May 23, 2019
DTEC-TAG Updates
TAG Policy Institute April 2019
"Education: It's A Heart Matter ® "
The Teachers Advocating to lead Great change Program held its third Policy Institute April 5 - 7, 2019 at the National Headquarters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The weekend was filled with passion-led discussions and strategies on how to increase awareness of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in our target states. Please enjoy the recap video below.
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South Florida
Congratulations to South Florida TAG Participant Harvey J. Stribling for being invited to the 2019 National Education Association's Conference on Racial and Social Justice in Houston, Texas on Sunday June 30 through Tuesday July 2. Harvey plans to share work on DTEC-TAG, social justice and advocacy work. Way to go Harvey!
Tennessee TAG
Shelby County
Congratulations to Tennessee TAG Participant, Jodie Jones on graduating from the Memphis Theological Seminary School May 11, 2019. Jodie received a Masters of Arts. in Christian Ministry with a Social Justice specialization
Jodie also taught piano lessons in partnership with Community in Schools Program and Redwood Music group to 3rd - 5th graders. Jodie had the opportunity to share with the students about ESSA and accountability. Each student was awarded a TAG Certificate for their participation in spreading awareness that Every Student CAN Succeed! Right on Jodie!
Texas P.A.C.T.S.
DeSoto ISD
Congratulations to DeSoto ISD Principal Kieshla Wylie for being recognized by the Future School Leaders Network for her courageous leadership. They wrote, "FSLN welcomes Kieshla Wylie, Principal in DeSoto ISD. In 5 years, Kieshla plans to 'provide strategic and effective support for mental health, provide parenting skills and social emotional interaction skills for the parents and students of my community.' We’re excited to learn with you!" Congratulations Kieshla and continue putting in HEARTwork!
Houston ISD
Texas PACTS Participant Cherissa Jordan attended Red & White Days at the State Capitol with the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was able to pass out DTEC-TAG Palm cards and educate attendees and state representatives on ESSA and TAG. Nice work Cherissa!
Washington, DC
DMV TAG Participant Keisha Chandler, in partnership with the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Social Action Commission attended Trinity University's Colloquium on Adverse Childhood Experiences on Thursday April 25. The major purpose of this colloquium was to bring representatives of education, health and mental health etc. together who are working with those affected by ACEs/trauma to collaborate, educate, inform and advocate for the improvement of trauma informed and responsive practices across systems. Ms. Chandler served as a DTEC-TAG representative to spread awareness about how we combat ACEs in the classroom through advocacy for education equity.
Baltimore, MD
On April 29 the  DMV DTEC-TAG  Team held a Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. This event was in partnership with the  Baltimore Teachers Union , the  Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the The Sitao Corporation. The panelists included: Tary Scroggins, Assist. Principal of Mary E. Rodman Elem., Katrina Washington, PTA President at New Town Elem., Dr. Marco Clark, Principal & Founder of Richard Wright Charter School, Janell Taylor, Woodmoor Elem. Educator, Danyell Winkey-Smith, Member of Democratic Central Comm., Therion, TJ Baker, TAG Participant, Educator & Author, Cheryl Pasteur, Member of the Baltimore County School Board. and Marietta English, President of the Baltimore Teachers Union. This panel was moderated by Keisha Chandler, TAG Participant & Instructional Coach for DCPS.
Congratulations to DMV TAG Participant Danielle Miles for receiving her second Special Educators Award this year! We are glad that your hard work is being recognized in your district. Continue to be a leader and Equity Warrior!
On May 13 Danielle Miles held an ESSA presentation with the with the Arlington Education Association (AEA) which falls under the Virginia Education Association (VEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). There were about 30 delegates in attendance. Immediately following the presentation, there was a motion on the floor for AEA to form an ESSA team headed by the president Ms. Ingrid Gant it was an unanimous vote. Their team will work with the DMV DTEC-TAG Team to create a seat at the table at school board meetings and collaborate on other activities to get the word out about ESSA. Way to rally up an Arlington "ESSA Squad" Danielle!
North Carolina TAG
Charlotte - Mecklenburg
On May 10, North Carolina TAG Participant Merisha Leak held her 1st ESSA Advisory Council Meeting. She was able to connect with some local education advocates to strategize opportunities to continue to education and organize on all things ESSA! Merisha along with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg ESSA Advisory Council will also be hosting an event on June 27 for the community to to learn all about how policy shapes education
Keeping Up with DTEC Change Agents
The DeKalb County DTEC Change Agents hosted the Peachcrest Reading Bowl for 2nd graders in February. Their end-of-year report concludes serving 2nd grade students from Peachcrest, Browns Mill and Stone Mountain Elementary schools and supplied over 400 books collectively to take home to build their home libraries. Their team goal is to continue reading to 2nd grade students at the same schools in the fall, as well sa venture into a Financial Literacy Project for 3rd graders. This will be a collaboration with the Delta Life Development Center, Inc along with other community organizations. Many thanks to the Dekalb squad for continuing the HEARTwork of DTEC!
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National Convention July 11 - 14, 2019
Black Educators Rock ROCK Conference July 18 - 21, 2019
CBCF Annual Legislative Conference September 2019 - SAVE THE DATE LINKED HERE
TAG Culmination October 11 - 13, 2019
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