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Commitment to Equity

In Jeffco Public Schools, Equity means that each child receives what they need to develop to their full academic, career, and social potential.

Equal and equitable are related terms but are different. In an educational context, equal means everyone gets the same. Equitable means that each student gets what they need to succeed.

Research supports that Jeffco has challenges ensuring that students who have been historically underserved (those students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, identifying as racial and ethnic minorities, English language learners, special education) receive what they need in order to be academically successful.

The work of the Equity Tactic Team is to support the leaders responsible for actualizing our strategic plan to continually address these challenges using an equity lens in order to ensure students get what they need to develop to their full academic, career, and social potential.

Theory of Action

IF Jeffco Public Schools influences equitable educator mindsets and practices THEN students from underserved populations will develop to their full academic, career, and social potential.


  • By May of 2020, over 2,000 staff will participate in Equity focused professional learning as measured by ESS registration.

  •  By May of 2021, 60% or more staff participating in Equity focused professional learning will indicate more inclusive mindsets and practices as measured by the post-learning survey.

Tactic Team

Dave Kollar (Co-Tactic Lead) - Director, Student Engagement

Dr. Susan Leach, Chief Student Success Officer (Co-Strategy Lead) 

Renee Nicothodes, Chief of Schools Elementary (Co- Strategy Lead) 

Linda Reyes-Quinonez, Director Title 1 (Co-tactic Lead) 

Arianne Rivera, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist (Co-tactic Lead)  

Catherine Baldwin-Johnson, Director ESL and Dual Language 

Jason Firestone, Manager Student Engagement Office (Central JCAA Representative) 

Molly Jordan, Assistant Principal Standley Lake (School-based JCAA Representative) 

Jeff Caster, Budget Analyst

David Bell, Chief Human Resources Officer 

Carol Eaton, Executive Director Research Assessment and Design 

Jennifer Mulhern, Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher

Magali Saez-Cox, Coordinator Instructional Coaches

Lee Cooper, Community Superintendent 

Celeste Sultze, Community Superintendent 

Rana Razzaque, Equity Diversity and Inclusion Specialist 

Chenoa Crowshoe-Patterson, Equity Diversity and Inclusion Specialist 

Brooke Williams, JCEA 

Robert Hawkins, Social Worker Jefferson High (JCEA EMOAT Representative)

Lara Center, JESPA 

Greg Jackson, Executive Director of Transportation 


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