Equity Literacy Project Launch

Nichole Anderson (Social Science teacher, Rolling Meadows High School, District 214) and Lauren Kenny (EL Specialist, Barbara B. Rose Elementary, District 220) working on the chapter on Language/Immigration Status.

The Art of Teaching for Equity Community of Practice has been working with partners from high school districts 211, 214, and 220 as part of a collaborative project to promote awareness around equity issues.

The CoP started meeting with a small group high school staff and administrators in 2017 to begin to discuss the equity issues in our schools. Over the next two years, a collaborative group of more than 30 participants representing Harper and all three high school districts came together with the goal of creating a shared lexicon related to equity issues so that educators in the area could approach this work with a similar understanding of the issues and literally talk the same language while seeking to improve our institutional climates.

At the first large group convening, teachers, counseling staff, and administrators shared narratives of the concerns that brought them to this work and then identified major themes for the project, which include Ability & Disability, Gender & Sexuality, Language & Immigration, Race & Ethnicity, Religion, and Socioeconomic Status. From there, groups formed to gather terms, definitions, related research, and examples for each theme to provide in-depth information and applications about each topic. The group then applied for and received support from Rebus Community to put each section into an Open Educational Resource in Pressbooks.

A soft launch event to share the eBook with contributors and guests interested in providing feedback to further develop the resource will take place on Monday, February 3, 2020 (details below). Participants will also have an opportunity to share ideas for planning an upcoming workshop open to educators from Harper and our sender high school districts. If you would like to attend the launch event and help support this work, please register below.

Launch of the Equity Literacy Project Resource

The Art of Teaching for Equity Community of Practice would like to invite you to attend the launch of the Equity Literacy Project as an online resource created by Harper faculty and staff and partners from Districts 211, 214, and 220. Join contributors from the project for an overview of the project, time to peruse the research and narratives related to six equity themes, and an opportunity to contribute feedback from which we will plan our upcoming collaborative workshop. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

  • Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F220
  • Facilitators: The Art of Teaching for Equity Community of Practice
  • CEUs: 0.15
  • Register

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174, academy@harpercollege.edu.