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Summer 2018 Discussion Series (Click for summary of all discussions)

Teachers’ Democracy Project presents


Most events start at 6pm with dinner. Short presentations at 6:30. Discussions 7:00-8:00.

10 E. North Ave. unless otherwise noted. RSVP to or 410-340-8809.

Childcare provided upon request. Please check for updates to events

Monday July 16: Why schools can’t go back to the way they were

Join a discussion with education advocate and Towson University Education Professor Jessica Shiller about how efforts to “reform” schools nationally and locally have not worked.  Learn why schools were better when our parents and grandparents went to school and why we can’t just teach the basics and have safe schools the way we used to.

Saturday July 21: The Importance of Black men in schools

This discussion will begin with a presentation from Anthony Peňa from the Office of Student Support on his work around increasing Black teachers as well as a brief presentation on the research related to why Black children need Black role models. Participants will get to share their stories stories of Black male engagement and discuss how to retain more Black males in schools. Coffee and light breakfast 10am-12pm. Location: New Song 1530 Presstman St.

Monday July 30: Understanding School Funding & Budgets

A conversation with Liberty Elementary Principal Joe Manko and education advocate Kim Trueheart on where school funding comes from and how to understand a school budget.  Learn information needed to be able to review your own school budget as a part of a School Family Council or PTA/PTO.

Thursday Aug. 9: Curriculum in Schools 

How does curriculum get created and by whom?  Why do some schools and teachers have more freedom than others? What do people mean when they say Cultural Responsiveness? What is the new literacy curriculum?  How do you balance between high standards and meeting kids where they are? 

Monday August 13: Discipline, bullying and the supports kids need

What has happened to school discipline?  Why are schools under pressure to avoid suspensions?   What resources do schools need to be able to handle bullying and other challenges?  What is currently working--Restorative Practices, CASEL, social workers, PBIS and other programs? Parents and teachers get a chance to hear from Baltimore City Schools staff and discuss the challenges with bullying and student behavior and what can be done about it.

Monday Aug. 27: How to Build Parent Power

Join Waverly parent Joseph Kane for a discussion on parent power.  Looking at policies and strategies related to parent involvement and what needs to happen to create a city-wide network of parents who have a real say.  Examining the Parent Community Advisory Board (PCAB), Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) and School Family Councils (SFC’s).