January 2019 Envision Equity







By Abdul Sharif—Generalist, Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs

Brooklynne Hicks, photo provided by the

Hicks family.

When Knight Middle School sixth

grader Brooklynne Hicks faced

bullying because of the way she

wore her natural hair, she

approached her teacher, Sydni

Gordon, with an idea—why not start

a Black Student Union (BSU) at

Knight Middle School? Brooklynne’s

mission statement for Knight’s BSU

reads “Our mission is to provide a

voice for students of color and to

build a bridge of understanding

with teachers, students, and our

community. Our goals are to create and maintain a peaceful

environment for all, but to be the helping hand for students of

color that need encouragement and support.”

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Brooklynne was very prepared when she approached Principal

Cathy Gibbs with the idea of creating a BSU. One of the issues

she wanted to tackle was bullying—specifically

as it relates to students of color. Ms. Gibbs was

very proud of Brooklynne and had no

reservations about her idea to start a BSU at

Knight. “A BSU can help to bring a level of

understanding and create an environment in

which students can have conversations that

Cathy Gibbs

will help them understand each other better

and not use issues such as appearance to cause others to feel

less than,” said Ms. Gibbs.

When Brooklynne approached Ms. Gordon with the idea of

creating a BSU, Ms. Gordon said that she was “flattered and

excited about the idea.” One of the reason’s why she was so

excited is because Brooklynne came to her with a solid plan that

included a mission statement as well as ideas and reasons why a

BSU was needed at Knight. Ms. Gordon’s role is to help

Brooklynne facilitate space and give means to her vision for

Knight’s BSU.

Brooklynne’s goal for creating a BSU at Knight is very unique

because it will be the first BSU in a Jefferson County Public

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Schools (JCPS) middle school. The goal is to start the BSU in

January after Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Knight’s BSU

intends to start tackling issues with an ad campaign, and a

Public Service Announcement (PSA) that will address

bullying. The BSU will meet after school during Knight

Clubs. The plan is for the club to be “action-involved,” said

Ms. Gordon.

One outcomes that Brooklynne hopes will result from

Knight’s BSU is to stop bullying. “It’s important to

understand that you can’t control other people’s behavior,”

said Ms. Gordon, “But you can give students a space to feel

empowered.” One of Ms. Gordon’s goals for the BSU is to

help students of color feel comfortable in their own skin and

to deal with issues of bullying, racism, and stereotypes.

The feedback from Brooklynne’s peers regarding a potential

BSU at Knight has been very positive. All of her friends look

forward to the opportunity to join. Although Brooklynne has

many goals for Knight’s BSU, her one hope is “that this club

will give students the opportunity to express their feelings

and make our school a better place for all students.”


Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Department

The Model

Recognizing Culturally Responsive and Innovative Classroom Teachers

Name: Kamala Combs

School: Maupin Elementary School


amala Combs has taught

for more than thirty years

in Florida, and Kentucky.

Over her career, she has taught

at nineteen different schools.

Currently, she teaches fourth

grade at Maupin Elementary


In her off time, Ms. Combs

volunteers at the Kentucky

Refugee Ministries (KYRM),

helping ESL families learn to read

and write English.

Click here for video story.






By Abdul Sharif—Generalist, Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs

The planning stage for the new Jefferson County Public Schools

(JCPS) Satellite Office located in the West Wing of the Academy @

Shawnee is off to a great start thanks to the input and ideas shared

during a community conversation held on December 3. The

community conversation was intended to give community

members an opportunity to provide ideas and thoughts on how

they would like to see the space at the new Satellite Office used.

More than 50 community members attended the community

conversation which included an introduction from Don Dillard, the

JCPS Satellite Offices Supervisor, and retired administrator Annie

Haigler. Attendees also heard from Rose Livingston, the director of

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The Beech, one of the programs that will be located in the JCPS

Satellite Office @ Shawnee.

