• What is Avery Parents for Equity?

    In 2017, a group of parents gathered in a living room and started a group to advocate for children and families of color and explore how to make our school community more supportive and inclusive. In 2023, the group expanded its scope to focus on fostering a welcoming and inclusive community for all Avery families, including families of color; LGBTQIA+ children and families; families across the socioeconomic spectrum; families whose students have IEPs, IHPs, or 504 plans; and others.

    The group meets once a month during the school year in the Avery library or online. We are affiliated with the Avery Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and collaborate with PTO-affiliated parent equity groups at all the schools in the Webster Groves School District.

    Our mission:

    Avery Parents for Equity works to build community and consider practical ways to help support educational equity by fostering inclusion, advancing accessibility, and aligning for impact throughout the school district.

    Our vision:

    Our vision is for Avery to be a school and community where:

    • Everyone in the Avery community feels welcomed and valued.

    • The individualized needs of each child are supported in their journeys toward personal and academic success.

    • Every part of our school campus is accessible to all students and families.

    • Students, teachers, parents, and leaders in the Webster Groves School District work together to create a flourishing environment that is equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all.

    2023-24 strategic road map:

    Strategic roadmap 2023-24: fostering inclusion, advancing accessibility, aligning for impact