Published on February 17, 2014
Ad Hoc Committee on Cultural Competence & Racial Equity October 2013
Lansing Early Childhood Equity Partnership Presenter: Angela Waters Austin One Love Global
Mich. panel weighs holding back reading deficient third graders A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on new legislation to prohibit students from starting fourth grade without passing the state reading test in third grade. One-third or 33,000 of Michigan’s third-graders, weren’t proficient in reading on last year’s test. - October 30, 2013 Associated Press
What We Accomplished June – September 2013: • Purpose • Process • Participants • Proceedings • Priorities • Partner Engagement
Purpose • Meet and come back to GSC and LECEP with a plan • Identify topics and things we can do • A multi-level approach is needed • Shape recommendations that others in the community may take on long-term
Participants Hon. Donald Allen, 55th District Court, Ingham Change Initiative Sarah Anthony, Ingham County Board of Commissioners Angela Waters Austin, One Love Global Ward Beard, N.E.O.N. Stephanie Butler, Church of Greater Lansing Pam Eaton Champion, Pam’s Academy for Champions Katie Ellero, Power of We Consortium, AMERICORPS DeLisa Fountain, N.E.O.N. Rose Henderson, Power of We Consortium Shanell Henry, N.E.O.N. Mina Hong, Michigan’s Children Kindra Jackson, Kindra’s Precious Care Sandra Johnson Cameo King, One Love Global Teresa Kmetz, Capital Area United Way Cassandre Larrieux, Ingham County Health Department Tiffany Lemieux-McKissic, Asset Independence Coalition Laurie Linscott, Michigan State University Tim Lloyd, N.E.O.N. Barb Monroe, Office for Young Children Michelle Nicholson, Ingham Great Start Collaborative Sharon Rogers, Capital Area Community Services Head Start MC Rothhorn, N.E.O.N., Great Start Family Coalition Derrell Slaughter, MI Public Service Commission Isaias Solis, Power of We Consortium Lia Spaniolo, Power of We Consortium Ken Sperber, Ingham Great Start Collaborative Valerie Thonger, Ingham Great Start Collaborative Adam Williams, N.E.O.N. Jerome Vierling, Sounds Good Ministries
A grateful thanks to committee members for sharing your hearts and minds to help our community cast a vision for improving outcomes for children by removing barriers created by racialized policies, practices and perceptions.
Process: Dialogue • • • • • Organizing and Agenda Setting (utilizing the Racial Equity Collective Impact diagram and process to build an inclusive committee to develop an action agenda for improving outcomes for Black males) Storytelling (drawing on the personal experiences of all to equalize power for trust and relationship building) Asset Mapping (data collection designed to build on strengths rather than deficits) Issues Identification (developing a shared understanding of problems and potential solutions) Goal Alignment and Prioritization (applying solutions to NEON SMART objective and data to promote collective action with families)
Proceedings: Dialogue Themes
Priority Alignment Which actions are most likely to have an impact on closing the gap in 3rd grade reading scores between Black children and White children?.
Structural Racism Priorities
Community of Practice • Employ the best tools and thinking in identification of structural racism barriers • Commit to working on multiple levels to combat structural racism • Learn by doing through collective action to close gap in 3rd grade reading scores • Serve as champions for racial equity in early childhood
Next Step: Partnership • Report out on ad hoc committee to targeted constituencies (October 31 - ongoing) • Extend partnership agreements to bring existing resources into the CoP (November 15) • Determine GSC members that will participate in the CoP (by November 20) • Launch the Community of Practice for Racial Equity & Healing (December 2) • Complete individual and collective assessments (by January 31)
Thank you for your interest in improving outcomes in early childhood for children of color. Proceedings If your organization is interested in joining the CoP, please contact Angela Waters Austin – firstname.lastname@example.org
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