Natalia has set out to tackle restorative practices in her school. She is also a founder of a teacher caucus called Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators (BMORE).
Tishea helped her kids create a video about the life of Lillie May Caroll Jackson, a Baltimore NAACP chapter founder and activist. The kids wrote a script, thought about how her life connected to theirs and learned the video skills needed to record the Caroll story. They edited and shared the video with parents and schoolmates at a final showcase.
Queen is implementing circles in her advisory and with a difficult group of girls to see if she can work proactively on building school culture.
Christy is working with Sarah Smilkstein to transform the cafeteria at Liberty Elementary into a peaceful, fun and educational environment.
Jamar is working with Sofia Vega at Forest Park High School. They are launching a lunch club to build a team of youth who identify and work on a school issue that they most want to change. Sofia and Jamar will help them think through and implement their ideas.
Keysha is a teacher and parent at Leithwalk Elementary, Roslyn is a parent. They are the president and Vice President of their schools Parent Teacher Organization. They have been working hard on recruitment of parents and raising awareness in the community about the PTO. They are now focused on gathering volunteers and parents to be a presence in the school so they can assist with behavior issues.
Roslyn is a parent at Leithwalk Elementary. They are the president and Vice President of their schools Parent Teacher Organization. They have been working hard on recruitment of parents and raising awareness in the community about the PTO. They are now focused on gathering volunteers and parents to be a presence in the school so they can assist with behavior issues.
Mahatara is a parent of two BCPS students. Her project is about getting dynamic African Americans who live in Baltimore to come teach a workshops and lead discussions with kids at Robert W. Coleman. Mahatara is most interested in how she can connect students to black culture in a way that instills pride and power.
Nicole is focused on Social Justice Curriculum and how to build a movement of teachers that are committed to this idea. She is currently working on launching a social justice curriculum fair where teachers can share curriculum and network with one another.
Raven wants to develop a curriculum that will allow students to become more invested in restorative practices.
Kim has launched a project called the Village Project. Building off the saying “it takes a village to raise a child,” she strives to embed community in her neighborhood school very differently than before. Kim has included local businesses, activists, faith organizations and nonprofit service providers as well as teachers and parents. The group has identified two issues that they are primarily concerned with: young adults who gamble and deal drugs around the school grounds and parent and teacher communication.
Steven has informally taken on the role of disciplinarian for the whole seventh grade. He has been conducting circles and helped create a room for struggling students to go to to sit with an administrator.