This summer, the Lake Villa 41 board of education and superintendent participated in an Illinois Association of School Board workshop on the concept of equity in education. Ensuring equity in education requires the board to examine outcomes, resources, funding, and support for all students to be successful. In an equitable, as opposed to merely equal, classroom each student is given the support and scaffolding they need to optimize their educational progress. Ultimately, building a more equitable educational environment is about student empowerment: making sure all students have what they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. This includes students in Special Education, English Learners (ELs), Gifted and Talented, and other students with diverse educational needs. The board of education is committed to supporting all students and staff equitably.