February is Black History Month. In Aurora Public Schools, we recognize that black history is American history. Therefore, we strive to stay abreast with and educate our students about the many significant accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made – and continue to make – in this country.
In helping every APS student shape a successful future, we place extra emphasis on supporting Black students in ways that they, too, can become trail blazers. APS is aggressively closing the graduation gap with equity as our driving force. Our four-year graduation rate for Black students continues to increase and we couldn’t be more proud.
We also know that representation matters. For Black students to truly thrive in the classroom, it is vital that they engage with staff who look like them. APS takes intentional strides to connect with a diverse pool of candidates across the nation. Our partnership with Promise54 helps us keep a gauge on the district’s culture, practices, talent systems and strategies through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. In turn, we are implementing a multi-year plan to recruit and retain more teachers and leaders of color.
In celebrating Black History Month, please join APS in creating the change we all wish to see. By supporting Black students and staff, we will continue to be on the right side of Black history.