LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee - MSAAC

LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee - MSAAC MSAAC is striving to ensure that the LCPS community is culturally competent and provides fair and equitable instruction to all LCPS students.
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https://face2faceafrica.com/article/meet-the-gallant-all-black-american-female-battalion-that-served-in-europe-during-wo...
06/09/2019
Meet the gallant all-black American female battalion that served in Europe during World War II - Face2Face Africa

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/meet-the-gallant-all-black-american-female-battalion-that-served-in-europe-during-world-war-ii?

The first time American women fought in a war was during the American Civil War. Women were not allowed to be selected into the draft, so they disguised themselves as men and fought instead. A few of them were only discovered to be women when found dead. American women were only allowed to serve in....

Some of our members may be interested in this event at the Ashburn Library, June 13 7 pm, for teens and adults.
06/06/2019

Some of our members may be interested in this event at the Ashburn Library, June 13 7 pm, for teens and adults.

Teaching About Ramadan and Eid
06/05/2019
Teaching About Ramadan and Eid

Teaching About Ramadan and Eid

Discuss the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with students—and take a step toward countering Islamophobia.

Some of our members may be interested in these events from our friends @EqualityLoCo  for #LoCoPride2019:
06/01/2019

Some of our members may be interested in these events from our friends @EqualityLoCo for #LoCoPride2019:

MSAAC Interest Survey:  Shaping 2019-2020The Loudoun County Public Schools Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committ...
06/01/2019
MSAAC Interest Survey: Shaping 2019-2020

MSAAC Interest Survey: Shaping 2019-2020

The Loudoun County Public Schools Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC) could use your input to help shape the direction of the committee for the 2019/2020 academic year. Please complete the brief survey, which can be found at the following link. https://forms.gle/kFxNZLVJJM6oV9TBA
The deadline for completion is Friday, June 14. Any questions can be sent to [email protected].
Thank you in advance for your support.

Regards,
MSAAC Executive Board

Dear MSAAC Members, Families and Friends, Please complete this brief survey so MSAAC can continue presenting LCPS stakeholders with meaningful and relevant information, recommendations, and tools. Your input will shape MSAAC meeting agendas, initiatives, and communications. Thank you in advance for....

Do your kids have their summer reading planned?  How about this page turner?  @diversebooks included this with other sug...
05/29/2019

Do your kids have their summer reading planned? How about this page turner? @diversebooks included this with other suggestions. #EquityMatters #RepresentationMatters What are your kids reading these days?

Zerell Johnson-Welch for School Board
05/22/2019

Zerell Johnson-Welch for School Board

Chris Croll, thank you for the enthusiastic endorsement! I look forward to serving the families of the Catoctin District and building upon the progress you and your team have made so far.

05/14/2019

FYI: One item on tonight's school board meeting agenda is the mission and admissions for the Academies of Loudoun. May 14 School Board meeting starts at 6:30 pm, LCPS Admin Bldg.

Please join us for the First Annual MSAAC Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 15.  Add your voice to those celebrating teacher...
05/13/2019

Please join us for the First Annual MSAAC Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 15. Add your voice to those celebrating teachers and students who have celebrated diversity and advanced equity in LCPS.

Help!  We've heard that some of our members did not receive this message.  Please help us spread the word.  Thank you!
05/11/2019

Help! We've heard that some of our members did not receive this message. Please help us spread the word. Thank you!

All MSAAC members are invited to give feedback to the Equity Collaborative on Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the LCPS Admin Bldg. This #Equity audit will inform the work of the LCPS Equity Ad Hoc Committee as well as ongoing staff training. #YourVoiceMatters #MagnifyingTruth

Equity Workshop in Charlottesvile June 26. This workshop will focus on the capacity of school leaders to promote cultura...
05/11/2019
Creating Cultures of Equity and Excellence, Part II:

Equity Workshop in Charlottesvile June 26. This workshop will focus on the capacity of school leaders to promote cultural responsiveness and inclusion to meet the needs of all learners.

http://www.cvent.com/events/creating-cultures-of-equity-and-excellence/event-summary-eccdf04b022e48ffaa3b592c5743e713.aspx

Come with a Vision; Leave with a Plan This day’s learning will focus on inspiring and enhancing the capacity of district and school leaders to foster school environments and promote cultural responsiveness and inclusion to meet the needs of all learners. Workshop participants will be engaged in a ...

