DTEC-TAG October 2019 E-News
DTEC-TAG Updates
(L to R:) DREF CEO Patricia W. Lattimore, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and CEO Beverly E. Smith and DREF President Carolyn E. Lewis accept awards of recognition for their leadership and dedication to DTEC-TAG at the closing banquet Saturday.
THANK YOU to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation Board, who after a long two days of Board Meetings still came out to support at our Saturday evening celebration! Thank you to DREF President Carolyn E. Lewis, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and CEO Beverly E. Smith and DREF CEO Patricia W. Lattimore for your tireless leadership and thoughtful words for our program Saturday evening. Also, THANK YOU to all of our DTEC-TAG participants and supporters for your impactful and inspirational work over the last two years. We honor your passion for education and greatly appreciate your sacrifice. Thank you to our partners The Education Trust, Black Educators Rock, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. for your generous support of DTEC-TAG's endeavours.
DTEC-TAG Culminating Weekend At A Glance
On October 11 and 12, our Teachers Advocating to lead Great Change program participants met at the Dorothy I. Height Building at the National Council of Negro Women in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the end of the pilot program, present the success of their regional activations and celebrate the extraordinary impact. The weekend was filled with informative presentations from participants in our six target regions: DMV, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Take a look at some of the engaging breakout sessions and panels from the weekend.
Our amazing DTEC Change Agents and TAG Equity Warriors from all six regions.
It was an honor to celebrate with Dr. Stewart.
(Above) Texas P.A.C.T.S. TAG Team presentation

(Below) Dr. Constance Lindsay, TAG External Evaluator, facilitates a session on final reporting.
The NC TAG Team collaborating and preparing for final reports and the TAG Banquet presentation. 
Friday, October 11 at the TAG Institute
DMV & NC TAG Teams hard at work.
NC TAG Team member, Nikki Williams, sharing updates.
T.J. Baker facilitates the DC-Maryland-Virginia's Icebreaker as the host of pop culture Jeopardy!
Florida TAG Team Presenting
Raechel Broussard, a Texas P.A.C.T.S team member sharing updates.
Dr. Jennifer McMillen, a Texas P.A.C.T.S. team member sharing updates.
This historic space was transformed into the perfect venue for the TAG Policy Institute.
Saturday, October 12 at the TAG Institute
The weekend continued with a day full of TAG Team breakout session and information on Final Report Preparation and Action Planning. All participants were gifted an official TAG polo to wear during the days' events.
Texas P.A.C.T.S. hard at work.
Every TAG team member received a gift from Dr. Craig and in turn gifted the gift to someone else and shared their why. This activity was called #GiveAndKnow
We are so grateful for our TAG Supporters and Volunteers. Their presence and service were so very appreciated.
Dr. Char-Shenda Covington, Georgia TAG Team member, pausing for a pose.
As an icebreaker, the Texas P.A.C.T.S. team had everyone design their own square in a quilt to symbolize everyone's collective input coming together for one cause. Click the picture above to see the behind-the-scenes making of the quilt and the beautiful finished product!
Dr. Constance Goodman, a Florida TAG Team member, sharing updates during the final report share out period.
The Texas P.A.C.T.S. team illustrating how each DTEC-TAG participant in every region connects to create the framework of our program. Click the picture above to see the behind-the-scenes making of the quilt and the beautiful finished product! 
TAG Closing Banquet
On Her Shoulders: Armed and Ready
The jazz ensemble provided a classy ambiance for the night's festivities!
Crystal Edwards and NC TAG Team's Tia Gilliam Wilson with National President and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Beverly E. Smith.
Thank you to our Banquet M.C. Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones for keeping the night fun and entertaining!
National Project Director Dr. Johni Cruse Craig and Georgia Dream Team's Eula Spivey pose with Spivey's personalized appreciation plaque.
Tennessee TAG Team's Jodie Jones and Tomeka Hart, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




(Left) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National Second Vice President and future educator Diamond Compton shares how DTEC-TAG inspires her!
#TeacherTalkTuesday Social Media Campaign
Make sure you visit our social channels to catch the latest episodes of #TeacherTalkTuesday! If you’ve been following us these past few weeks, you’ll notice we’ve already rolled out a smaller weekly version called Teacher Tip Tuesday. The “talk” aspect of this campaign is where you come in! 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.

