Equity, Inclusion & Excellence

Equity in CCS

How do we define equity?

Every child has a fair & impartial opportunity for a successful education.

What does CCS’s Strategic Plan say about equity in the school system?

CCS’s Strategic Plan states: Every student will have equitable access to engaging learning that prepares them to be competitive, collaborative and successful in our global world.

Why is it necessary to focus on equity?

A comprehensive understanding of equity is necessary to be successful in a diverse, global world with an understanding of the varied lenses of all of our stakeholders. A reference for our work is Equity in Education: What it is and Why it Matters.

What has CCS been doing about equity?

For the past four years, Cumberland County Schools has focused on equity-work with an emphasis on administrators receiving training that they then bring back to their schools. The emphasis has been on building relationships with our students, exploring our implicit biases and examining how these play out in our buildings.


In 2016-17, CCS began its dive into the world of Equity by pulling together a District Equity team that worked across departments with members from Curriculum and Instruction and Student Support Services. This team presented a four-presentation series entitled, “Equity: A Cultural Connection.” The focus of the presentations was noting the issues in the county and delving into understanding diversity and culture as well as establishing relationships in the classroom as solutions to the issues.


In 2017-18, the school system began that year’s Equity work with a kick-off featuring D.J. Batiste and Mrs. Porter. DJ and Mrs. Porter shared with building and district administrators and community leaders their experience of growing an at-risk student into a successful adult through the practices of Conscious Discipline.  After that introduction to equity in the classroom, the district Equity team gave a series of presentations to building and district administrators that focused on cultural proficiency and Gary Howard’s Deep Equity. Principals were to bring what they garnered in the sessions back to their schools and deliver the presentation to their staff.


This year, 2019-2020, CCS is shifting to a systems-change perspective instead of working to change beliefs and attitudes. Regardless of what school they’re in and who is their teacher or administrator, every student deserves equitable opportunities and outcomes. CCS Leadership seeks to ensure that that is exactly what every child receives. The focus, this year, is upon addressing policies, practices, and procedures that deliver inequitable outcomes to ensure that they are, in fact, equitable, just, and fair.

  • CCS is also taking part in the SWIFT Equity MTSS research project along with three other school districts in the US. This intensive project will affect the majority of the schools in the district providing instruction in equitable practices with additional coaching.
  • Graig Meyer with the Equity Collaborative is working with the principals in CCS with Leadership presentations. Further, a select group of principals, the Equity Leadership Fellows, receive intensive training and coaching in equitable practices in their buildings.
Published by Jovan Denaut on July 3, 2019

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