In June 2020, Huntley 158 adopted “Destination 158: An Equitable Approach to Education,” an action plan to guide our work in educational equity for the next five years. The plan is the result of a yearlong effort undertaken by the District’s Equity Action Coalition, a group of volunteer district and site administrators, teachers, coaches, parents, community members and board members, who analyzed data for causes of identified gaps in achievement, opportunity and access. The group was facilitated by Dr. Phyllis Hayes.
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.