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“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.

Register online.

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:

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.