Dear HCPSS Families,
Teachers and education support professionals of color in Howard County are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action from Monday, February 5th through Friday, February 9th. During the day, teachers across the county will be implementing Black Lives Matter Week of Action Curriculum designed for Pre-K to 12th grade classrooms. After school, events will be held for educators, students, and community members to actively engage in the movement.
The Howard County Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action is one of dozens being organized across the country. The 13 guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter movement will be highlighted during this week of action as a means of challenging the insidious legacy of institutionalized racism and oppression that has plagued American society since its founding. There will be events, both online, and in each city, throughout the week, as well as curriculum resources for lesson plans and activities based upon the 13 Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter. Below are the 2-3 principles for each day of action:
Monday, February 5th: Unapologetically Black, Restorative justice, empathy and loving engagement
Tuesday, February 6th: Diversity and globalism.
Wednesday, February 7th: Queer affirming, trans affirming, and collective value.
Thursday, February 8th: Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages.
Friday, February 9th: Centering Black women.
This week will also promote local demands that build on the momentum of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Howard County demands are:
Mandate cultural proficiency, bias, and Restorative Justice training for educators.
Hire Educators of Color
Institute Ethnic Studies &BLM at School Week of Action EVENTS Culturally Relevant Curriculum (K-12)
Attached is a flier highlighting the evening events that will take place during the week of action. Each evenings’ event is open to press, where educators who organized the event will be available for interviews.
BLM at School Week of Action EVENTS
Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman is welcoming Howard County residents to participate in the Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:00pm. The location for this event is at North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723.
Please contact Christina Kwata at 410-313-2050 for additional information. Attached is the flyer for further review.
Please join Howard County Public Schools for an upcoming Academic Enrichment Fair, Saturday, November 4, 2017. The fair will be held at Long Reach High School, located at 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045. Please see the flyer below for additional information.
Please join us for our first Community Academy Session of the 2017/2018 school year. At the October 7th session, we will discuss how to navigate the HCPSS, the role of the school counselors, psychologists and PPW school resources and other helpful information. The session will be held at Oakland Mills Middle School, located at 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045, from 9:00am to 11:15am.
We hope you can join us. Below is the link for additional information regarding the session.
NavigatingHCPSS 10_7_17 flyer
TCOE Announces the dates and topics for this year’s Community Academies. The first academy will be held this Saturday, October 7, 2017. Please click the link below for additional information regarding the topics that will be held at each academy.
The NAACP is participating in the ACT-SO Event – Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics – Program Kic-Off. The event will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00am – 12-noon at Oakland Mills Middle School, 6540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045. Please contact Ms. Annie Foster at 443-739-5183. Attached is the flyer for additional information:
The NAACP is holding an advocacy event on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Harper’s Choice Middle School. The location for the event is 5450 Beaverkill Road, Columbia, Maryland 21044. Please see the flyer below for additional information. Please come and learn how we can come together to support our community.