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Friday Forums - Saint Paul Public Schools

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Washington Technology Magnet School

Center for Equity and Culture

1495 Rice Street

Saint Paul, MN 55117

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A multitude of discussions permeate our district, local communities, city and nation that impact our most racially, culturally and linguistically marginalized populations. Friday Forums provide an opportunity to learn and grow from hearing a range of perspectives. Forum panelists will dive into conversations and learning around race, gender, equity and social justice issues that impact the vitality and academic success of our greatest asset – our students. Forum guests will be challenged to think critically about how these topics connect to the experience of students, families and communities in our district. Join us for discussions centered around various topics.

Dates: September 20, October 11, November 22, January 31, February 21, March 13, May 15

September 20: Students at the Center

Students being at the center of public education is essential. Having ongoing opportunities to hear the voices and perspectives of students is even more critical given rapidly changing demographics in schools. The scholars of Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) enter buildings carrying a richness of intersectional identities that should be an asset in their educational career. Join the Equity Department as we listen to the inter-racial conversation of 5th- 12th graders as they discuss their hopes, needs, and experiences with schooling and learning in SPPS.

October 11: Coming Out

Coming Out, a shortened term for “coming out of the closet” marks a significant part of the journey for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Many of us may know of October 11th as the day to celebrate coming out, however the beauty and hardships of coming out cannot be singled to one day. Join the Equity Department as we listen to the inter-racial conversation of members of the LGBTQ+ community as they discuss their hopes, needs, and experiences in the journey of being fully seen and heard.

November 22, 2019: Experiencing Schooling as a Parent/Guardian

A little over two months ago, parent(s)/guardian(s) began a new school year along with their student(s) entering school for the very first time or continuing on their path toward graduation. Parent(s)/guardian(s) being the first teachers, hold a very significant role in the educational experience of students. Join the Equity Department as we listen to the inter-racial conversation of parent(s)/guardian(s) of students as they discuss their hopes, needs, and experiences in the education of their student(s).

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