Equity, Inclusion & Excellence

Check Out Our New Podcast: Issues Now! Conversations about Equity
Published by Jovan Denaut on August 4, 2020
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The CCS Equity, Inclusion, and Excellence Department has launched a podcast entitled Issues Now! Conversations about Equity.  Hannah Gray, the assistant principal at Cliffdale Elementary School created, developed, and hosts this podcast.  Issues Now! highlights issues of equity in education by talking with experts in the field as well as teachers and administrators in the county who are putting equitable practices in action. 

Our first episode, which aired on July 29, 2020, and is available on Buzzsprout (a podcast hosting site), Spotify podcasts, and Apple podcasts, features several equity leaders from our county.  We are so excited about the future of this podcast.  Future topics include equity amongst the pandemic, how to be an anti-racist teacher, social-emotional learning and equity, LGBTQ+ students and staff, and many others! We hope you will listen in and help us spread the message of equitable and impartial treatment for each and every student in our schools!

        
What’s Going On with Our Country: Frank Conversations about Equity
Published by Jovan Denaut on June 24, 2020
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Session 1, June 17: Why the protesting? What is social injustice and what does it have to do with systemic racism and white privilege? Why are people all over the world protesting?

The murder of George Floyd was the spark that set the world on fire, but what were the underlying conditions that were like dry kindling waiting to erupt into flames? We’ll delve into social justice, systemic racism, white privilege, inequality, and equity in this five-session professional development. We’ll be using Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility, to drive our inquiry.

Session 2, June 24: Why do we have to have the hard painful, uncomfortable conversations?

Why has it been so difficult for the US to move forward? What role does the educational system play in this? It’s time to have the excruciatingly painful and very uncomfortable conversations. We’ll begin discussing the book White Fragility as it applies to this issue.

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May is Asian Pacific American Month
Published by Jovan Denaut on May 7, 2020
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Did you know that May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month? CCS with its military connections has many students who are first-generation from Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. We also have many students whose parents and grandparents hail from these areas.

        
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CLASS OF 2020: HOPE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Published by Jovan Denaut on April 5, 2020
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Dear Senior:

When you walked through the doors of your high school on the last “first day of school” of your high school career, I am sure you were full of optimism and ready to take in all of the memories that your senior year would bring—homecomings, college acceptance letters, prom and ultimately, your high school graduation.

Unfortunately, the pandemic known as COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to life as we know it. I am certain you are disappointed. Frankly, I am disappointed, too. I am disappointed that your senior year has been disrupted, and many of the moments you have dreamed of for years are hanging in the balance. Believe me, I know it is uncomfortable and downright frustrating at times. However, I optimistically believe with all my heart that we—you, your classmates and all of us who are rallying behind you—will emerge from this experience stronger than ever before. Click here to read more: An Open Letter to the Class of 2020

        
CCS IS PROVIDING CURB-SIDE MEAL PICK-UPS FOR THE FOOD INSECURE
Published by Jovan Denaut on April 2, 2020
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Like most counties in the state and states in the nation, CCS has families who suffer with food insecurity. For many of our children, school is the one place where they can receive balanced, nutritious meals. With that in mind, CCS is providing any child under the age of 18 with lunch and breakfast for the following day via curb-side pick-locations. Please click here to read more about this program and find a location near you.

        
Black History Month – Abraham Galloway
Published by Jovan Denaut on February 14, 2020
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Guest Post by Demetrius Haddock, CCS Educator

It is Black History Month and in that spirit, I am sharing a little of the story of Abraham Galloway who was a major figure during the Civil War and Reconstruction period from North Carolina. This formerly enslaved American hero placed his stamp on the Civil War and the early Reconstruction years thereafter.

To quote the author of The Fire of Freedom, David Cecelski, in his speech on Galloway, “he seemed to be everywhere. One moment he was conspiring to launch…’a second John Brown attack against the South,’ this time from a base in Haiti. The next he was…”inciting insurrection in Virginia slave communities.’ The next he was deep behind enemy lines in Mississippi. The next he was rescuing his mother from [enslavement] in Wilmington, NC.”

“We choose the death of a hero over the life of a slave” spoke Galloway at a celebration of the first anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1864.

If you have never heard of him, Galloway is worthy of your attention as he led a large segment of Black America to fight and tip the balance of the Civil War to that of the United States that we know today.

Share this story of an American hero in the fight for freedom with others.

Have a great day.

        
CCS Awarded SWIFT Equity MTSS Research Project
Published by Jovan Denaut on December 10, 2019
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Cumberland County Schools has been awarded a SWIFT grant to support and deepen our implementation of equity practices and the multi-tiered system of support. Four school districts across the nation and 70 schools have been selected to participate in this research study. Our district is one of those districts and has been granted funding for 22 schools to take part in Cohort 1 and 2. Cohort 1 will begin participation this year, 2019-2020. Cohort 2 will begin participation next year, 2020-2021.

        
CCS Hosts “A Call to Action” with the NAACP
Published by Jovan Denaut on December 6, 2019
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On Tuesday, December 3, Cumberland County Schools hosted “A Call to Action: Community Support for Public Schools” in conjunction with the Fayetteville Chapter of the NAACP. Turnout was robust with parents and members of the Board of Education, City Council and the community present. State representatives were also present. This forum explored:

  • Eliminating racial disparities in school suspensions
  • Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Providing support for low-performing schools
  • Creating a better future for youth in Cumberland County

This forum was a follow up to the “Alternatives to Suspensions: Rethinking School Discipline” forum that was held on September 19, 2019. It addressed questions raised during the September 19 forum. The Superintendents and department heads were present to answer these questions.

This forum discussion started at 6 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center, 396 Elementary Drive, Fayetteville, NC.

 

        
National Native American Heritage Month
Published by Jovan Denaut on November 1, 2019
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Young Native American Girl at the Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The month of November is National Native American Heritage Month. This month is the perfect time to look at the true history of indigenous peoples in the United States, their state of education and famous educators, inventors, celebrities and notable figures in history. This month is an opportunity for CCS to begin a deeper dive into these people’s heritage and history.

        

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