The Beech is an



program that

was located in

the soon-to-be


Beecher Terrace



Rose Livingston

stated during the

community conversation that The Beech is looking forward to

being at their new location and connecting with nearby families.

A representative from Project One was also present during the

community conversation to let attendees know how they plan to

utilize their space in the Satellite Office @ Shawnee.

Project One is a school-, community-, and faith-based not-forprofit

educational organization that serves, educates, trains, and

prepares disadvantaged youth and adults for healthy and

successful transitions into postsecondary education, meaningful

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opportunities, and career

ladder placements.

Project One has

developed a training

program and institutes,

summer programs, yearround

activities, and

lifelong learning solutions

to bring about economic

empowerment and self-sufficiency.

During the last portion of the community conversation,

attendees participated in break-out sessions which gave them

the opportunity to share ideas with each other on how the

Satellite Office @ Shawnee could be utilized. Some ideas from

the break-out session were to provide deescalation training via a

partnership with the Peace Education Program, ACT/SAT test

prep, and monthly events for JCPS families in the Shawnee


The JCPS Satellite Office @ Shawnee is slated to open on

January 22, 2019, at 10 a.m. Community members are welcome

to attend the grand opening. For more information or to R.S.V.P.,

contact JCPS Satellite Offices Supervisor Don Dillard at




January 2019

Check out our monthly update video featuring JCPS Chief of

Communications Renee Murphy, and Specialist Vanessa McPhail, to

find out what DEP has coming up next month!

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JCPS Parent & Family Engagement Initiatives: From Parent

Involvement to Family Engagement

By Chrystal Hawkins, JCPS Title I Parent and

Family Engagement Specialist


ur charge is clear; increase student achievement. While we

often consider ways to increase student achievement, we are

charged with making sure families are never left out of the equation

for student success. However, we want to go beyond random act of

family involvement to support a lasting partnership with our

families through family engagement. Family Engagement is a full,

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equal, and equitable

partnership among families,

educators and community

partners to promote children’s

learning and development

from birth through college and

career. We understand the

challenges and barriers

families and school face when

trying to partner. Therefore,

we have developed a district

plan with three major

components designed to

increase school and district

capacity to overcome barriers

to better engage families in the

success of their child’s


1. At the heart of the plan is a

coordinated effort to build

school capacity by

establishing an embedded

school and district system of

family engagement. Every

Title I school was asked to

name a Family Engagement

Lead. The school had the

flexibility to select the right

person for that school to lead

family engagement work, so

we have teacher leaders,

resource teachers, counselors,

and FRYSCs involved in this


As the district Parent and

Family Engagement Specialist,

I developed a year-long

syllabus for monthly meetings/

trainings with the school

Leads. During the meetings,

participants discuss barriers to

parent involvement, share

successful activities, and

engage in conversations to dig

deeper into the importance

and challenges of family

engagement work. They all

received a copy of the book

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Beyond the Bake Sale, and

this resource helps frame new

ways of thinking about parent

engagement and provides

tools for evaluating the

effectiveness of school

efforts. School Family

Engagement Leads take this

work back to their schools to

plan implementation with the

principal and committee.

Further, the school Leads are

being trained to guide the

development of the Parent

and Family Engagement

SBDM Policy and the School-

Family Compact and to find

ways to capture a wider

representation of parent

input on both documents.

We also contracted with the

National Center for Families

Learning (NCFL) to provide

ideas and resources for our

schools. NCFL participates in

the monthly Lead meetings,

and they visit schools twice

during the year to collaborate

with school teams. School

visits will be implemented by

NCFL with guidance and

leadership from our district

specialist to ensure that

schools effectively build

relationships with families

and promote equitable

participation that closes

achievement gaps. School

visits will be responsive to

school and family needs as

identified by school data,

surveys and family feedback.

2. Our second component is

the district work team for

family engagement also

known as the FACE of JCPS.

