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Sondra Young
25:13
Yes
Rashad
25:13
That Jerome Jones. Great job.
Rashad
25:24
Thank you*
Toi Massey
29:07
In the interim, what is the plan? Might portable units be a workaround option?
Barbara Groves Jones
29:49
Good morning! So my question is this. Why does DPS hire teachers that aren’t relating to our black children in a way to promote an exception learning outcome?
Toi Massey
30:08
Our students don’t have 3 or 4 years
Toi Massey
31:37
Thank you! We understand there is no easy nor expeditious fix.
Donna
32:23
where are the contractors?
R. A. LaCrosby
36:11
how are the convos around Vocational coarse infusions into School districts curriculums, considering the lack of contractors avaable to finish the work on school facilities.
R. A. LaCrosby
36:16
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kaliah_yizar
36:26
What part of the DPS budget is explicitly being used to address the lack of Black student engagement and the achievement gap that DPS has failed to solve the past several years?
Make A Chess Move
37:45
Is the list for receiving air in the schools based on NEEDS? Are Those at the top at a greater need vs those at the bottom?
Hashim Coates
38:46
Will the plan to improve the data be shared with the NAACP and the public?
Samie Burnett
40:00
There is a lack of investment in counseling black students to prepare them for college.
R. A. LaCrosby
40:40
are there any coming programs to address Black American children and their specific educational needs in light of the lack of specific cultural supports needed to help them?
Toi Massey
40:47
Under performance and achievements gaps are related directly to work based experiences. How will DPS Leadership address the lack of access to workbased learning and apprenticeship experiences for Black students?
Samie Burnett
41:32
RECRUIT MORE BLACK TEACHERS!
kaliah_yizar
41:39
Students have continually asked why there isn't representation of black teachers and leaders within the district that relate to them. What are you doing to protect Black DPS employees from targeted accusations and reports meant to drive them out of the district?
Chris Jay
41:44
Any solutions?
Hashim Coates
42:23
Yes Samie! Also there must be an environment for Black teachers to be retained.
Hashim Coates
43:03
Will that data be open to the public?
Chris Jay
43:05
that^^^ and there must be parental investment and buy in
Barbara Groves Jones
45:28
What is the coronation to the black white learning gap, to hiring far more white teacher then black teachers?
Shy G Hudnall
48:56
I see part of the lack of aspirations being the lack of economic opportunities connected to the education investment kids and parents are asked to make. We also have to look at the economic opportunities that are lacking once our youth graduate from highschool
Righteous Rage Institute
49:17
DPS just pushed out one of the premier pathway leaders in Eric Rowe. How serious can you really be about it?
Hashim Coates
49:27
How many teachers are there in DPS?How many are Black?What percentage of students in DPS are Black?What percentage of teachers in DPS are Black?What is the attrition rate of Black teachers?
Shy G Hudnall
50:46
Many parents have graduated from college and cannot afford to purchase a home in Denver. Where our grandparents didn't have a high school diploma but were buying homes in Denver. Economic opportunity is directly connected to our youth's willingness to work hard and aspire to do more.
Shy G Hudnall
51:15
Great questions Hashim Coates!
Toi Massey
51:58
How will DPS leadership hold teachers accountable for implementing Black Excellence plans?
kaliah_yizar
53:13
How do you value students finding external success as a result of being provided student apprenticeships? Why does the district react with possessiveness to independent student success?
Barbara Groves Jones
54:20
You talk about students. Can speak to the black student population and what courses are they guided to?
Hashim Coates
55:08
For the data on learning opportunities, Where are Black students in ALL areas of education? i.g. reading, writing, comprehension, math, ...I am curious on the part that is not being talked about. Again, would love for the full or raw data to be shared. Iknow those with a higher skillset would be able to spot what I can't or don't know to ask for
Shy G Hudnall
56:03
When the pandemic hit cosmetologists and barbers were not able to earn a living. There needs to be more focus on skills development in areas that people need a product or service that people can not live without. Construction, water infrastructure, electrical design and redevelopment...
Hashim Coates
56:06
B. Jones, THAT PART! Were are Black students being guided?
Shy G Hudnall
57:02
Yeas Hashim and B. Jones! Very important point.
Shy G Hudnall
58:24
If economics rise gentrification doesn't happen. The conversation around Black economics has to be centered as a key issue. Shyretta H.
Righteous Rage Institute
58:48
Black Mental Health is at critical mass for both teachers and students and we are seeing and experiencing daily fallout from this. What is the plan to address this? In light of that epidemic, wouldn't it be a priority to stabilize the Black work force rather than continuing to target Black educators?
Denver School Board VP: Auon'tai M. Anderson
59:29
I am the President
Shy G Hudnall
59:45
Why does displacement happen? At what point do Black people earn enough to be able to afford the change in times? Why is it we are always talking about programs and social justice movements instead of supporting, pushing and building Black economics.
Denver School Board VP: Auon'tai M. Anderson
59:45
Colorado Black Caucus of School Board Directors
Hashim Coates
01:01:45
there have been great questions in the chat. I know that they will not be enough time to get them answered today. Is there a way DPS could get a copy of the questions, provide the response/answers to the NAACP, and then the NAACP get those out to us?
Sam McGibbon
01:02:47
Yes, we are capturing all of the questions posted in today's chat. We will forward them to Dr. Marrero and team after today's call
Terrance Roberts
01:03:00
Many African American and Latino teachers and youth in DPS are dealing with external issues not being discussed. We just had a triple shooting near East HS days ago. Black teachers have a lot on their plates - Gang violence issues, trauma issues (with students or their own), finance issues, etc. Black teachers are tasked with teaching students, being their therapist, being a surrogate parent, being a Human Services Caseworker, etc all at once. It's a difficult career, especially if all of the underlining issues are not discussed or addressed.
