AURORA, IL — West Aurora School District 129 this week appointed its first ever director of educational equity.
On Tuesday, the district’s board of education appointed Valerie McCall to the position for the 2020-2021 school year. Her charge is to promote and sustain equity, inclusion and diversity throughout the school.
In a news release, the district said McCall’s role spans everything from teaching to methods and hiring practices. She was chosen as the director after a review process including video screenings and three rounds of in-person interviews.
Before becoming district 129’s director of educational equity, McCall served for nine years as associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Cary Community Consolidated School District 26.
She has also been involved as a member of the Huntley Community School District’s equity task force and has researched and presented on multicultural literature.
"I am truly excited to join such a remarkably talented team," McCall said in a statement. "I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues, with students, and with families as we work together to foster an environment of equity and opportunity for all of the West Aurora community."
McCall’s experience lies in educating students in kindergarten through third grade as well as in reading curriculum development for students in all grade levels.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Dayton, a Master’s degree in educational administration from Bradley University and a Ph. D. in educational leadership administration from Aurora University.
via Aurora, IL Patch
September 11, 2020 at 02:44PM