Using the Toolkit

Equity & Diversity: The Four Phases

-Creating the Profile

-Setting the Goals

-Planning to Improve

-Implementing the Plan




A. Terms and Definitions (pdf)
B. Demographic Data (pdf)
C. Students Performance Data (pdf)
D. Statements to Include in an Equity Audit (pdf)
E. Perceptual Data Summary (pdf)
F. Program Data (pdf)
G. Emerging Goals Worksheet (pdf)
H. Policy Example (pdf)
I. Vision and Mission Statement Example (pdf)
J. High School Strategies Example (pdf)
K. Researching School Improvement Strategies (pdf)
L. Action Plan worksheet (pdf)

Topic Guides for CIP Plans

Equity and Diversity

Family & Community Engagement

Instructional Strategies

Nebraska Literacy Plan

PreK-12 Curriculum Alignment

Special Education: Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD)


Improvement Plan Requirements


Early Childhood

The Nebraska Framework:
A Handbook for Continuous Improvement in Nebraska Schools

Nebraska Statewide Assessment (NeSA)

Professional Development, Data Resources, and Links

Rule 10

State of the Schools Report

Nebraska Department of Education

US Department of Education


Contact Us


Appendix I - Vision and Mission Statement Example

Vision and Mission for Equity and Diversity in Our School/District1



The ______________ School [or ________________ District] is committed to providing a culturally responsive education that results in equitable outcomes for all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal development, and preparation for education and work after high school graduation.



We implement policies, procedures, and practices that advance equity in curriculum, instruction, program development, and staff development.

We implement curriculum that is sensitive to and respectful of the culture and heritage of all learners.

We use assessments that affirm equity for all learners.

We advance and support instructional practices that affirm equity for all learners.

We respect and value a learner’s culture, heritage, and first language.

We provide counseling, guidance, and career and personal planning that address a learner’s culture, heritage, experiences, perspectives, background, learning needs, and aspirations.

We provide learning environments that advance equity for all learners.

We engage in equitable practices with partners in the education system and the broader community.


1Adapted from the Nova Scotia Department of Education (2002). Racial equity policy. Province of Nova Scotia, Canada: Author.

Nebraska Department of Education, 2010