Naperville 203 is not teaching Critical Race Theory. However, we are examining our policies, practices, systems, decisions, and outcomes with an equity lens that includes but is not limited to racial/ethnic, gender, class, and other types of demographic lenses. We do not make any assumptions that our policies, practices, systems, decisions, and outcomes are inherently inequitable, but we want to make sure they are not.
Often confused, but not the same, the Illinois State Board of Education has approved Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards which is best practice for educators and is not content standards for students. Culturally responsive teaching - sometimes referred to as CRT as well - is a student-centered approach to education. CRT is relevant and meaningful to students’ cultures and daily life as a vehicle for teaching content. We aim for our curriculum, instruction, and supporting materials to be representative of, accessible to, and meaningfully engage our diverse student population which will enhance school experiences and learning outcomes for all students.