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    Independent School District 622 Office of Educational Equity

    (North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale) 


    Common Language Definitions

    Educational Equity
    Recognizing both historical and modern disenfranchisement of specific people groups,
    educational equity seeks to provide the necessary; tools, resources and supports to ensure
    equal access, with the goal of achieving equal outcomes. 
     
    equity

     

    Culture
    The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a group connected via;
    age, gender, religious, class, nationality, orientation and ethnicity
    rings of culture

     

    Culturally Responsive Schools and District
    A school/district that just as invested in the home; language, experiences, knowledge, and culture of our students as we are in the content we teach. 

     

    Race
    A social construct which categories people together by the color of their skin or region of origin. Race is not based in biology or science. 
     
    Racism
    A system of oppression which grants one group the power to carry out systematic discrimination through institutional policies and practices, while also shaping that areas cultural beliefs and values in the direction, and for the benefit of the dominant racial group. 

     

    Mindset
    a. The growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.

    b. The fixed mindset is the belief that your qualities are carved in stone (Dweck, 2007)