The district work team for

family engagement was

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designed to improve outcomes from family engagement efforts

in JCPS. The leadership team includes district specialists

engaged in parent programming and support across multiple

district departments. The district leadership team is focused on

developing an interdepartmental system of collaboration to

support families to leverage resources and provide direct and

targeted support to all schools, students and families.

3. The third component is the district Parent Advisory

Council (PAC). While the PAC has already been in existence as a

Title I requirement, this year we are making a conscious effort to

connect the work of the PAC to the work of the school

committees. We have encouraged school Leads to include the

PAC representative, along with other parents, on their

committees. The content of PAC meetings aligns with what is

discussed at Lead trainings and district work team meetings.

NCFL and members of the district work team attend and

contribute to PAC meetings. These are ways in which we are

aligning the different components of our work.

We as a district know that if we want better outcomes for our

students, we MUST partner with families, therefore, we

developed a district Professional Learning Community (PLC),

also known as the FACE of JCPS, made up of JCPS specialists

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and leaders committed to providing equitable support to all

students and families in our district.

To effectively serve families, we are working to leverage our

various departmental resources and collaborate to overcome

various barriers when trying to meet the needs of families and

students. We are fortunate to have leaders from Teaching &

Learning (Title I & English as a Second Language (ESL)),

Exceptional Child Education (ECE), Diversity, Equity & Poverty,

Student Assignment and Adult Education working in

partnership to support parent leadership and school capacity

to effectively engage families.

Please allow us to introduce some of our district team; the


Chrystal Hawkins

Title I Parent and Family Engagement


How Chrystal serves families: I try to keep the needs of

families and students in mind in everything I do. Specifically, I

coordinate and facilitate monthly Title I Parent Advisory

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Council (PAC) meetings which

offers parent leadership

training so that parents can

advocate for their children

and the children of other

families in their school and

community. I also train

school staff as Family

Engagement Leads to

coordinate family learning

activities and build staff

capacity to partner with

families. I also work to

connect family resources in

our district so that we can

work together efficiently and

effectively when serving


Why this work is important

to Chrystal: Very simple. We

can’t increase student

achievement WITHOUT

families. I was a kid in this

school system with a hardworking,

single-mother who

wasn’t often acknowledged

by many of my teachers and

because of this home-school

disconnect, I often hated

coming to school. I didn’t

believe many of my teachers

cared about my family’s

struggles or honored my

mother’s hopes and dreams

for me. Therefore, I believe it

is our job as educators and

leaders to build relationships

with families; to partner with

families, to listen to their

suggestions, to offer

resources they can use at

home and to honor them as

their child’s first teacher.

Chrystal’s Vision for

Families: I envision a district

that mirrors the district

families want for their

children. Families do not

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send their child to school to fail. It is our responsibility to

partner with families, believe in the family’s capacity to support

learning, and provide supportive resources to make their vision

our reality.

Quote: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go

together.” - African Proverb

Justin Willis

Parent Relations Specialist with Diversity, Equity,

and Poverty Programs

How Justin serves families: I’m based at the

15th District Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Clothing Assistance Program (CAP), which means

I get to work with dedicated volunteers throughout the year. We

directly serve thousands of students and families year-round

with new and gently used clothing items and accessories. I also

assist the 15th District PTA in a number of programs and

operations, which support families and students throughout

Jefferson County.

Why this work is important to Justin: Each day we serve

students, moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents, refugees,

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and homeless families. We’re able to provide free, no-strings

help to the people who need it most. The donors, volunteers,

and JCPS partners involved with this operation are doing noble

work, and I’m proud to be associated with them.

Justin’s vision for vision for JCPS families: Raising children is

the toughest work. I hope that families will feel encouraged and

supported whenever they reach out to us, whether it’s to

operate a donation campaign, receive services, or get their PTA

off the ground.

