• CESJ Design Overview




    Scope of Work


    The APS Center for Equity and Social Justice (APS CESJ) was established as the district’s first office devoted solely to advancing equity in education.


    As such, the APS-CESJ supports the implementation of equity-focused, evidence-based practices for entities throughout the district. We do this by:


    • Offering thought-partnership around tackling complex equity-focused challenges:


    • Serving as accountability partners to divisions, departments, offices and schools;


    • Convening and partnering with groups of internal and external stakeholders to promote equity;


    • Providing advocacy supports for all stakeholder groups;


    • Examining current policies and practices, work to interrupt and eliminate inequitable practices, and


    • Supporting district staff in the creation of inclusive and just conditions for all students and staff.


    Mission & Vision

    The mission of the APS-CESJ is to positively impact the lives of our learners and learning

    communities so that every single one of our students thrives — not by accident, but by design.


    The vision of the APS-CESJ is to inspire a renewed organizational culture and serve as a national model for intentionally, explicitly, and sustainably addressing challenges of equity in education. 


    Organizational Structure 


    • The Office of Equity Strategy & Coherence (ESAC)* works to ensures that all the district’s organizational elements -- culture, systems, structures, resources, and stakeholders-- are being utilized to enact a theory of change that is grounded in equity and a strategy aligned to a robust vision of excellent teaching that is culturally and linguistically responsive. It is comprised of the Equitable Learning Environments, Equitable Resource Strategy, and the Equity Strategy Teams. 


    • The Office of Federal Programs supports building the district’s capacity to support the needs of our most vulnerable student populations. The office provides technical assistance, program monitoring and resources to district offices and schools to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a ​high-quality education and to achieve proficiency on the state's high academic achievement standards.​ 


    • The Office of Family Engagement provides tailored resources through ongoing support and collaboration to schools and families to ensure student success. 


    • The Office of the Organizational Ombuds* provides a neutral and informal platform for grievance resolution, resource sharing, family and community engagement, and collaborative discussion.  The Ombuds Office also examines current APS policies and practices and works to interrupt and eliminate inequitable practices and create inclusive and just conditions for all students.  


    *Denotes a new district department/office