Alex Marrero
01:05:25
forget about our partnership with UNC
Rashad Younger
01:07:05
@ T-Rob. Great point.
Shy G Hudnall
01:07:06
Come on Rocq, talk about it!
kaliah_yizar
01:07:07
!!
Hashim Coates
01:08:16
VALID! Mr. LaCrosby hit the nail on the head.Black folks pave the way and others use our work to advance and use us as padding on the way paved
Righteous Rage Institute
01:08:59
That’s a very LOW BAR for comparison.
Sam McGibbon
01:09:12
Would Dr. Marrero and team be willing to provide contact information in the chat for future follow up?
Kimberly Grayson
01:09:32
There is an equity issue In DPS. When you have black leaders that work to create what you asked for, they get pushed out.
kaliah_yizar
01:09:41
How are you actively using the KJKP resolution and valuing those creators? Instead of claiming it's meaning without action.
Toi Massey
01:09:52
Students cannot achieve when the culture of the classroom and the school are lead micro aggressive educators who don’t see our children as capable. We have very few Black Principals and could never afford to lose the few we had in DPS, and yet, they’ve been removed often by a concerted effort of young, white minimally experienced teachers who demand those principals be removed when they demand white teachers engage with equity. My QUESTION: WHAT are the plans to address weaponizing of HR policies against black leaders by predominantly white teaching staff who resist engaging in equity work.
kaliah_yizar
01:10:01
!!!
Toi Massey
01:10:31
SAY THAT! I agree! BALCK STUDENTS! Let’s talk BLACK students!
Shay Johnson
01:10:46
TRUTH
Kimberly Grayson
01:10:52
"WHAT are the plans to address weaponizing of HR policies against black leaders by predominantly white teaching staff who resist engaging in equity work."
Kimberly Grayson
01:11:02
That is exactly what is happening!
kaliah_yizar
01:11:09
^^^
Natasha N Leadon
01:11:15
THAT
Sondra Young
01:11:17
Speak
Kimberly Grayson
01:11:29
And it is the top leadership that is doing this to us
Kimberly Grayson
01:12:03
We need to all get together and file our own civil rights complaint.
Robin Bruce
01:13:30
One way to help our youth until the education disparity is resolved is to get them involved in community organizations. Hands on experience in organizations is the greatest teacher of leadership skills and education opportunities they would not normally get in school anyway, and are focused on improving our youth instead of weeding out or conforming our youth. If you are a member of a community organization, please be sure to let the community know about you.
Natasha N Leadon
01:14:43
Great idea
kaliah_yizar
01:14:43
!!!
Kimberly Grayson
01:15:22
I do not
Toi Massey
01:16:17
YAASSS! That’s my point! Talk about Black leaders being removed and THE WHY they are being removed! Especially when those leaders are being pushed out by white teachers who are uncomfortable with requirements that they meet and address our BLACK students with equity and respect!
Kimberly Grayson
01:17:01
I am happy to share my closing letter from the district during my press conference with the Know Justice Know Peace young ladies
Righteous Rage Institute
01:17:31
When you're losing at that rate then what good are the gains? This is why the focus should be on RETENTION….not just hiring.
Robin Bruce
01:19:20
FYI: Please send any youth interested in Nursing to the Colorado Council of Black Nurses Inc. We have a youth pipeline program we are growing as well as an annual space expo so that youth can see themselves as an integral part of space. Space Expo is at the end of September yearly (they can literally send postcards to space this year and receive them back). Go to www.ccbninc.org . Contact President Robin Bruce RN at President@ccbninc.org or fill out the contact form on the website.
Righteous Rage Institute
01:19:48
My point wasn't about “Black Figureheads”....it was about having Black people in positions of power but yet the impact on Black leadership is STILL the same if NOT worse under Black educator retention.
MACM Phillip
01:20:46
"Adults claim they want the best for us (black students) and adults are in the way of us (black youth) succeeding." from the mouth of one of our after school youth.
Rashad Younger
01:24:00
@Ms. Bruce what are the age requirements for youth?
Toi Massey
01:24:24
Hiring BLACK teachers has to be an UNAMBIGUOUS INTENTIONAL EFFORT. PERIOD.
Toi Massey
01:24:51
Recruitment of teachers is one thing. RETENTION is another
Righteous Rage Institute
01:25:17
Stop firing them would be great start!
MACM Phillip
01:25:17
sad part is, some black folks are not for BLACK FOLKS.
Natasha N Leadon
01:26:01
Unfortunate truth
Righteous Rage Institute
01:26:07
And yet two Black school leaders were let go during this same time that you're saying this?
Toi Massey
01:26:36
The Achievement Gap exists because we are failing to address the ACCESS GAP. Period.
Kimberly Grayson
01:27:10
If a black leader suggest they should hire more black teachers they are at risk
kaliah_yizar
01:27:11
Stop throwing out the Black educators who are doing the work for black students that the district for some reason doesn't approve of. You can't replace people with purpose with people with no values in regard to the success of the black students they claim to care about.
Natasha N Leadon
01:27:23
Thank you for moderating beautifully Dr. Brigham.
Shay Johnson
01:28:11
Great job
Nicole Millan
01:28:16
How can we access this recording?
Daphney G
01:29:01
Thank you for this!
Daphney G
01:30:03
have a wonderful day everyone! stay positive and progressive