One quote that drives Justin’s work: ”…Do justice, love

kindness, walk humbly…”

Trisha Hernandez Gallagher

Administrative Specialist, Exceptional Child


How Trisha serves families: Throughout my

tenure with JCPS I have worked with families around their

child’s programming with respect to their disability. I also

studied the impact of the family’s social network on their child’s

support for autism for my dissertation. Now, in my current role, I

work with families to address their complaints with JCPS and

work with families on the Exceptional Child Advisory


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Why this work is important to Trisha: I understand the impact

of a disability on the family. I also understand the impact of

family on our students. I want to help our families navigate the

system of special education and advocate for their children.

Additionally, I understand the impact social capital can have on

families and students and want to expand the social capital of

our families to benefit them and their children with disabilities.

Trisha’s Vision for JCPS families: Our families will expand as

they trust their schools and the district and accept JCPS as part

of the family.

Two quotes that drives Trisha’s work:

“Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy

about him or her.” – Uri Bronfenbrenner

“”Fair’ does not mean that every child gets the same treatment,

but that every child gets what he or she needs.” – Richard D.


Schlonda Gates

Choice Counselor--Student Relations

How Schlonda serves families: I determine

recommendations for all students in our JCPS

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Choice Schools. Those schools include Liberty, TAPP, JCHS,

and Phoenix.

Why Schlonda’s Work is Important: My work is extremely

important and is directly aligned with my passion of

counseling students and helping to determine next steps that

will be detrimental in the success of obtaining their diploma

and being an overall successful citizen of this world.

Schlonda’s vision for families: My vision for all JCPS families

is that they have a "sense of belonging" when they come to

our offices and to our schools. I want them to feel that we care

about their students and have high expectations in seeing


One quote that drives Schlonda’s work: "People who say it

can't be done, should not interrupt those who are DOING IT." —


Lindsay Bale

Foster Care Liaison in the Diversity,

Equity, and Poverty Department

How Lindsay serves families: In my

role as foster care liaison, I work with

families to help their students maintain

educational stability both while in foster care and

transitioning to or from foster care. In addition, I help families

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navigate processes such as enrollments, transfers, special

education, and transportation.

Why this work is important to Lindsay: This work is

important to me because our students in foster care face so

many barriers and unknowns, but the school system is in the

unique position to help them maintain stability, some sense of

normalcy, and to help them not just survive, but thrive! By

doing this, student outcomes improve greatly.

Lindsay’s vision for families: My vision for JCPS families is

that they have the knowledge, tools, and support to help their

children and entire families soar!

One quote that drives Lindsay’s work: “You must be the

change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

Cammie Kramer

Coordinator, Special Projects in

Jefferson County Skills U

(formerly JCPS Adult Education)

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How Cammie serves families: I provide recruitment and

retention efforts for parents to learn English as a second

language or earn the GED credential.

Why this work is important to Cammie: Parents are the first

and most important teacher. By increasing the educational

attainment of a parent, we are helping not just that

individual, but the family and community as a whole.

Cammie’s vision for families: I would like to see all families

in our community have the freedom and ability to prioritize

education without barriers and stereotypes getting in the

way of those goals.

One quote that drives Cammie’s work: "Success is not final,

failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."

—Winston Churchill




By Abdul Sharif

Generalist—Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Department

The 6th annual Take What You Can Tote Clothing Giveaway was

held on December 8th and provided clothing, shoes, makeup, and

other accessories to 598 community members in need. Sylena

Fishback, the Director of the Volunteer Talent Center (VTC) and

Justin Willis, the Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) Parent

Relations Specialist helped to organize the annual clothing

giveaway event along with the assistance of numerous community


According to Justin Willis, some of the highlights from December’s

Take What You Can Tote event include:

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• 95 volunteers recruited

• At least 598 people served from 9:30 a.m. through 2 p.m.

• At least 202 pairs of Lucky Brand heels, flats, and boots

given away

• 1,000 items of lipstick, foundations, mascara, etc given


We would like to thank Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer who visited Take

What You can Tote to greet families

and volunteers, as well as Jefferson

County Board of Education Chair

Diane Porter who visited, sent food

and refreshments, and even

volunteered at the tail end.

