What’s in Mayor Bowser’s Budget?

June 1, 2021

            Friday, May 28, 2021 12 pm – 1 pm During this coffee chat, budget and advocacy expert Ed Lazere shared what we know about the Mayor’s initial budget and what it means for YOUR #ParentPriorities. We discussed next steps to take as POWERFUL parent advocates in upcoming hearings and […]

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Russchelle Moore: Forever healing open wounds

May 12, 2021

Trigger Warning: This blog piece mentions multiple forms of trauma, including drug and alcohol addiction and abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. My entire life I’ve been given the same three tips when it comes to supporting my mental health.  First, there’s “I’m sure you’re feeling just fine! Maybe you should go take a nap.” […]

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Coffee Chat on School Budgets

April 23, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021 4 pm – 5 pm During this coffee chat, budget and advocacy expert Ed Lazere discussed the DC budget process and how schools get funded. Ward 7 parent leader Elizabeth Reddick also shared what advocacy at both DCPS and public charter schools looks like and how parents can get involved in […]

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Coffee Chat on Federal Special Education Advocacy

April 20, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021 5:30 pm – 7 pm Meghan Whittaker from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) discussed the US Department of Education’s guidance for special education during remote learning, recent federal laws that provide funds to schools, and the top issues related to services for and inclusion of students with disabilities. Watch […]

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Coffee Chat on the State of DC Schools

April 15, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021 4 pm – 5 pm During this coffee chat Chelsea Coffin and Tanaz Meghjani from DC Policy Center discussed their new report on the State of DC Schools Report, which examines how schools navigated the pandemic’s disproportionate consequences on students who are considered at-risk. We also discussed opportunities to amplify and […]

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DC Parent Voice & Choice Week: Meeting with OSSE

February 1, 2021

Friday, January 29th, 2021 3 pm – 4 pm PAVE parent leaders sit down with Interim Superintendent Shana Young and OSSE’s Special Education Department to highlight the issues parents have identified in their updated #DCSchoolsRecovery Statement of Beliefs. Watch the full meeting HERE Full Agenda with chat questions

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Shayne Swift: For students who live in the shadows of shame

January 21, 2021

The old adage goes “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Growing up, I believed this wholeheartedly. I had to believe it so I could believe less in the nicknames given to me by some family members, teachers, and grade-school friends: scatterbrained, clumsy, forgetful, danger-prone, lazy, disorganized, unfocused, messy, […]

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Jonida Spahija: Families need safe, in-person options for students who struggle with learning from home

January 21, 2021

Teaching in person and teaching remotely is a vastly different experience for students, teachers, and parents alike. My 5-year-old daughter, Z, is competitive, extroverted, and curious. Like many students across the district did in September, Z started a brand-new school remotely where she was confronted with unfamiliar teachers, classmates, norms, and curriculum, as well as […]

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