Artist: Angus Maguire
Opportunity, Unity and Excellence Through Equity
The Upper Darby School District recognizes that a commitment to equity is an ongoing, daily practice that must be implemented with fidelity and authenticity by all members of the organization.
Deep Equity is a comprehensive and systemic professional development process aimed at producing the deep personal, professional, and organizational transformations that are necessary to create equitable places of learning for all of our nation’s children. The mission of the Office of Equity is to address persistent educational and opportunity gaps faced by students based on race, ethnicity, gender, language, or disability. Our Office seeks to increase the cultural competency of teachers and staff, access to high-quality instruction, and access to culturally-relevant curriculum content. Our office also seeks to strengthen the District's equity lens in its analysis of the impact of policy and practice on historically underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized individuals and groups and resulting barriers and roadblocks to success. Our office seeks to support the District in its pursuit of the application of the fundamental principles of democracy for all students and supports the fight for fair funding to create well-resourced schools for all of our students.
The Supervisor of Equity provides leadership and support in creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and empowering school and work culture and engaging families. The Supervisor is responsible for assessing and cultivating equity to enhance the educational experience for all students in the Upper Darby School District and works with school and District leaders to promote equitable practices throughout the District. The Supervisor is also tasked with leading equity initiatives at all levels of the organization, including increasing teacher workforce diversity, and retention of staff and reduction of educator turnover, professional development for staff, curriculum and instruction, instructional practices, safety, school culture and climate, student discipline, technology and digital access, transportation, and other programs and services that impact student life.
The Upper Darby School District Equity initiative involves several teams consisting of individuals committed to supporting the mission and goals of the District's Comprehensive Equity Plan, engaging in productive dialogue around equity, and developing and supporting robust, effective, and sustainable goals, strategies, and action steps. Learn more about each team below.
- Comprehensive Equity Team
- Districtwide Equity Leadership Team
- Building Equity Leadership Team
- Youth Stewardship Program
- Parent Equity Leadership Team
The Upper Darby School District does not discriminate in its education program, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected category. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with federal law, including Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.