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Professional learning grounds equity work in Chicago

By Maurice Swinney
June 2021
Maurice Swinney is chief equity officer in Chicago Public Schools and a member of The Learning Professional advisory board. You have worked for equity your whole career. What’s unique about the role of a chief equity officer that drove you to your current position? I was a neighborhood school principal, a teacher, and an instructional coach. I knew firsthand what my students deserved and were capable of and how some policies and lack of resources got in the way. I also wanted to bring people who didn’t normally have a seat to the table. The role of chief equity officer became very intriguing to me because it was designed to mitigate and correct historical injustices and racialized outcomes for student groups who are furthest from

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References

Chicago Public Schools Equity Framework: equity.cps.edu/equity-framework/download

Chicago Public Schools Equity Toolkit: equity.cps.edu/

Liberatory Thinking resources: equity.cps.edu/equity-framework/equity-lens/liberatory-thinking


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