Past Equity and Student Support Events
Juneteenth is the nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery. The celebration marks a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after the end of the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Initially a uniquely Texan observance, Juneteenth has now been recognized in some form in every corner of the country.
Although the truth had been hidden from them—and they continued to face threats of continued oppression, violence, and death—a year after they learned of their freedom, formerly enslaved people resiliently rallied around that date and made the celebration an annual ritual. Early Juneteenth observances included a search for lost family members and an opportunity to uplift one another as Black people, thriving in the face of hostile environments.
In celebrating Juneteenth, we need to recognize the challenges that those who fight injustice have always faced, but the holiday shouldn’t be marked only by the tragedy of enslavement. Indeed, Juneteenth is a jubilant celebration of culture, activism, and the humanity of a people.
To help younger students learn more about this holiday, you may wish to use the PBS video Juneteenth: All About the Holidays.
Equity Coffee Chat
- Have questions or thoughts you'd like to share about equity practices in CSD?
- Want equity-based instructional ideas?
- Just want to practice having (or want to think through) a courageous conversation about race?
We're moving online! Drop-in for a virtual coffee chat each Tuesday & Thursday until May 19th 2020.
CSD Employees - Join Zoom Meeting
Tuesdays 10-11 am & Thursdays 6-7 pm
Meeting ID: 180 868 338
CSD Parents & Community - Join Zoom Meeting
Thursdays 5-6 pm & Tuesdays 11-12 pm
Meeting ID: 953 512 229
Westchester Equity Events
Westchester Elementary is doing some really exciting things this semester!
Book Study: “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving
WE parents are invited to join Mrs. Querubin once a month for the next four months for conversation around the text.
- Feb. 11 - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
- March 10 - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
- March 25 - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
- April 15 - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
- May 13 - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Movie Nights: “Race the Power of Illusion”
Join Ms. Lofstrand in the WE Media Center for a viewing and 30-minute discussion of each episode.
Scientists tell us that believing in biological races is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. So if race is a biological myth, where did the idea come from? And why should it matter today? RACE—The Power of an Illusion provides an eye-opening discussion tool to help people examine their beliefs about race, privilege, policy, and justice.
- Episode 1: “The Difference Between Us” - Feb. 25th - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
- Episode 2: “The Story We Tell” - March 24th - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
- Episode 3: “The House We Live In” - April 14th - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Elise Witt: Winnona Park Artist in Residence, Spring Semester 2020
Elise Witt will be partnering with Kindergarten to compose an original piece of vocal music in Spanish and in English to highlight the insects found in the Winnona Park garden. This piece will debut at our Celebration of Student Learning on April 2nd at 8:30 a.m. She will also serve as Artist in Residence and will lead Community Circle several times to help us expand our repertoire. This is part of a grant from the Decatur Education Foundation. It is called the Zara Yee Hawthorne Arts Infusion Grant.
Black History Month Living History Museum
The Diversity Committee at Winnona Park is excited for their Black History Month Celebration on February 27, 2020. The Kindergartners will be representing Science, the First Graders will be representing Technology and the Second Graders will be representing Engineering and Math. The Living Museum presentations will start at 6:30. Other elements of the evening include:
- A Walk of Knowledge photo exhibit highlighting African-American's in STEM.
- A hands-on presentation for the students led by 10-year-old neuroscientist, Amoy AntuNet.
- A presentation for parents from Maxine Cain from STEM Atlanta Women.
If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to LaToya Tucciarone at email@example.com.
Glennwood Culture Night
Glennwood Culture Night - Sunday, Jan. 26th
On Sunday, January 26, Glennwood Elementary celebrated what culture means to them and their families. Glennwood families represented over a dozen different cultures with their family's food, cultural items, instruments, books, experiences and demonstrations all in the hopes of sharing their culture with the entire Glennwood community. Cultures represented included Kenya, China, India, Norway, Ecuador, Nigeria, Japan, Puerto Rico, Jordan, Korea, Scotland, Vietnam, Lebanon and the Bahamas. Cultural performances included flamenco dancing, jiu jitsu demonstrations, Irish jigs, and a special performance by the Atlanta Junkanoo Group! A wonderful night was had by all who celebrated the rich cultures represented within our Glennwood community. It was a nice of what makes Glennwood such a special place!
