Help our schools overcome racial challenges
Our public school system is important to each and every one of us in Southern Maryland. It is, without a doubt, the largest single investment that we make in the future of our children and our community.
The Big Conversation Partnership for Dismantling Racism and Privilege in Southern Maryland invites you to attend a communitywide civil conversation on “Progress and Challenges in Our Schools.”
This free event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby.
Information and discussion will include perceived and actual needs and challenges in the public schools in regards to: achievement, diversity, equity, teacher recruitment and retention, discipline, curriculum content, student outcomes, and workforce and community engagement.
Panelists, who will share their insight on our progress to date and challenges still ahead, include: Dan Curry, superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools; Janice Walthour, president of the St. Mary’s Branch NAACP and retired educator; Guffrie M. Smith Jr., retired teacher and administrator in CCPS for 33 years and seven years with Maryland State Department of Education; and Col. Will Wiggins, CEO of the Remnant Center of Excellence, as well as other invited representatives (community members and students).
You, as a concerned community member, will have the opportunity to join together in facilitated small group conversation to share your thoughts, stories and concerns related to these issues. Small group results will then be reported back to the larger assembly.
This Big Conversation on local education affects all of us: taxpayers, parents, grandparents, educators, students and businesses. Come join the conversation and bring a friend.
For additional information about the upcoming event, contact The Big Conversation at big[email protected] gmail.com or 410-326-4948, or go to www.middlehamandstpeters.org/christian-formation/big-conversation.
This event is sponsored by The Big Conversation Partnership for Dismantling Racism and Privilege in Southern Maryland, including: Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, All Saints Episcopal Church, Emmanuel SDA Church, Patuxent Friends (Quaker) Meeting, Calvert County Public Schools, Calvert Library, Calvert County Branch NAACP, St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP, Mediation Centers of Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County and Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars.