Last night was a powerful and emotional evening. I left Black Minds Matter hopeful and humbled by the amazing expertise and commitment in the room. I left unsatisfied and filled with urgency, as the current experiences and opportunities available to our Black youth are unacceptable.
Most, I left driven to begin the journey forward and plan next steps in partnership with you and our Local Leadership Council, whose strong roots in our community and education system bring insight and guidance to our work.
We know the issues discussed yesterday are complex and challenging. We won’t solve them in one meeting or action. However, last night we did strengthen our relationships, begin to understand each other’s perspectives, and commit to to the deep work ahead.
Together, we'll develop an action plan to change outcomes for Black youth in West Contra Costa. Please get started by taking the following four steps:
1. Next Wednesday 5/18, attend WCCUSD Board of Education's Special Study Session on African American Achievement from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Lovonya DeJean Middle School.
2. Attend our Action Planning Meeting on Thursday, August 18, where together we'll develop an action and accountability plan to engage our district in specific goals around better serving Black students in the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
You'll hear from us via e-mail with more details about the event, so please stay plugged in.
3. Get involved with WCCUSD's African American Parent Group.
Thank you for going above and beyond to ensure that our Black students in West Contra Costa receive the high-quality education they deserve. Please contact us to share feedback about last night's event and/or any other context you would like us to know. We look forward to continuing to listen, learn, and shape the path forward in service of all kids -- because it can be done.
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Our Vision // Nuestra Vision
Every child in West Contra Costa receives a quality education to fully participate and succeed in life and work in the twenty-first century // Cada estudiante en West Contra Costa obtendrá una educación de calidad para poder participar plenamente y obtener el éxito en la vida y en el trabajo en el siglo veintiuno.