Next Wednesday, take the next step for our kids.
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Dear <<First Name>>,

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.

Click here to access the agenda. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early in order to sign up to speak during public comment and share your perspective with our school board members

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.  

Stay connected to the conversation and more importantly, action steps, by reaching Dr. Kaye Burnside at (510) 778-8248 or Cristal Banagan at (510) 692-1949. The group meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Lovonya DeJean Middle School.
4. Save and share the Data Equity Walk Presentation.

Click here to access a file containing all 12 data points presented last night. Forward this data to your networks. Print out copies to distribute to your fellow parent and teacher leaders. Include it in your community organization's team newsletter. Provide context by sharing your unique take on the data, based on your experiences with our schools and kids. Visit The Education Trust -- West to learn more about data and accountability that can drive change for our students.
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.
In community,

Natalie Walchuk
Executive Director
GO Public Schools West Contra Costa
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.
Feel the urgency of now. Give to GO today.
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