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    Independent School District 622 Office of Educational Equity

    (North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale) 

    Common Language Definitions

    Educational Equity
    Treating students fairly by considering differences.


    Shared patterns that help us make meaning of our environment and determine appropriate behavior.


    Culturally Responsive Schools and District
    A school/district that uses CLR, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy.  CLR is the validation and affirmation of the home (indigenous) culture and home language for the purposes of building and bridging the student to success in the culture of academia and mainstream society (Hollie, 2012).


    "Genetic" heritage (including one's skin color and associated traits); a "social construct" not based on biology, but created.


    The fact that humans differ, which may make a difference in how we interact with one another, with communities, with institutions, and with ourselves.


    Intercultural Competency
    Having the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to interact across cultural contexts.


    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)


    Opportunity Gap
    This gap refers to the fact that all children are not getting the same access to learning in life.  Yet, we expect children, regardless of their resources or background experiences, to obtain the same level of achievement.