It is the mission of Huntley Community School District 158 to be a learning community that will inspire, challenge, and empower ALL students always. As the demographics of our district changes, we are faced with more complex challenges in meeting the needs of our increasingly diverse student population.

Our work toward equity began with the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group In the spring of 2017. The purpose of the working group was to serve as a District-wide entity to respond to issues related to diversity and inclusion and to liaise with a parent/community organization that formed in response to an abhorrent incident of racial intolerance that occurred at Huntley High School.

In planning for the 2018-2019 school year, it was determined that a diversity needs assessment would be a crucial step in driving follow-up professional development for our certified and non-certified staff. The purpose of assessing the current reality of diversity and equity in District 158 was to help our District prevent issues in the future, rather than simply respond to issues as they arose.

Equity Action Coalition

The most important recommendation of the 2018 Equity Report was to create a District Guiding Equity Team: A small leadership group for recommendation and advisement, guiding this project and writing the diversity and educational equity plan. This team will facilitate the articulation of the collective vision for Equity in D158 and will create a multi-year action plan with strands for students, staff, board members, and families.

The committee will be facilitated by Dr. Phyllis Hayes, Educational Consultant and Dr. Rocio del Castillo, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services. We are seeking parents and staff members from across the district to participate. Ideally, we will be able to include a representation of all stakeholders; staff members from varied groups, such as certified staff, non-certified staff, administrators, parents, board members and community members.

The Equity Action Coalition will meet monthly between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM at the district office. A light dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.. Meeting dates are included below for your reference in consideration of applying to be a part of the EEC.

Meeting Dates for 2019-20: November 6th, November 20th, December 11th, January 8th, January 22th, February 12th, March 11th, April 1st, May 6th, May 20th, and June 3rd.

Please complete the EEC Coalition Member Application if you are interested in serving on this committee. The application deadline is Wednesday October 30th. You will be notified of your selection to be on the committee no later than Friday, November 1st. If you are a staff member you will receive a stipend for your participation on this committee.

Please contact Rocio del Castillo at (847) 659-6157 with questions.