For more information about the CAP

program, or to donate clothing,

please contact Justin Will at




Books for Young Readers

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football

Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 23,


Lin-Manuel Miranda (You Should Meet)

by Laura Calkhoven

Age Range: 6 - 8 years

Grade Level: 1 - 3

Publisher: Simon Spotlight (August 28, 2018)

Remarkable and thorough biography of artist and

pro football player Ernie Barnes. Ernie battled his

love for drawing and playing football throughout

his life but finally realized his true passion was

art. He is considered one of the leading African-

American artists and is well known for his style of

elongation and movement which illustrator Bryan

Collier captures wonderfully in his own way.

Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and

Guts by Leah Tinari

Age Range: 10 and up

Grade Level: 5 - 6

Publisher: Aladdin (November 6, 2018)

The You Should Meet series is a fantastic series

for young readers and introduces them to a diverse

group of interesting people, including Lin-Manuel

Miranda. This beginning chapter book chronicles

his life as a writer, singer, actor, songwriter, and

rapper who created the hit Broadway musicals In

the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical

and his writing and acting in the Disney movie

Moana and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.

A special section at the back of the book includes

tons of delightful extras like the history of Puerto

Rico, Broadway and scriptwriting!

A lovely and inclusive collection of remarkable American

women. Leah Tinari’s portraits respect the achievements

and influence of twenty-four American women. Her

illustrations are incredibly arresting and vibrantly convey

how each woman’s grit and guts paved the way for others.

Highly recommended for all ages but particularly middle

school students.

Images obtained from Google Images..

Book list provided by Heather Lee, Louisville Free Public Library.



Re-Actions2: Art, Advocacy, and


Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6 p.m.

21c Hotel and Museum in Louisville

The American Civil Liberties Union of

Kentucky will host a special public

education event, “Re-Actions2: Art,

Advocacy, and Activism.” Local

supporters of civil liberties and social

justice will present a 5-7 minute talk or

reaction to a piece on display in the 21c

Louisville ‘Dress Up, Speak Up’

exhibition. Join us in this lively

community setting using art as the

impetus to discuss pressing social

justice and civil liberties issues as the

2019 General Assembly gets underway.

The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include Brianna Harlan,

Keturah Herron, Shashray McCormack,

Andrew Tucker, Lorena Bonet

Velasquez, and Jamari White

SCAK and YIAN Host Blanket Drive

For Those in Need

The Sickle Cell Association of

Kentuckiana (SCAK) and the Youth

In Action Network (YIAN) are

collecting blankets for people living

in homeless situations, veterans, and

others in need in our community.

This event is in celebration of the

Martin Luther King Day of Service

2019, and SCAK’s collaboration

with Blanket Louisville and the

Louisville Metro Retired and Senior

Volunteer Program (RSVP). Donors

are encouraged to put a blanket on

their holiday shopping list to donate

to this worthy cause.

Slightly used or new blankets can be

dropped off daily at:

Louisville Metro Office of

Resilience and Community Services

701 W. Ormsby Ave, Ste 201

Louisville, KY 40203

On January 5, 2019, from 1 to 3 pm

Bon Air Library

2816 Del Rio Pl.

Louisville, KY 40220

For further pickup or drop off

information contact: Jo Ann Orr at








Why? Families care about the success of their child and other children in our

district and want to help make a difference.


That’s where we come in! We are offering monthly training to support parent

leadership and advocacy. We offer resources, tools, strategies to families as they

work to partner with schools!

We want at least one parent from every Title I school to attend each meeting

AND we’ll even welcome more families if there is additional interest!

















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Coaching Students with DACA

College Access

DACA and undocumented students can go to

KY colleges and universities.

