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H-F High joins coalition of multiracial school districts

Homewood-Flossmoor High School announced on Wednesday, Feb. 1, that it is the newest member of the MSAN Network, a national coalition of multiracial school districts that share a history of high academic achievement and connections to major research universities. 

MSAN districts come together to understand and eliminate racial opportunity gaps that persist in schools. 

“Homewood-Flossmoor High School is proud to join this accomplished network of school districts throughout the United States,” said District 233 Superintendent Scott Wakeley. “This partnership allows us to work collaboratively with districts that look like ours with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as we strive for excellence for all students.”

“We are making this announcement as we kick off Black History Month to show the importance of celebrating Black excellence today and every day of the year,” Wakeley said. “Our membership in the MSAN Network is a major step in our commitment to developing the core competency of diversity and inclusion, the true north in our Profile of a Viking,” Wakeley said.

H-F’s Profile of a Viking expects students to meet competencies in innovation and problem solving; reflection and resilience; communication and collaboration; citizenship and character; and diversity and inclusion.

“We are now part of a larger educational community that shares best practices and supports each other as we strive to continually improve the quality of education and experiences for all of our students,” Wakeley said.

There are 28 MSAN network school districts focused on raising achievement for students of diverse racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Homewood-Flossmoor District 233 joins three other Illinois districts in MSAN — Evanston Township District 202, Niles Township District 219 and Oak Park-River Forest District 200. The national MSAN network extends to school districts in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Ohio.

MSAN districts work collaboratively to conduct and publish research, analyze policies, share promising practices and lift up student voices in pursuit of the network’s mission. 

Homewood-Flossmoor High School administrators recently attended their first MSAN meeting in Evanston providing the school district with access to resources and professional development to raise achievement.

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