“Elevating Equity in Schools” Film Screening and Mini-Conference, March 17-18, 2023
March 2nd, 2023
HCPSS, in partnership with several Howard County organizations, will host two free events this month: a screening and discussion of the 2019 documentary “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” on Friday, March 17 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center and a mini-conference on Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Long Reach High School.
The events are geared toward high school students, families, staff, and community partners. Participants do not need to attend one in order to participate in the other.
Film Screening and Community Discussion – March 17
The film “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” takes a close look at the educational, judicial, and societal disparities facing Black Girls. Inspired by the book of the same name, the documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline, disrupting their education. The film provides Black girls the chance to share their challenges and their triumphs.
Mini-Conference – March 18
The Elevating Equity in Schools mini-conference is geared toward providing school administrators, educators, parents, students, and community members the knowledge they need to ensure all students experience equity in school. The half-day event will feature remarks from various leaders and administrators, a panel discussion, several workshops, as well as remarks and performances from HCPSS students. Please select which two seminars you would like to attend when securing your ticket.
Tickets are available online.
The mini-conference will take an in-depth look at educational practices through a racial equity lens, removing systemic barriers to success that individuals face, and increasing access, opportunities and support for all students. Workshops will be facilitated by HCPSS staff and community leaders, and include:
- Neighborhood Narratives: How the Stories We Tell Influence the Beliefs We Hold
- Creating Community
- Elevating Equity for our Black Girls-Moving from the Pushout to Sacred and Loved
- The Pushback: Equipping Parents of Teens with Concrete Strategies for Supporting and Empowering Teens
- Difference Between Being Admitted and Accepted: Welcome to the HBCU Experience
- Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness
- Students and Belongingness
- Equity-Centered Leadership Coaching
- Leading with Empathy
- The Case Study: Leading with Equity
- Celebrating Asian American Heritage Month Across HCPSS Schools
- The Pushout Documentary and Screening
- LGBTQIA: Best Practices for Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students
- A Cultural Experience: The Journey of Hispanic Families
- Sense of Belonging: Questioning and Listening Skills
- Social and Emotional Learning for Students
- Creating Protective Cover for Black Girls: The Real Counter Narrative to the Pushout Dilemma
- Creating Joyful Spaces for Black Girls
- HBCU History: Why We Should Attend an HBCU
- Opening Up Through Young Adult Literature
- My MASK is Too Tight
The Elevating Equity in Schools events are offered through the support of several organizations, including the Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity, Howard County Library System, Community Allies of Rainbow Youth, The Horizon Foundation, The Local Children’s Board, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Maryland, and others.