Living Equity in All We Do

September 15, 2021

Our Equity Vision

At Round Lake Area Schools, we affirm the unique value and essential dignity of every child and adult. We challenge the systemic inequities in society that dishonor this belief. We commit to transforming our educational system by living equity in all we do.


What does "Equity" mean?

Equity is a commitment to justice, to a fair distribution of access, and to opportunity. The priority is to ensure all students an opportunity to achieve to their fullest capacity." - Gorski, 2018


Learn more about Equity at RLAS-116, along with the established Equity Commitments and Actions Steps at on the District's Equity webpage!

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August 2021 Equity Literacy Institute Follow Up Videos

Thank you to all who took part in the August 13 Equity series, hosted by the Equity Literacy Institute. I encourage you to take some time to view each session as they are full of inspiring and important equity topics. Each session provides principles and strategies to guide you as you work to ensure you are creating an equitable classroom. Below are titles, descriptions, and videos from the keynote and 5 breakout sessions.


Please contact me with any questions at lsteffen@rlas-116.org.

Equity Keynote: Cultivating an Equitable Classroom or School

Equity is partially about providing individual students what they need in order to achieve to their fullest capabilities. But the deeper part of equity is a commitment to identifying and addressing even the subtlest forms of bias and inequity that can creep up in any aspect of schooling: the curriculum, classroom or school policy, discipline, and more. In this session we will explore an approach to equity that is comprehensive and applicable, no matter what your role is in Round Lake Area Schools.
Keynote: Cultivating an Equitable Classroom or School- August 13, 2021

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Beyond the Classroom: Equity Literacy for Non-Instructional Staff

While changes in curriculum and instruction are necessary for equity in schools, they alone are not sufficient. The policies and practices of non-instructional staff are vital to the success of any deep and lasting equity. This session examines examples of how the work of administrators, counselors, coaches, and other non-instructional staff can reproduce inequities—and provides resources for disrupting them.
Beyond the Classroom- August 13, 2021 Equity afternoon session.

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Challenging the Stereotypes and Misunderstandings that Harm Students Experiencing Poverty

The first step toward closing educational disparities for students experiencing poverty is understanding why those disparities exist, sweeping aside common stereotypes and misunderstandings. In this session we will do just that and focus, not on what we can adjust about “those students,” but rather what we can adjust about our own understandings and practices in order to create equitable, supportive learning spaces for students and families experiencing poverty.
Challenging the Stereotypes and Misunderstandings that Harm Students Experiencing Poverty 8/13/21

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LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity in Practice

In this session, we will examine the ways that unconscious bias created by sexism, homophobia, and transphobia impact how our students experience harm at school because of their gender, sex, and/or sexuality identities. Then, through discussion and examples we will unpack our mindsets, examine our language and common practices, and collaboratively imagine how our curriculums and practice can support belonging and inclusiveness for LGBTQIA+ students.
LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity in Practice- August 13, 2021

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No More, "Next Time”: Using student voice to help you recognize, respond to, & redress racism & bias in the moment

Have you been in a situation where an inequity is at play but you don't know how to address it? Do you know of inequities in your school or organization but don't feel that you have the will or skill to bring it up to others? This workshop will give you tools to feel inspired and empowered to address bias, racism, or any other type of injustice immediately and effectively. We'll also model and discuss ways in which you can use student voice to educate yourself and others without re-traumatizing marginalized students in the process. Youth need your advocacy and disruption of systemic barriers now, without waiting for "the next time."
No More "Next Time" Using student voice to help you recognize, respond to, & redress racism & bias

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"I don't see color, I just see kids" Developing Color-Consciousness and Racial Bravery in the Classroom and Beyond

Most teachers, many of whom are White, struggle to effectively identify, address, and respond to racism in the classroom. It is especially difficult to intentionally teach racism in the classroom given how tenuous a subject many educators find it to be. This session will help educators develop skills to enhance racially conscious pedagogies and everyday strategies for boldly and effectively addressing race in the classroom and beyond.
I Don't See Color- August 13, 2021. Equity literacy afternoon session.