THE BIG CONVERSATION
Progress and Challenges in Our Schools
The Annual Big Conversation
- Why are we talking about schools and racism together?
- Weren’t the race problems in the schools solved in the 1960’s when the schools were integrated through Brown vs the Board of Education?
- How does poverty affect education?
- What is a school equity policy? Why do we have one? What are the DELT teams?
- How does racism and bias affect discipline, hiring, teacher retention, delivery of the curriculum and the curriculum content?
- How do you define the “Achievement Gap? Whose gap is it anyway?
- How do these issues affect my taxes?
These and other questions will be address during the Big Conversation on January 13.
MSP’s Annual Big Conversation is Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 pm. The focus for this civil dialogue is, Dismantling Racism: The Progress and Challenges in our Schools. The venue is the Patuxent High School auditorium. Doors open for registration at 1:30 p.m.
The forum will consist of a moderated panel discussion, and small group sessions led by trained facilitators. In the small groups, participants will share their stories, concerns and offer their suggestions for the superintendents of schools and other elected officials.
As always with the Big Conversations, the intent is to present multiple points of view on issues. To this end the panel will include:
- Daniel Curry, Calvert County Schools Superintendent,
- Janice Walthour, St. Mary’s NAACP President and longtime educator,
- Guffrie M. Smith, Jr., Retired educator, native of St. Mary’s County/ resident of Calvert County, with a diverse career including 33.5 years with Calvert County Public Schools and 6.5 years with the Maryland State Department of Education,
- Will Wiggins, CEO Remnant Center of Excellence, Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars,
- Other panelists may include a member of the Closing the Gap Collation, and students.
This Big Conversation on local education affects all of us: taxpayers, grandparents, parents, educators, students and businesses. Come join the conversation and bring a friend!
More information email or 410-326-4948 and ask to be connected with the Big Conversation.