2017 Community Action Forum on 21st century Education

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Making an Impact

Throughout the fall of 2017, community members, parents, teachers, school administrators and students met in a series of Community Circles around issues in education in Lowell. In December 2017, the Community Circle participants and the greater Lowell community gathered in the first Your Voice Matters Community Action Forum. Attendees worked together to identify priority action items in 5 themes that came out of the Community Circles. The Action Groups will be meeting in January to begin the process of planning/implementation on their priorities.

Check out the overview presentation (including a sample snapshot of some of the Circle Feedback) here.

All are welcome to participate in the project, so if you see a theme you would like to get involved with, let us know and we will put you in touch with the theme facilitator.

Theme: After School and Outside of School Opportunities- Click here for the feedback from the Circles on this theme

  • Priority 1: User Experience Group (focusing on communications)
  • Priority 2: Community-generated opportunities list

Theme: Cultural Competency, Language Access, and Diversity- Click here for the feedback from the Circles on this theme

  • Priority 1: Train current staff on cultural competency/diversity and language access
  • Priority 2: Hire diverse staff and develop system to welcome diverse workforce
  • Priority 3: Form strong linkages between systems, school, service agencies etc. to ease access for families to resources which will support their success

Theme: Logistics, Schedules, Operations and Facilities- Click here for the feedback from the Circles on this theme

  • Priority 1: Streamline communication
  • Priority 2: Equitable facilities

Theme: Parent and Community Involvement and Engagement- Click here for the feedback from the Circles on this theme

  • Priority 1: Buddy program for new parents (ELL/SPED)
  • Priority 2: Enhance the efforts of the Family Resource Center via resource nights (including CORI process for parents), participation in community events, and longer hours

Theme: Student Voice and Learning- Click here for the feedback from the Circles on this theme

  • Priority 1: How can we include more student leadership roles in K-12?
  • Priority 2: Can the district develop a research-based policy on homework and recess as part of a bigger policy idea? (What sets kids up for success and enables them to learn best?)