Hosted by: Glennwood PTA - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
Talley Street Black History Month Celebration
Mark your calendars for Talley Street Upper Elementary School's Black History Month Celebration on Friday, February 28th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Talley gymnasium. We invite you and your families to enjoy spoken word, musical and dance performances in celebration of Black History - Past, Present, Future
Winnona Park Peace & Pie - Thurs, Jan. 23rd, 2020
Winnona Park Peace & Pie - Thurs, Jan. 23rd
WP's second Peace and Pie event of the school year was held on Thursday, January 23rd in the WP cafeteria. Attendees enjoyed an evening of great food and meaningful conversation.
Freshmen Discuss the Central Park Five
As part of a Civinomics unit on civil rights and civil liberties, DHS partnered with the Georgia Innocence Project to teach our students about the issues surrounding wrongful conviction in the US justice system. On Wednesday, October 16, while sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT, all ninth-graders participated in a viewing of the Ken Burns' documentary The Central Park Five. Students engaged with their advisors in a facilitated discussion of the film using questions developed by PBS. They also participated in classroom lessons co-designed with the Georgia Innocence Project to further explore the factors that contribute to wrongful conviction. Finally, on October 24, during advisement, all ninth graders attended a talk by Calvin Johnson, the first man in Georgia exonerated based on DNA with the help of the New York Innocence Project. Mr. Johnson shared his story with students and gave them an opportunity to ask questions.
DHS Changes Homecoming Court Titles to Promote Inclusivity
The DHS student government considered a variety of proposals and chose to use the titles of "homecoming royalty" and "homecoming monarchs" for each class, rather than naming gender-specific representation. These changes were communicated to all DHS students when they were asked to vote for their representatives. This approach creates a more inclusive process of representation that celebrates DHS's wonderfully diverse student body. At the half time this year, they will announce the first Homecoming Monarchs. Students selected could be any combination of DHS seniors: male, female, and/or non-binary.
Sexual Health and Safety of Persons with Disabilities - October 10th
Presented by Kristen Lewis and Emma Barry (Attorneys with Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP) Our presenters will address the scope of the sexual abuse of persons with disabilities, share anecdotes from clients who volunteered to be interviewed on this subject, highlight the factors associated with an increased risk of abuse among persons with disabilities, emphasize signs that reveal the possibility that abuse has occurred, and describe how to create and implement an “Individual Response Plan” to help minimize the risk that such abuse will occur.
* All families are welcome but families of middle and high school students are highly recommended to attend.
Date: October 10, 2019
Location: Wilson Center, 125 Electric Avenue Decatur, GA 30030
Time: 6:15pm -7:15pm
The guest speakers would like for families to RSVP their attendance. For RSVP and questions please contact Cheryl Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHS ALA Great Stories Club - 3 October 2019
The ALA TRHT Great Stories program will begin next Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. This club is led by Ms. Ifuede Hill, DHS Media Specialist, who also procured the grant that funds the program. Students from a variety of races and ethnicities are represented in this club and use stories from various key texts to explore questions of race, equity, identity, and history through Racial Healing Circles, Great Books and the arts. Details: The club will introduce a new title each month and meet for two sessions per month/title. October 2019's book will be "The Shadow Hero" by cartoonist and teacher Gene Luen Yang.
On October 3rd students will participate in a "Racial Healing Circle" and receive a free copy of the book (to keep).
On October 11th, students will work with a visiting artist.
*Students can select just one book & participate in only two sessions OR or they can sign up for all five books/10 sessions. Contact Ms. Hill for more information, or, sign up to participate by using this link.
Students Organized for Anti-Racism "Beyond Diversity" Workshop
This workshop supports students in their journey towards becoming anti-racism champions by helping them hold Courageous Conversations about race. See the students in action in the slide show on this page... https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/430
Beyond Diversity CSD Employee Seminar - Sept 23 & 24, 2019
This particular seminar, sponsored by City Schools of Decatur, gives the employees of CSD an opportunity to do the internal work of having Courageous Conversations about race.
Beyond Diversity Community Seminar - February 6 and 7, 2020
Engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools; and practice using strategies for identifying and addressing policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact achievement for students’ of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education.
If you are interested in attending this community training, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you as soon as final decisions have been made.
Please only complete the form if you know for certain that you are able to attend both full days of the training, which will be held Thursday, February 6th and Friday, February 7th from 8:30a-3:30pm.
Contact the Decatur Education Foundation for more information.
Great Stories Program: Program and Panel Discussion - Aug 27, 2019, 4:30-6pm
This event uses powerful literary stories of oppression, resistance, suffering, and triumph to identify the roots of racialized experiences today and to discuss how to construct more equitable futures. This event includes a "registration" for students and parents interested in participating in Great Stories, a community lecture by Dr. Nia Reed (Georgia State University, CDC), and a panel discussion. Where: DHS Library Learning Commons Theatre