The district is hosting a training series for parents/guardians. To kick things off the first workshop will review how district and school sites receive funding and the rights and responsibilities of parents committees in connection to those funds.
Please join us on December 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm via zoom!
Learning Policy Institute outlines strategies to improve equity through restorative justice practices
As your AAPAC is looking at resources to support Black students at school, look into restorative justice. Restorative justice can be particularly impactful in making disciplinary practices more equitable for students of color, who are often disproportionately affected by exclusionary practices.
As our district and our school leaders work to move away from exclusionary (suspension) disciplinary policies and toward restorative approaches focused on relationship-building, a Learning Policy Institute report released illustrates strategies both informal, like the use of shared vocabulary, and formal, like restorative circles and conferences.
The idea behind restorative justice/practices should be to create an environment that lets staff and students express themselves in a positive, healthy way through shared vocabulary and by focusing on the feelings of the speaker, rather than putting the issue on the listener, according to the report. Impromptu student conferences can also be used to redirect behaviors so the student misses little instructional time. Restorative circles are one of the main components of these approaches and guided by a trained facilitator, they can be used to build community, help students connect to academic studies, and welcome students back to school with a fresh start, the report said.
Restorative justice/practices are a way to decrease suspensions. It is a way for both students and adults to explore harm that they may have caused, and learn how it impacted another person or a group of people. Please look at how to include restorative justice in your school site.
HBCU-LEEA presents "HBCU Proud", a virtual visit to the more than 100 HBCU's around the nation. Learn about these institutions, view "on campus" videos, hear student testimonials, connect to their websites, and social media platforms, and appreciate the impact of the HBCU experience on young lives.
Interesting HBCU Facts
More than 50% of the nation’s African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists and physicians earned degrees at HBCUs.
In 2000, Xavier University in New Orleans produced more successful African American medical school applicants (94) than John Hopkins (20), Harvard (37), and the University of Maryland(24) combined. There were two other schools that placed in the top ten producers of medical school applicants; they were Morehouse (33), and Spelman (38).
Spelman and Bennett Colleges produce over half of the nation’s African American women who go on to earn doctorates in all science fields; more than produced by the following combined Ivy League’s schools (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Wellesley, and Vassar Colleges). • HBCUs significantly contribute to the creation of African American science degree holders: agriculture (51.6%), biology (42.2%), computer science (35%), physical science (43%), and social science (23.2%).
HBCUs produce 44% of all African American bachelor’s degrees awarded for communications technology, 33% of bachelor’s degrees awarded for engineering technology, and 43% of bachelor’s awarded for mathematics.
HBCUs produce 40% of all African American doctorate degrees awarded for communications.
This experience is brought to the HBCU-LEEA by the website designed, hosted, and published by HBCU First Inc.
Scholarship opportunities for college-bound students
Scholarships are an important part of the financial makeup of many students. If you are planning on attending college, please apply for all scholarships available. Please contact your high school counselor for support. To supplement support at your school site, the OAASA will be hosting workshops to support students with scholarship applications and essay writing. Please be on the lookout for future dates.
Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc. Xi Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The Xi Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 to outstanding African American high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship award will be paid to the recipient upon proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university, for the 2022-2023 academic year. Complete this application to apply for any of the awards listed below. Only submit one application to be considered for the awards you designate on the application.
Anita Baskervill Harris Scholarship
Dr. Jem Lee African-American Scholarship
Golden Sorors Scholarship
Shaping the Future of STEM/ Urban Planning Scholarship
Gail Johnson Murphy Scholarship
Nettie Chase Backstrom Scholarship
Silver Stars Scholarship
For the application and more information click here
Chevron Black Employee Network Scholarship Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Committee – Dr. William F. King Scholarship
We invite your high school to participate in the 2021 Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Committee Scholarship Program. Since 2004, the Chevron Richmond Black Employee Network (BEN) has awarded over 40 scholarships to deserving high school students from the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Funding for the scholarships is provided by Chevron Richmond’s Policy, Government & Public Affairs (PGPA) department in partnership with the Richmond Black History Awareness Committee (BHAC). The scholarship is given in honor of Dr. William F. King. Dr. King is a distinguished African American Chemical Engineer who retired from Chevron in 2003. He also served as a Chevron recruiter, mentor, and community activist.
“It takes a village to raise a child.” This African proverb is as true today as it ever was. OAASA needs parent volunteers to support our students throughout the year. If you think you would be interested in helping our Black students please apply to be a volunteer. https://www.wccusd.net/domain/93 We need tutors, chaperones, mentors, etc. for our students! We need you.
OAASA Newsletter Submission
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