Background Information about USD 497's Equity Work
In order to achieve educational equity and excellence for students of all races and backgrounds, the Lawrence Board of Education and Superintendent will establish a learning climate of high expectations, set annual equity and achievement goals, and charge district- and school-level teams with responsibilities for developing strategies to eliminate racial achievement disparities, while improving achievement for all students.MissionLawrence USD 497 is a learning community committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence so that students of all races and backgrounds achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for success in college,
careers and life in a diverse and rapidly changing world.VisionThe school board, administration, teachers and staff build positive relationships, seek multiple perspectives, set high expectations and hold each other accountable for ensuring that through equitable access to rigorous, culturally relevant and seamlessly aligned curriculum and effective, research-based instruction, all students achieve at high levels, graduate on time and are well prepared for their future.We believe:• All students can learn and achieve at high levels. • The knowledge and skills to effectively educate all students already exist in the field of education.
As a school community, we must:
• Demonstrate courageous leadership to enact systems change and successfully educate all students.
• Ensure all decisions are data-driven and align our actions to achieve educational equity and excellence for all students.
• Identify and correct district and school policies, procedures and practices that perpetuate racial achievement disparities.