Outreach & Communication efforts of One Community for Equity

WHPS Board of Education Proposes an Important Educational Equity Policy

The Office of Equity Advancement for the West Hartford Public Schools has established a new collaborative partnership with parent-led organizations and community stakeholder groups sharing common goals and interests leading to more equitable schools and a more equitable community. As we strive to achieve our mission, we are compelled to actively seek the perspectives of all who make WHPS such a richly diverse educational community.

There are many different ways that equity can be defined, but what that looks like in practice in the educational setting has explicit tenants to ensure that every child has an equal chance for successful outcomes.

Educational Equity recognizes students as unique individuals and intentionally designs and sustains systems and structures that provide clear paths. Equity calls for educators and leaders to understand unique challenges and actively look for, identify and remove barriers that individuals or groups of students face.

See Six Goals of Educational Equity

WHPS has established a PreK- 12 Vision for the Graduate in which the aspirations that we hold for our children in school, in the community and in adult life require that we ensure equal opportunities for success. Educational Equity s a fundamental right that all students deserve and all families should expect.

When we create and sustain equitable schools in operations, programs, practice and policies, we can improve outcomes in academic achievement, social-emotional wellbeing, school engagement and connectedness, college and career readiness and much more as youth and adults.

What equity in education looks like in transparent and accountable policy and practice:

  • Fair and Optimized Resource Allocation and Distribution
  • Culturally Responsive and High Quality Curricula and Pedagogy
  • Diverse Educator Recruitment, Support and Retention
  • Positive School Culture, Climate and Identity-Affirming Learning Environments
  • Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement (culturally responsive, anti-bias, anti-racist, equitable educator and leadership skills and dispositions)
The WHPS Educational Equity Policy intends to serve and support the wellbeing and successful school, community and postsecondary life outcomes for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, special needs, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and religious faith.


Our student population and community culture are changing and so must we.

  • WHPS serves almost 9500 PreK-12+ students.
  • Our students enrich our district with over 70 home languages spoken.
  • About 16% of our students receive special education services and 6% receive English Language Learner supports and services.
  • Just over 26% of our students are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Parents/caregivers managing a family of four with a salary of $34,000 or less qualifies for free or reduced lunch.
  • Our family households are beautifully diverse in composition: two parents/caregivers, single parents/caregivers, blended families, same sex, interracial, multi-generational households.
  • Enrollment by race indicate that students of color make up 43% of our population which reflects our growing racial diversity over the past decade.

Again, our demographics and culture are changing and so must we.

WHPS acknowledges in our Commitment to Equity and Ant-Racism Statement, as Equity Policy recognizes, that for far too long, achievement and opportunity disparities in and among groups of students have persisted with predictability under both status quo and well-intentioned efforts. Disproportionality in representation of students, families and educators in many areas of district educational programs and opportunities signal the need for a deeper commitment and set of actions for equity, accountability and development of our cultural humility.

Research affirms the assertion of Great Schools Partnership that educational equity benefits everyone because it:

  • Improves our communities
  • Challenges the imbalance of power and privilege.
  • Strengthens the economy

One Community for Equity

The concept of equity can mean different things to different people. The Outreach and Communications Workgroup of the One Community for Equity network seek to ensure that the people that policy is designed to serve are in the best position to shape policy and evaluate whether it is succeeding. This includes all parents/caregivers, students and educators, but too often, efforts only reach or serve some people. There are members of the WHPS community who have often reported that they do not feel valued and long to feel seen and heard.

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