Equity in ECCS
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, 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.
Listen, Support, and Learn
Recent events in Minneapolis and around the country have left many in our community traumatized and struggling to deal with further incidents of racial violence. Even those who don’t feel directly impacted by the killing of George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery have had to find ways to talk about these tragedies with their children, family, and friends.
With that in mind, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department at Eastern Carver County Schools wants to provide some resources to 1) talk to your children about these events, 2) understand the history and cultural context that frames these events, and 3) learn more.
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.
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.