Per CPE policy KRS 13:0245 Section 8:

• An undocumented student who graduates

from a Kentucky high school can enroll at

Kentucky colleges/universities as in-state

residents for tuition purposes.

Need help navigating the application process?

Contact Assistant Director, Diversity

Recruitment- Aimee Huffstetler

502.852.1295, aimee.huffstetler@louisville.edu


These scholarships and resources are

open to DACA, and in some other cases,

undocumented students:

» Migrant Network Collection

» Hispanic Scholarship Fund

» SHPE Foundation

» Latino Student Resource Guide (LLEO)


» United We Dream (UWD)

» Dream Educational Empowerment Program


» Scholarships A-Z

» My (Un)Documented Life

Programs & Organizations

The Latino Leadership and College Experience

Camp is a local, community based program

that provides college coaching and leadership

development to Latinx and immigrant youth

including undocumented and DACA students.

For more information visit www.thellcec.org

Kentucky Dream Coalition is an immigrant

youth led organization focused on supporting

the undocumented and DACA-mented youth

and students in the state through organizing,

workshops and mentoring.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/



Unfortunately, undocumented and DACA-mented students cannot

receive state or federal financial aid.

DACA students can complete the FAFSA for scholarship purposes.

Step 1: Like all applicants, your first step should be to create an FSA

ID for yourself and your family. If parents do not have a SSN do NOT

create an FSA ID with an ITIN (individual tax identification number).

Undocumented parents and students cannot create an FSA ID or use

an ITIN on FAFSA forms at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

Step 2: There are 6 sections on the FAFSA: Student Demographics

(which includes student eligibility), School Selection, Dependency

Status, Parent Demographics, Financial Information and Sign & Submit.

The two sections that are most confusing for DACA recipients are

the Student Demographic section (particularly, the student eligibility

questions) and Parent Information (if parents are undocumented).

Step 3: Students can enter their income information manually or

through the IRS retrieval tool if they filed taxes.

Step 4: If the parents of a DACA recipient are undocumented, they

must also not misrepresent themselves. When reporting parental

information, do not use an ITIN in place of a Social Security Number.

Parental information should be entered as follows:

» A parent can complete FAFSA using “000-00-0000” for PARENT

I SSN AND “999-99-9999” for PARENT II (Note: if parent holds

ITIN to file taxes, do not use in place of SSN)

» Parents’ income info must entered manually. Do not try to use the

IRS Data Retrieval tool.

» Because parents don’t have a SSN, they cannot create an FSA ID.

Therefore, parents must print, sign, and mail in signature page.

There is a bar code on the signature page that will match your

parent’s signature to your specific application once the signature

page is mailed into the FAFSA office listed on the signature page.

There is no need to print the entire application. Just send in the

signature page.

Step 5: On the signature/submission pages, students can sign with

their FSA ID. The parent must sign and mail in the signature page. For

the 2019-2020 school year, send the parent signature page to:

Federal Student Aid Programs

P.O. Box 7652

London, KY 40472-7652

Step 6: You will be able to check the status of your FAFSA online

via www.fafsa.ed.gov with the same FSA ID and PIN number you

created when you filed the FAFSA. Once the parent signature page is

processed, you will be able to access your Student Aid Report (SAR)

to view your EFC (expected family contribution), which is the number

that demonstrates your need This information is important for needbased


Adapted from BCTC Latinx Outreach “Coaching Students with DACA”



D I V E R S I T Y , E Q U I T Y , A N D P O V E R T Y P R O G R A M S D E P A R T M E N T



Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards, a criminal justice and social

change professor, in partnership with the Jefferson

County Public Schools Diversity, Equity, and Poverty

Programs Department, will present a series of pd events,

and a community conversation that focus on the

marginalization, resilience, and brilliance of girls of color.

The scaffolding pd will focus on the school system and

how inequities and the lack of restoration for girls (of

color) perpetuate a lower sense of belonging and

contribute to negative academic outcomes.

