Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IASB’s Educational Equity work
supports the Association’s mission and vision

School board members are responsible for the “equitable and quality education of every student in the school district” and must act accordingly in their collective work as a board of education to foster excellence for every student.

The Illinois Association of School Boards recognizes that everyone benefits when all students have access to the educational resources and rigor they need, in all times and circumstances.

IASB’s definition of Educational Equity, adapted from the work of the Council of Chief State School Officers and Kedda Williams/Opportunity Institute, is as follows:

“Educational equity means that every student has access to the educational resources and rigor they need at the right moment
in their education 
regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background, and/or family income.”

Under the direction of Executive Director Thomas Bertrand, the IASB equity committee was formed in Summer 2018, including Equity Director Patrick Rice. The committee aims to provide members with the resources necessary to develop competence and confidence in supporting educational equity within their school district.

One of the committee’s first projects was “The Equity Lens,” a webinar presented on October 16 and now available in the Association’s Online Learning Center. Interested members can access the webinar through IASB’s new Educational Equity web page, Also on the new page are policy materials, reviews of the Equity Event from 2018, and a list of external resources. The website will be updated as the committee’s work proceeds.

In addition to Bertrand and Rice, members of the committee include Dean Langdon, Associate Executive Director, Member Services; Sandra Kwasa, Director, Board Development; Dee Molinare, Director, Field Services; Theresa Kelly Gegen, Director, Editorial Services/Communications; Maryam Brotine, Assistant General Counsel; and Ronald Madlock, Assistant Director, Advocacy/Governmental Relations.

School board members wishing to seek more information, or willing to share their districts’ equity journeys, are encouraged to contact Patrick Rice at