Equity, Inclusion & Excellence

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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A Call to ActionOn 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.

 

CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center. Dr. Mary Black answers questions posed in a previous forum as participants listen. CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center. Dr. Mary Black answers questions posed in a previous forum as participants listen. CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center. CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center. CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center. CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center. CCS & NAACP Call to Action Forum, Dec 3, 2019, at Educational Resource Center.

 

        
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.

        
CCS Educators Participate in the “Color of Education” Forum
Published by Jovan Denaut on October 28, 2019
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CCS educators participated in the “Color of Education” forum that was held Saturday, October 26, at the Raleigh Convention Center. This conference was focused on issues of racism, discrimination and diversity in public education. The day was packed with break out sessions presented by individuals and organizations that are on the forefront. The conference culminated in a Keynote Address by social justice activist Ta-Nehisi Coates in which he spoke and took questions from the audience.

        
Equity-Focused Classroom Management Facilitators Work with International Teachers
Published by Jovan Denaut on October 24, 2019
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Two of the Equity-Focused Classroom Management Facilitators, Jemn Hershberger and Mazetta Dorsey, presented to a group of international teachers who teach in Cumberland County Schools on Oct 16 and Oct 23.

International Teacher Workshop

They led the international teachers through an examination of the differences between their home culture and that found in here in Fayetteville and how that impacts their classrooms. After a comparative activity and lively discussion, they began working with them on strategies and tips for being successful in a classroom and school that may be very different from their home country. After the two face-to-face sessions, the facilitators lead the international teachers through an online book study.

Click here to learn more about Equity-Focused Classroom Management and other courses.

 

        
CCS Attends Groundwater Training Hosted by Organizing Against Racism
Published by Jovan Denaut on October 22, 2019
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Saturday, October 19, 2019, Organizing Against Racism – Cumberland County (OAR-CC) held its first Groundwater Training at Methodist University. The training was from 9 am to 3 pm and focused on the roots of racism in the United States. Members of the Cumberland County Schools were in attendance and gained insight into the foundations of racism and discrimination from the founding of the country to its effects in the 20th Century. Monica Walker with the Racial Equity Institute gave a dynamic and informative presentation. Cumberland County Schools will continue to work with the organizations that support OAR-CC.

        
CIEC Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Published by Jovan Denaut on October 14, 2019
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Cumberland County Schools celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Our students at Cumberland International Early College celebrated the month with flair by participating in the Fayetteville International Folk Festival. This group of talented students participated in the Parade of Nations and later they performed with a Colombian dance troupe, of which they are members.

Cumberland International Early College perform in the Fayetteville International Folk Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Cumberland International Early College perform in the Fayetteville International Folk Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Cumberland International Early College perform in the Fayetteville International Folk Festival

        
CCS AND NAACP WORK TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED
Published by Jovan Denaut on October 9, 2019
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Fayetteville, NC – Cumberland County Schools (CCS) and the Cumberland County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are working together to review current strategies and develop new approaches to embrace restorative practices and reduce out-of-school suspensions.

Dozens of community stakeholders recently filled a meeting room at the Cliffdale Regional Branch Library for a School Discipline Forum. The forum, titled Alternatives to Suspensions: Rethinking School Discipline, provided information on the effects of suspensions, efforts to stop the school-to-prison pipeline and how the community can work together to improve academic and life outcomes for CCS students. Click here to read more: CCS and NAACP Work to Help Students Succeed

 

        
Chris Emdin Speaks at Convocation about Equity and Reaching Our Students
Published by Jovan Denaut on August 20, 2019
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On August 14, Chris Emdin, author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll, Too, gave an electric talk to a capitvated crowd of teachers, staff and administrators at the Crown Expo Center. By the time Emdin took the stage, the crowd was excited and engaged having participated in a group-themed “Name that Tune” and departmental dance contests featuring the Wobble and the Electric Slide. The Cruise Ship theme was an excellent launching pad for Dr. Emdin’s message.

Dr. Emdin stressed that educators should be authentic and enthusiastic in their authenticity, calling it ratchedemics”. Teachers and staff responded positively to Dr. Emdin’s message. After it was over, many shared that their understanding had grown and that they were going to revisit how they interact with their students.

        
Graig Meyer Shares the Six Strategies for Equity with CCS
Published by Jovan Denaut on August 8, 2019
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Graig Meyer of the Equity Collaborative standing outside in white shirt with arms crossedGraig Meyer of the Equity Collaborative spoke to the staff of Cumberland County Schools’ Early Colleges and Early Start schools. The CCS staff who were present at Graig’s presentation received the information and participated energetically.

In both sessions, Graig delivered a fascinating overview of six strategies that work with students of color. These six strategies were derived from a group of students who were pulled together as advisors to Meyer’s organization The Equity Collaborative. In seeing students as the true customer base of schools, Graig Meyers decided to use them as their main resource for content and as their presenters.

 

        

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