We are producing 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!  If interested, 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. We hope you’ll join us and support our efforts to launch educators into Advocacy in Action!

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

A special thank you to North Carolina DTEC-TAG Change Agent and Literacy Acquisition Advocate Tia Gilliam-Wilson for being apart of our latest edition of #TeacherTalkTuesday. The episode will be available NEXT Tuesday, October 29 on our SoundCloud , Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms!
TAG Activations
Florida
Title I Family Engagement Night
A huge thank you to  Florida-DTEC-TAG  Change Agent Deidra Johnson for her involvement at a Title I Family Engagement Night in South Florida on September 26th. At the event, Deidra was able to connect with teachers, parents, the Equity Department and various community organizations as they visited the DTEC-TAG table!
North Carolina
Title I Family Engagement Night
NC TAG Equity Warriors Rennice Sherard and Nikki Williams presented at a Title I Family Engagement Night earlier this month. Their work helped novice teachers better understand how a culturally responsive classroom begins with efficient classroom management.
DC-Maryland-Virginia
Town Hall and Block Party
We shine a spotlight on the DMV DTEC-TAG team for facilitating a Town Hall and Block Party at Garfield Elementary School in Southeast D.C. In partnership with  Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc , the team provided refreshments, school supplies, giveaways, face paint to children and more!
DC-Maryland-Virginia
Bridging the Gap to ESSA
Town Hall Meeting
The DMV Team facilitated an ESSA Town Hall as a call to action to "reconvene the village" and provide parents with crucial information about the Every Student Succeeds Act. In partnership with the RPS Office of Student Engagement,  The Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta  and more, the conversation was an insightful engagement around educational policy for attendees.


Texas
ESSA Informational

Our Texas P.A.C.T.S. team spent the day being education advocates and informing their community about education policy while empowering their village to be advocates themselves. Thank you for all of your HEART work!
Advocacy In Action
Dr. Johni Cruse Craig
Congratulations to Dr. Johni Cruse Craig as she was invited to participate in an edWebinar addressing the ongoing change from the term "At-Risk" to At-Promise in educational and penal codes for children. Dr. Craig touched on DTEC-TAG's teacher efficacy focus, the priority in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and the importance of the power of perspective in affecting children's livelihoods. She highlighted that perspective shift by quoting an article co-written by Dr. Paulette C. Walker and Dr. Martha S. Lue Stewart; "far too often, children of color are viewed through dark-tainted glasses that see them as children at risk. In order for them to be viewed as children at promise, we must alter the lenses or change the glasses."

Click HERE to review the recorded webinar and receive a CEU certificate.
Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-CA) and AB 413
Reggie Jones-Sawyer (above), of the California State Assembly authored AB 413 , to change the term "At-Risk" to At-Promise is state legislature and penal codes. The term is intended to replace the negative connotations and deficit mindset that accompany the “at-risk” label with the students-first positive messaging that demonstrates that students challenged by poverty and trauma have great potential if supported by caring adults. Research by academics and other thought leaders demonstrate that changing the mindset of education leaders and communities will increase positive outcomes for students like those we serve.  On October 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill to law in the state! Congratulations to organizations like the Reaching At Promise Students Association (RAPSA) for their continued work in supporting students!
Bowie State University
According to Kipp.org, only two percent of public school teachers are Black men, but the research also shows that their impacts stretch far beyond the classroom.

Bowie State University is working to increase the number of Black male educators in classrooms by sponsoring The Black Male Teachers College. All African-American male high school students in the DMV and surrounding areas that are interested in becoming an educator are encouraged to apply to participate! If you or someone you know is interested, please contact program director Dr. Julius Davis at jldavis@bowiestate.edu!
Please send in updates about the HEART work you are putting in in your respective districts!
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Teach for America Conference
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Support National Project Director Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, Georgia Dream Team's Dr. Char-Shenda Covington, DMV TAG's Keisha Chandler and NC TAG's Tia Gilliam-Wilson as they present on Literacy Acquisition: Teaching the Whole Child at the TFA Fall Conference in November.

If you'd like to attend this conference, more information on registration can be found at www.teachforamerica.org !
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