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2011-2012 Parent Academy: Conversations About Race

posted Sep 28, 2011, 8:36 AM by L M
Course Name:
Stories and Conversation for Parents about Race, Diversity and the Achievement Gap in the Arlington Public Schools: 2011-2012

Course Description: 
Stories and Conversation about Race, Diversity and the Achievement Gap is a discussion group for APS parents and community members, provided by the Office of Minority Achievement. The goal is to develop parents’ ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations, to explore culture, identity and privilege, to provide participants with concrete skills for engaging in difficult conversations related to race, and other forms of bias, and to create communities that actively counter racism. This discussion is a part of the SEED initiative, seeking educational equity and diversity, and it parallels the teacher training in cultural competence now taking place in APS.

Any APS parent or community member is welcome to register free of charge. However, preference for enrollment will be given to parents from Arlington Science Focus (ASF), the host school, and from Key, Jamestown and Taylor ES. ASF, Jamestown and Taylor are doing teacher training in cultural competence this year. 

For further information, an agenda for the first session, etc., please contact:
* Marty Swaim, 703-525-3475,
* Maureen Nesselrode, ASF Asst. Principal, 703-228-7670,
* Louise Ku-Graf, ASF parent,
* Dulce Carrillo, 703-228-0751,

For registration, please contact Marty Swaim or OMA, Sharon Goode at 703-228-6152 

Course Dates:
Start date: Monday, 10/3/11
    Tentative: Monday, 10/17, 11/7, 12/5, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, and 3/19/12

Course Time:
7:00-9:30 p.m.

Marty Swaim and Dulce Carrillo

Class Location:
Arlington Science Focus Elementary, 1501 N. Lincoln St. 22201(about 6 blocks from the Virginia Square Metro station and various bus routes)

Room for discussion: TBA

Course Duration: 10 sessions

Maximum Number of Participants: 15