Friday, December 20, 2013

School Choice Workshops for Parents January 8 and 9--Choosing the Best School for your Child and Family!

This is a special workshop we are hosting here at Cooperative Extension in January.  Please join us if you have questions about choosing a school for your child.

School Choice Workshop:
Choosing a School for Your Child K-12

Are YOU….
Overwhelmed by all the school options at Elementary, Middle, or High School?

Wanting to better understand how the DPS magnet school lottery works?

Just wondering how to make the best choice for your child?

This School Choice Workshop is for any parent with a child who wants to explore your K-12 public school options, including charter, and look at how to choose the best school for your child and family.  The Durham Public Schools (DPS) lottery is January 13-31 with many charter applications due around the same time.  Bring your questions and join us for this hands-on workshop to learn:
·        What options are available
·        What to look for in a school
·        How to evaluate schools based on your child’s and your family’s needs
·        Tips for the magnet school lottery

2 Workshops to choose from:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6:00-8:30PM


Thursday, January 9, 2014, 12:00-1:30PM
   Lunch N Learn—Bring your lunch, Drinks Provided

Durham County Cooperative Extension
721 Foster Street

Registration Requested

For more information, email or call Donna Rewalt 
or (919) 560-0538.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Triangle Youth Leadership Conference Deadline Extended to December 31--Great Opportunity for High School Students

This is a great opportunity for High School Aged Youth...

5th Triangle Youth Leadership Conference

The application deadline for the Triangle Youth Leadership Conference has been extended to December 31.
We are seeking motivated students in any high school grade to apply.
The two-day conference will take place on NC State’s campus from February 28 to March 1, 2014. The conference will cost $75 per student. This cost includes lodging for one night and five meals. Check-in will start at 8:30am on Friday, and checkout will begin Saturday evening. TYLC is put on by Triangle Youth Leadership Services (TYLS). Based out of N.C. State University, we are a completely student-led organization of current Park Scholars and ambitious Wolfpack undergraduates dedicated to community development in North Carolina through youth leadership and empowerment.
Some highlights of this year’s conference include:
  • Workshops presented by N.C. State students on tangible skills such as charismatic leadership, design thinking, harnessing your own personality, followership and other types of leadership, becoming legendary through professionalism and team dynamics.
  • Real-life problem-solving challenges such as fish kills, homelessness, voter apathy, urban congestion, obesity and environmental degradation.
  • Guest speakers and panelists from the N.C. State student body, local industries, and organizations such the N.C. Legislature, the Krispy Kreme Challenge, SAS, and N.C. Special Olympics.
Students can apply to the conference through December 31, 2013 by visiting our website ( For more information, direct questions to Joe Bond, at We hope to hear from you soon!
Devan Riley
TYLC General Director

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Join DPS for the final Community Conversation on Suspension and School Discipline on 12/16

We  have been fortunate to participate in a few of the DPS conversations on discipline and suspensions.  While we have found them valuable and been impressed by the diversity of opinion and ideas, it would be great to see more community members, especially parents and young people as well as those who work with them, at the final conversation.  

On Monday, December 16, DPS will host this fourth Community Conversation with parents, youth, non-profit and faith-based organizations, local businesses, government officials, higher education, housing communities and employees to discuss discipline and suspensions with a particular intent to address the disproportionate impact on African-American males and students with disabilities. 

Final DPS Community Conversation on Suspension and Discipline
Monday, December 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m., White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St. 

Spanish Translation and Child care are available and there was pizza at the last one.  If this is an issue you care about, either up close or from afar, please make every effort to attend.  This is a conversation that ALL can contribute to.  As well, this is an important conversation for the entire Durham community and school board members and administrators are there listening closely. We realize this is a busy time of year, but perhaps you can consider your participation a gift to your community.   Please consider making the time to participate and share your concerns and ideas.   

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Learning about Twice Exceptional Kids--Addressing the Needs of A Child who has a Learning Disability and Gifted at the Same TIme

Families with gifted kids or kids with a learning disability sometimes find that their child is both gifted and has a learning disability, often called Twice Exceptional or 2e.  It sometimes happens that these 2e kids are supported more in one area than the other in the school setting or not identified at all, which can causes challenges in getting the appropriate education for them.  2e students often have vastly different performance in different subjects or skill sets, such as the student who can give a brilliant researched presentation, but who can't put those same thoughts coherently on paper or the kid who is two grades ahead in language arts but doesn't perform at grade level in math.  We've run across several good articles and resources about this topic and wanted to share a few of these with you. Please share your ideas and resources.

We just received this interesting article from Duke TIP which goes into how RTI (response to intervention) is used to address needs.  Be sure to click on some of the links provided.  DPS uses RTI, so this might be helpful for Durham parents.

The 2e Twice Exceptional newsletter is a monthly newsletter resource for parents.  You can read the back issues, which you can search, and sign up here.

Uniquely Gifted is a website dedicated to the concerns of twice exceptional students. There is a quite a lot to weed through on this one.  We would recommend picking one topic, resource, or article to explore at the time. 

Wrightslaw has some great resources in this area; some pertaining to the policy and legal constraints and opportunities. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Riverside Engineering/STEM program has Information Session on 12/4

A Riverside STEM /Engineering pathway information session will be held at the Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road this Wednesday, December 4 from 6-8 pm in the main conference room M1.  Students outside of the Riverside district can also apply for this well-respected rigorous and engaging program.

There will be a presentation of the history, curriculum content, timeline, program features, current student q & a panel, and more.  A student does not have to want to be an engineer to be in the program--this national curriculum also emphasizes critical thinking, planning, perseverance,  teamwork, and other essential skills 

The organizers recommend that you arrive before six to sign in and to allow for a timely start to the session.  
For more information, the contact information for the Program Coordinator is below:
Tim Velegol
Engineering Teacher and Program Coordinator
CTE Department Chair
PLTW School Representative
Riverside High School
3218 Rose of Sharon Road
Durham, NC  27712
Phone:  919-560-3965  x 65170
Fax: 919-560-3798

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DPS Community Conversations on Discipline and Suspensions--December 7, 9, 10, or 16

You may recall that DPS is hosting Community Conversations about school suspensions and discipline generally.  Recent attention around concerns about disproportionate suspensions of  African-American males and students with disabilities have led to this conversation.  This month,  DPS will host four Community Conversations with parents, community members, non-profit and faith-based organizations, local businesses, government officials, higher education, housing communities, and DPS employees.  Students who are of the age to meaningfully participate are also welcome to attend.  It would be a valuable experience for our high school-aged youth.  Childcare is offered for ages 4-12.   

Here are the dates:
·Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Rd.
·Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Northern High School at 117 Tom Wilkinson Rd.
·Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, 800 Clayton Rd.
·TBA Monday, December 16, Location TBA—This date is being added and a site is sought, so you won't see it on the registration.

Registration is requested, particularly if you need childcare.  To REGISTER for any of the dates, please click the link below:     

Community moderators and facilitators will be participating along with DPS staff at the conversations.  Martinette Horner (UNC) and Donna Rewalt (Cooperative Extension), both co-chairs of the Superintendent’s Closing the Gap Task Force and DPS parents will be alternating as the moderators for all of the sessions.  The conversations engage participants on concerns, what might be working, and strategies and solutions to address the concerns. This is a really important conversation for our community.  Please consider attending one of the sessions to share your ideas or encourage others to participate.