Equity & Opportunity
The Rockford Public Schools equity vision is to create learning environments that work for all students and interrupt the predictability of student outcomes based on zip code.
RPS 205 Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett is prioritizing feedback from students and staff in regular listening sessions.
His target is to make sure African American voices are heard clearly in a way they haven’t been in the past. Those conversations are helping Dr. Jarrett and his leadership team improve policies and ensure RPS 205 serves – and is equitable for – all students.
Dr. Antoine Reed leads the district’s goal to interrupt the predictability of a student’s success based on their zip code.
He started his education career 18 years ago as a coach, then teacher and administrator. He started in RPS 205 in 2022 and brings his experience working in Chicago Public Schools, South Bend Indiana Public Schools, and Milwaukee Public Schools.
Inclusion work is urgent. It’s more than a job; it’s a daily mission and a fulfilment of a life duty.
Dr. Antoine Reed grew up in Chicago and experienced inequities that he didn’t realize existed until he saw other students’ opportunities. Hear about his motivation, his approach to education and learning, and why he thinks Rockford is innovative. “In education right now, equity has become a new catch phrase from the top down. We’re living that phrase. … So that’s what made Rockford a unique place.”