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RPS 205 Hires Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer to Join Leadership Team

Rockford Public Schools has created a cabinet-level role to lead districtwide work in diversity, equity and inclusion. The School Board approved plans today to hire Tiffany Brunson, Ph.D., as the district’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

Dr. Brunson starts Monday, July 19, and brings more than 25 years of education experience – as a special education teacher, curriculum leader and principal in Chicago Public Schools, Oak Park District 200 and most recently the Forest Park School District – to RPS 205. She will lead the district’s work to embed equity and culturally sustaining practices into every core function of Rockford Public Schools, ensuring that all students have full and equitable access to the district’s programs and resources. She will lead the district’s efforts to engage students, families and community members as true partners in the educational process.

“We are focused on improving student achievement for all students in Rockford Public Schools. We’re working to develop a learning environment to ensure all students find success, regardless of their zip code or support system outside of school,” said Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. “In this role, Dr. Brunson will support students, staff and our community as we deeply examine our school system to ensure we improve learning conditions and outcomes for all students. Her success as a school leader, coupled with her passion for improvement and powerful experiences with equity made her stand out in a very competitive applicant field.”

Dr. Brunson holds superintendent certification with the Illinois State Board of Education. She has a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and a bachelor’s degree in special education. She most recently worked as a principal at Field-Stevenson Intermediate Center and Forest Park Middle School in the Forest Park School District. Dr. Brunson spent most of her career in Chicago Public Schools with experience as a teacher, special education department supervisor, and program and curriculum coordinator.

Dr. Brunson served in the United States Army Reserve from 1989-1997. She credits her military experience as helping her become a skilled communicator and visionary with a clear sense of moral purpose. “I am committed to creating equitable, inclusive communities for the young people of RPS 205 guided by anti-racist, culturally affirming practices, deep meaningful human connections, intentional decision making and a sense of belonging for students and staff,” she said. “I am excited to learn and lead with the students, faculty and community of Rockford as we aspire to create a more equitable and just world.”

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