Expanding Cultural Capacity
In District 49, our current student achievement and growth data indicates that students in various sub-groups are not growing academically at the rate we would like to see. These groups of students include minority students, as well as students from poverty, students with disabilities and English language learners. To better focus on the needs of every student, we coordinate for and participate in events that strive to expand cultural capacities in school communities, focusing on both awareness and inclusion initiatives. We often provide support for conference fees for staff using grant funding specifically targeted for culturally responsive teaching strategies. We also routinely offer transportation for district participants.
Educating Children of Color Summit
Theme: We Can't Wait
When: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Colorado CollegeWho: High school and undergraduate students, parents and educational, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals.
Why: The Educating Children of Color Summit at Colorado College is a diversity program open to all high school students, their parents and educational professionals. In previous years, District 49 was represented at the summit by students, parents and community members from all ethnic backgrounds, and a diverse range of our students have earned scholarships and laptops at the event. The summit's work sessions are proactive approaches to unraveling adverse trends linking specific ethnic backgrounds to poverty, dropping out of school, delinquency, child welfare and foster care systems.
Motivational Speakers: Dartanyon Crockett, Paralympic Medalist
Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Author, Educator and Activist
Dr. Gwen Webb-Hasan, Author, Educator and Activist
Cost: Free to students and parents; $35 for professionals. Registration fees support youth scholarships and educational gifts for post-secondary education. To date, ECOC has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships and given away more than 120 laptops.
District 49 staff will register via the AhA! Network. Parents, students, and other professionals can register directly at EducatingChildrenofColor.org.
Registration closes Dec. 23, 2017.
Conflict Resolution Month
By proclamation of the governor, Colorado’s conflict resolution month is October. However, conflict resolution is an important part of District 49’s culture everyday. Our commitment to restorative practices incorporates resolving conflict through identifying and owning harm that was caused, allowing the harmed party to have a voice in resolving the affects of the harm, and working together to make things right with the goal of reintegrating the person who caused harm into the community. Let’s use conflict resolution month to reflect on our relationships over the past year and redouble our efforts to restore the relationships that have remained broken.
Find events supporting conflict resolution initiative in our community at ConflictResolutionMonth.org.
African American Youth Leadership Conference
When: March 10, 2018 9:00am- 5:00pm
Where: El Pomar Sports Center 14 E Cache La Poudre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903Why: Since the first African-American Youth Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs on Jan. 16, 1992, the conference has steadily grown in stature, serving 400 students each year, on average, and has gained the overwhelming support of corporate, civic, academic, religious, fraternal, social organizations and individuals in the community. The conference content encompasses the following areas:
Project Alpha provides education for young males 12-15 years old on sexuality, fatherhood and the role of males in relationships. Motivates young men to make decisions about their goals and values, and act in ways that support their decisions. Builds young men’s skills through role-playing. For more information, download the welcome letter from the executive director or visit AAYLC-CO.org.
- A Workshop for parents: Covering Finance, College, Student Assistance
- Uniquely designed courses: Encompassing Money Management, Careers, History, Internet Safety,
- The Science Guy (fun, interactive science)
- A Leadership Institute: Providing tactics for meeting the challenges of the Real World
- Lunchtime entertainment: Local talent, Music Groups, Dance Groups and Drill Teams
- Project Alpha (optional): Teaching male students to be a “Man of Distinction”