Edmonton Public Schools is committed to working intentionally toward anti-racism, reconciliation and equity through continuous action, learning and improvement. This commitment and work is guided by our Anti-racism and Equity policy and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education policy.
We know that racism still exists in our school division and broader community. We believe that listening to, and learning from, students, staff, families and community is critical to understanding what is important.
These voices have helped to inform actions outlined in our Anti-racism and Equity Action Plan. This work will lead to authentic and meaningful long-term systemic change.
|Education serves as the cornerstone of society and Edmonton Public Schools strives to be an organization where every staff member and student feels that they belong, are included and can succeed.
–Superintendent Darrel Robertson
The Division has organized to have resources in place to support the work of the Anti-racism and Equity Action Plan. We have committees made up of community members, Division leaders and staff to keep us on track in key areas of this work.
The Anti-racism and Equity Action Plan Year One Update outlines the actions the Division has taken in the 2021–22 school year to support anti-racism, reconciliation and equity in schools and the community.Read the Year One Update
Our work is focused on three key areas identified in the Anti-racism and Equity Action Plan: support for schools, human resource practices and student demographic data.
Supporting and enhancing school capacity in the areas of anti-racism, reconciliation and equity involves multiple layers of listening, learning, unlearning and relearning.
Providing ongoing professional learning that supports personal growth and professional practice is necessary as we strive to learn more about the students we serve.
Learn more about our work to support schools.
It’s critical that staff, students and families see themselves reflected in our workforce.
To help us achieve representation, we will examine our human resources practices and policies to ensure they support hiring, developing and retaining a workforce that represents the diversity of the students and families in schools.
Learn more about our work in the area of Human Resource Practices.
Student success and well-being is at the heart of the Division’s work—striving to have all students feel safe, experience a sense of belonging at school and to grow and succeed as learners.
One action to help the Division further enhance student success in school is to better understand how students identify themselves and then examine which students are thriving in school and which students need additional support.
In September 2020, the Board of Trustees requested that Edmonton Public Schools administration develop a model for the collection of data to better understand the self-described identities of students in the Division.
The planning and development process to inform this model resulted in the implementation of a survey to collect student demographic data.
Learn more about our work around student demographic data.
Edmonton Public Schools took a key step towards better understanding the diversity of the students we serve by inviting students in Grades 4 to 12 to participate in the Division’s first Student Demographic Survey.
Learn about the results in the Student Demographic Survey Report.
The Anti-racism and Equity Action Plan is a multi-year approach reflecting the Division’s commitment to reconciliation and becoming an anti-racist organization. We will continue to update staff, students and families on what we’ve accomplished and the critical next steps.
This work is a collaborative effort that is built on listening, learning and evidence-based decision making. We will continue to engage in meaningful ways with students, staff, families and community members so that diverse lived experiences and perspectives inform our work.
For more detailed information on the Division’s next steps in each of the three key areas, read the full Anti-racism and Equity Action Plan Year One Update.