PD Dates:

November 28, 2018 (PD # 18-1999067) | January 23, 2019 (PD # 18-1999072)

March 27, 2019 (PD # 18-1999073) | April 17, 2019 (PD # 18-1999074)

May 15, 2019 (PD # 18-1999106)

Time: 4:45–6:45 p.m.

Location: C.B. Young Jr. Service Center, 3001 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209

Community Conversation:

Date: April 18, 2019 | Time: 6–8 p.m. | Location: C.B. Young Jr. Service Center, 3001

Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209

For more information, please contact Telva Hogan @ telva.hogan@jefferson.kyschools.us or 233-1808.



Title Session Code Date & Time Location Contact

A Mile in My Shoes:

Homeless Education

One Survivor



Empowerment and

Inclusive Pedagogy

18-1993456 January 7

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

18-1996483 January 14

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

18-1997702 January 14

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Equity N.O.W. 18-1997218 January 15

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Being the Change:

Rejecting Anti-Bias


Culturally Responsive



Racial Equity Analysis


Reaching and

Teaching Black Boys

Through Literacy

Windows and Mirrors:

Who Do Your Students


Book Study:

Symptoms of Being

Human: LGBTQ


18-1998602 January 16

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

18-1998627 January 16

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

18-1998609 January 16

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

18-1998615 January 16

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

18-1998633 January 16

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

18-1996522 January 22 and 29,

February 5, 12, and 19

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

VanHoose Education


Muhammad Ali Center

Farmer Elementary

Atherton High

Sanders Elementary

Sanders Elementary

Sanders Elementary

Sanders Elementary

Sanders Elementary

In Person and Online

See pdCentral for the


Giselle Danger-


(502) 485-6153

Dr. Monica Lakhwani

(502) 485-7269


(502) 485-3506

Vanessa McPhail

(502) 485-3631


(502) 485-3506


(502) 485-3506


(502) 485-3506


(502) 485-3506


(502) 485-3506

Dr. Monica Lakhwani

(502) 485-7269

SBDM: School

Councils and Budgets

18-1996890 January 23

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Auburndale Elementary

Dr. Shawna Stenton

(502) 485-3056

SBDM: Introduction

to School-Based

Decision Making

18-1995907 (PD)

18-1996843 (EILA)

January 23-24

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Auburndale Elementary

Dr. Shawna Stenton

(502) 485-3056

Girls to Gallows:

Public Systems and the

Mistreatment of Black


18-1999072 January 23

4:45 to 6:45 p.m.

CB Young Service


Vanessa McPhail

(502) 485-3631

Book Study: Sister


18-1999698 January 28, February 25,

and March 25

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Westport Traditional


Vanessa McPhail

(502) 485-3631

Language Learners

and Language Services

18-1996496 January 30

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

W.E.B. Du Bois


Dr. Monica Lakhwani

(502) 485-7269

To view a complete list of DEP professional development sessions, visit https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/node/1350




"The Model"

Starting in the September edition of

Envision Equity, we will highlight sample

lesson plans and videos of Jefferson

County Public Schools (JCPS) classroom

teachers who are culturally responsive and

innovative. This new section of Envision

Equity will be called “The Model.”

If you are a JCPS teacher or know of a

JCPS teacher who should be highlighted as

a model of culturally responsive and

innovative classroom practices, please

submit his or her contact information to

abdul.sharif2@jefferson.kyschools.us by

the 15th of each month.

Editor—Catherine Collesano

Editor, Photo Contributor—Abdul Sharif


Special thanks to all of our community partners and educators who helped make this special edition of

Envision Equity possible.

Envision Equity is a publication of the JCPS Department of Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs. All

submissions should be sent to Catherine Collesano at catherine.collesano@jefferson.kyschools.us or Abdul

Sharif at abdul.sharif2@jefferson.kyschools.us. If you are interested in becoming a subscriber or a

contributor to Envision Equity, please contact one of the editors at the above email address.


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