In D.C. Public Schools, we have designed an exemplary model for what excellence can and should be — accelerating academic achievement by raising the bar on curriculum and standards, investing in the growth of high-quality educators, improving student satisfaction, and deepening our partnerships with families and the community.

When I see excellence in D.C. Public Schools, I see students at Banneker High School, leading the city in English language arts mastery on state assessments. I see student musicians singing, dancing and playing instruments at Eastern High. I see educators at Whittier Education Campus improving outcomes for special education students. I see families at Bruce-Monroe Elementary and Truesdell Education Campus feeling welcomed and valued the moment they walk into the school.

We are striving to become a district of both excellence and equity, a place where we eliminate opportunity gaps based on students’ backgrounds and where we work together to systematically interrupt institutional bias. In order to reach excellence in educating our students, we must uplift equity to ensure all schools are positioned to meet the unique needs of our diverse student body.

When equity is at the heart of each decision we make, every DCPS student receives rigorous, joyful learning experiences; every school has the appropriate resources to provide every student with what they need to thrive; and every day serves as an opportunity for our talented educators to inspire the next generation of leaders.

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Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.


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