DTEC-TAG November 2019 E-News
DTEC-TAG Updates
Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (P.U.S.H.O.U.T.) Act
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.)
(L-R) Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) and Dr. Monique Morris address the crowd at the Briefing on School Pushout and the Criminalization and Over-policing of Black and Brown Girls in Schools at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 5.
Students share their experiences of being victims of school Pushout among African-American, Hispanic and Indigenous girls.
On December 5th, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7) and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) brought together youth, researchers and policy experts to examine policies and practices that contribute to school pushout, solutions to the criminalization and miseducation of Black and brown girls that has led to overly harsh school disciplinary practices, alarming high school dropout rates, and the funneling of youth into the US criminal legal system through the school-to-confinement pathway.

At the briefing, Representatives Pressley and Omar announced the introduction of the Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-Based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (PUSHOUT) Act, bold legislation that will work to disrupt the school-to-confinement pipeline by investing in safe and nurturing school environments for all students, especially girls of color.

The comprehensive legislative proposal aims to stop the school-to-confinement pipeline by:
  • Establishing $2.5 billion in new federal grants to support states and schools that revamp discriminatory school discipline practices, provide educational development and hire mental health professionals, counselors and social workers.
  • Requiring the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to collect and share civil rights data and enforce civil rights laws
  • Establishing a federal taskforce to examine school discipline policies and their disproportionate impact on girls of color

Thank you to author-filmmaker Dr. Monique Morris for leading the charge on protecting our girls and reminding them that they are both “sacred and loved” through her work with the PUSHOUT documentary: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

To read the National Black Women’s Justice Institute’s federal, state and local policy recommendations on ending the pushout of Black and Brown girls in schools, click HERE.
Dr. Morris addresses the crowd at the briefing on how unresolved trauma affects students' ability to learn and proposes the need for a healing in our education systems.
Rep. Pressley shares staggering statistics of pushout rates for girls of color in her district in Massachusetts and announced the introduction of the Ending P.U.S.H.O.U.T. Act.
A young student from Bronx, N.Y. recounts the aftermath of an incident where her teacher taped pieces of a cardboard box to her pants because her ripped jeans did not abide by the school dress code. She was subsequently suspended and felt it was unfair for the administration to choose between her identity and her education.
Click the picture on the left to hear her story
#TeacherTalkTuesday Social Media Campaign
Make sure you visit our social channels to catch the first episode of #TeacherTalkTuesday!We want to engage our audience in a new refreshing way and since most of them are educators, we believe that discussions that directly affect how educators are supported and guided in the workplace will benefit them the most. Which is why we are in need of more of YOU to be featured on the podcast in the coming months!

We will produce a podcast on the topic of educational advocacy in the realm in which we feel you are most knowledgeable. Your interview with our Project Director, Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, will be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on the last Tuesday of each month. We ask that once it is released, you will share our posts with your personal and professional networks as we build this platform to help educators.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE! IT MATTERS!

These are the topics we’d like you to consider honing in on for this conversation:
1. Teacher Efficacy
2. Student Engagement & Instructional Best Practices
3. Advocacy in Action
4. Changing "At-Risk" to At-Promise

If you have any further questions about the set-up, please do not hesitate to reach out via e-mail to pstreeter@deltafoundation.net.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the survey below:

A special thanks to DTEC Change Agent and education consultant Dr. Kelly Bullock Daugherty for joining us on our latest episode of #TeacherTalkTuesday!

The episode is NOW AVAILABLE on our SoundCloud , Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms!
Computer Science Education Week
December 9-15, 2019
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.

Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by  350 partners  and 100,000 educators worldwide.

CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer  Admiral Grace Murray Hopper .
Check out these free resources for teaching computer science to grades K-12!

Take a look at how schools and computer companies partnered to celebrate Computer Science Education Week across the nation:
Code Ninjas Invites Families to Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with Annual Holiday Hackathon, Hour of Code™ Events
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Black Educators Rock Presentation Proposals Due
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
CALLING ALL EDUCATORS! Do you have a transformative presentation that informs others about the importance of advocacy, empowerment and helpful strategies in education? Submit your proposal to present at the 5th annual Black Educators Rock, Inc. Conference July 9-12, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida! Proposals are due by December 31, 2019 and can be submitted here.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 20, 2020
The DMV TAG Team will host an activation at the 35th Annual King Day Celebration and the 30th Youth Oratorical Contest in January 2020. To support, contact Danielle Miles at drmiles73@gmail.com .
Pushout Screening
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The Texas TAG team is partnering with local chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to bring Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School to the Angelika Theater in Dallas.

The purpose of the screening is to bring awareness around the school to prison pipeline and its effects on black girls in schools. The goal is to bring together students, educators, community members, policymakers and stakeholders to continue a vital conversation on equity in education.  To attend the screening, contact Levatta Levels at alllevels@yahoo.com
 
RESOURCES
New Mental Health Program Aims to Help Students in Prince George’s County


North Carolina Takes the Lead on Intentionally Building a Pipeline of Educators of Color

This educational program is made possible by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation.
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