the tools, resources, and support they need to achieve their personal best.

Equity Vision: Eastern Carver County Schools is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive district where all students feel heard, seen, and valued. Our district celebrates students for who they are - their unique personal story – and provides students with a personalized, exceptional education that will help prepare them for who they want to become.

From the Director

Dear Eastern Carver County Schools Community,

Can you believe we are already in our first week of school? On behalf of the Equity Department, we are more than excited to see our students entering our school doors. The energy building up to the first week of the school for staff is always a reminder of the focus of the work we do, our students.

The Equity Department continues to work diligently to ensure we provide accurate and clear communication about the work of the department. In addition to the foundational information, each month our website is updated with information for the ECCS community about where we currently are and where we are going, an equity challenge calendar to deepen our collective learning, Equity Advisory Council minutes, a quarterly letter, opportunities to stay connected, etc.

During the July school board meeting, I shared that our Equity Advisory Council has been restructured and is evolving based on the needs of the district and the community. We listened and took action to include student voice on the council and to be more directly connected to our school sites. 

As we move into this school year I would like to share a quote I believe says many things with few words, as our superintendent says “we are better together.”

Be well,

Robin Francis (Gordon)

Equity Beliefs:

• Equity is essential and foundational to the success of Eastern Carver County School District
• Everyone is welcome and belongs in our school community
• Our students, families, staff, and community members bring diverse life experiences - assets that should be recognized, celebrated, and embraced as opportunities for growth and learning
• All learners can achieve high academic standards; high expectations will be communicated, supported, and maintained
• All students must see themselves reflected in the district; this means in staff, teachers, and administrators
• Curriculum must be inclusive and include diverse perspectives
• Authentic, two-way relationships between families, schools, and community partners is valued and nurtured across all demographics
• Explicit and transparent communication is vital to build trust and foster relationships
• Staff will participate in ongoing professional development and training to build a shared foundation for equity, foster change and develop a growth mindset
• Resources must be allocated to sustain equity work
• Measurable equity outcomes and accountability are essential to ensure progress

Equity Initiatives

Eastern Carver County Schools is and has been, committed to providing students equal educational opportunities. Over the last decade, our district has engaged in a variety of initiatives with the shared purpose of creating communities of belonging and success. Our commitment to equity is reflected districtwide in work designed to:

  • acknowledge and check our racial and cultural biases;
  • utilize data to understand what is working and where we must improve;
  • implement best practices related to engaging and supporting learners in achieving their personal best;
  • provide stakeholders in our community with opportunities to engage meaningfully and guide our vision for equity.


Robin Francis (Gordon)

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Arika Mareck

Achievement and Integration Lead Specialist