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:
services/student-family-and- community-services/community- conversations-on-suspensions
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.