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May 20, 2020

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MRH Equity Partner Offers Ways to Engage Families

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board's commitment to Equity in Education continues with an exciting new opportunity for families.

MRH's partners at the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center have created a series of PARENT & CAREGIVER ONLY virtual roundtables throughout the month of June. These on-line workshops are dynamic experiences aimed at providing an opportunity for parents/ caregivers with different backgrounds (i.e. families of color, families with varied religious backgrounds, families with children with disabilities, families from disinvested communities, non-traditional families) to talk with and ask questions of an expert in family and community supports, and in home and school partnership. In this series, families from various backgrounds will engage in discussion with each other and a featured expert, who is also a parent/caregiver, with the aim of sharing ideas and resources related to supporting students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all sessions begin at 11 a.m. and run for one hour)

June 6, 2020

Region III Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center’s Families Learning from Families Roundtable: Balancing Caregiver & “Teacher” Roles at Home

Wondering how other parents and caregivers are balancing the roles of “teacher” and “caregiver” during the COVID-19 pandemic? This Families Learning from Families Virtual Roundtable event, facilitated by scholar-mother Dr. Jada Phelps-Moultrie, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, provides a great opportunity for parents and caregivers from different backgrounds to share their concerns, offer ideas, and learn about strategies related to balancing family roles with their new roles as educators at home in the age of COVID-19.

About Dr. Jada Phelps-Moultrie

Dr. Jada Phelps-Moultrie is an Assistant Professor of K-12 Educational Administration in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her scholarship includes family engagement, culturally responsive leadership and equity in education. She takes an intersectional approach to exploring families and communities and their educational pursuits, extending to online education. She often examines the intersection of race and racism with other forms of oppression. In that aim, she includes how leaders support or detract family/community pursuits. Currently, her work includes how African refugee families support the education of their children in xenophobic climates. She has served on several national research organizations, including the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) and the Graduate Student Council for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Jada was also a NCAA Division-I All-American and an Olympic Trial Qualifier in Track and Field. She desires to serve student-athletes at MSU.

June 13, 2020

Region III Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center’s Families Learning from Families Roundtable: Supporting Emotional Wellness: Coping with Anxiety and Fear During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Every day, we are overwhelmed with news about the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Families Learning from Families Virtual Roundtable event, we invite families from different backgrounds to come together to discuss their anxieties and fears related to the pandemic and learn self and community care strategies for promoting emotional wellness in the age of COVID-19. This virtual roundtable is facilitated by Tracy Pruitt, M.Ed., a trained school counselor specializing in parent support around trauma, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and behavioral and anger management.

About Tracy Pruitt, M.Ed.

Tracy empowers individuals and families with life skills that improve their quality of life. She strives to lead individuals and families from just surviving to thriving. Tracy earned her Master of Counseling at Indiana State University. With over 20 years of experience working in the school systems as a counselor, she has invested time as a parent educator and behaviorist. Among her areas of focus are Trauma, Grief & Loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Behavioral and Anger Management.  Tracy has experience working with diverse demographics and is adept at uncovering and responding to the needs of these different populations. Tracy values cultural competency and understands how this in?uences an individual’s experience. Her passion includes helping clients identify their strengths and weaknesses while raising their self-awareness to achieve their personal goals. Tracy uses a holistic approach to the emotional and mental being. She offers a unique and effective approach to counseling by incorporating a combination of therapy approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.

June 27, 2020

Region III Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center’s Families Learning from Families Roundtable: 5 Essential e-Tools & Family Activities for Summer Enrichment

June is the summer season for parents, caregivers, and families to be entertaining their children out of school. But with pandemic closures of many public and educational spaces, how does one keep them entertained and engaged throughout the summer?  With so many different online options available, how do you know what to use to best support your school-aged children this summer? This Families Learning from Families Virtual Roundtable event is an interactive showcase of e-tools and resource websites for parents, caregivers, and families with varying experience and exposure to internet-based resources. During this showcase, Dr. Rosiline Floyd, Assistant Director of Technical Assistance from the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, will overview 5 online activities to support summer learning and enrichment for families. Join other families as we learn from each other what engages their students at home this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing them for successful re-entry into school buildings in the Fall.

About Dr. Rosiline Floyd

Dr. Rosiline Floyd is the Assistant Director for Technical Assistance at the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) within the Great Lakes Equity Center. In this role, Dr. Floyd manages the design and delivery of on-site and online professional development content, and provides professional learning technical assistance to clients within the MAP Center’s 13-state region. Dr. Floyd has over 15 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, education advocate, and school administrator focused on improving educational outcomes through equity-based PK-20 education. In this work, she developed systems, conducted research, and presented locally/nationally on reducing race-based disparities. Her research and work are rooted in implementing culturally sustaining models to promote an increase in college preparation, retention, and graduation rates for students of Color, and those from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Dr. Floyd holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership.

The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) is a project of The Great Lakes Equity Center. Their goal is to engage in well-defined, content-rich technical assistance such that knowledge and expertise are shared in a way that results in transformative systemic change, as well as personal reflection and growth. The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has partnered with MAP Center for a number of years.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.