We are nearing our MSAAC Awards Gala on May 15.  Please join us as we honor teachers and students who have used their ta...
05/08/2019

We are nearing our MSAAC Awards Gala on May 15. Please join us as we honor teachers and students who have used their talents to advance equity at LCPS. It's not too late to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

All MSAAC members are invited to give feedback to the Equity Collaborative on Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the LCPS...
05/06/2019

All MSAAC members are invited to give feedback to the Equity Collaborative on Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the LCPS Admin Bldg. This #Equity audit will inform the work of the LCPS Equity Ad Hoc Committee as well as ongoing staff training. #YourVoiceMatters #MagnifyingTruth

Thought-provoking and practical ideas to engage students in social justice, "How would you end this story?"  https://soc...
05/04/2019
The Struggle Continues: How the Endings of Children’s Literature Create False Narratives of Social Movements - Social Justice Books

Thought-provoking and practical ideas to engage students in social justice, "How would you end this story?"
https://socialjusticebooks.org/the-struggle-continues/

By Makai Kellogg We all know what “The End” means when reading a children’s book. The story has concluded. The last sentence of a book can also indicate to a reader that there is closure. But what are the consequences of that closure when it comes to books about ongoing social movements? Isn.....

All MSAAC members are invited to give feedback to the Equity Collaborative on Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the LCPS...
05/03/2019

All MSAAC members are invited to give feedback to the Equity Collaborative on Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the LCPS Admin Bldg. This #Equity audit will inform the work of the LCPS Equity Ad Hoc Committee as well as ongoing staff training. #YourVoiceMatters #MagnifyingTruth

Practical advice for teachers in this article from the American Federation of Teachers' magazine:  https://www.aft.org/a...
05/03/2019
Reading and Teaching the Rainbow

Practical advice for teachers in this article from the American Federation of Teachers' magazine: https://www.aft.org/ae/spring2019/hermann-wilmarth_ryan. Thanks to @EqualityLoCo for supporting this work in our community. #RepresentationMatters #AllMeansAll #Equity #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Making Elementary School Classrooms LGBTQ-Inclusive By Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth, Caitlin L. Ryan People are sometimes shocked by the notion that teachers should address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) topics in elementary schools. Maybe they think children those ages are too y...

LCPS Teachers, please be mindful our Muslim students and families during Ramadan.  Thanks @LoudounEA for sharing this in...
05/02/2019

LCPS Teachers, please be mindful our Muslim students and families during Ramadan. Thanks @LoudounEA for sharing this information.

Our gala is just two weeks away!  It's not too late to RSVP.  We hope to see you there!  Please help us celebrate the gr...
05/02/2019

Our gala is just two weeks away! It's not too late to RSVP. We hope to see you there! Please help us celebrate the great work of our teachers and students who celebrate diversity and advance equity. #EquityMatters

"It is not good enough to put an historical account of the civil rights movement on the shelf and call it representation...
05/01/2019
Stop Dismissing Inclusive Children’s Books as ‘Too Political’

"It is not good enough to put an historical account of the civil rights movement on the shelf and call it representation." #WeNeedDiverseBooks #RepresentationMatters #WhatsInYourClassroomLibrary
https://lithub.com/stop-dismissing-inclusive-childrens-books-as-too-political/

In a recent article for The Atlantic, Joe Pinsker reports on a recent trend of “woke” picture books, citing sources at Publisher’s Weekly and Barnes & Noble on the popularity of chi…

In Loudoun, if you've ever needed counseling for your teen, you know how hard it is to find a therapist accepting new cl...
04/29/2019
Blend Counseling Network

In Loudoun, if you've ever needed counseling for your teen, you know how hard it is to find a therapist accepting new clients who doesn't charge a fortune. A nonprofit initiative by a Loudoun resident aims to provide much-needed service at reduced cost.
https://www.blendcounselingnetwork.org/

Blend Counseling Network is a new non-profit organization* created in 2019 to provide more affordable counseling opportunities to local middle school and high school students. Through our network of clinicians, we offer low-cost psycho educational groups and individual counseling sessions. We aim to...

A Mexican-American main character so powerfully written you'll feel as if you have a new best friend.  Young Adult novel...
04/23/2019

A Mexican-American main character so powerfully written you'll feel as if you have a new best friend. Young Adult novel. What are you reading? #RepresentationMatters #OwnVoices @ErikaLSanchez

Who wants to attend the National Antiracist Book Festival, here in D.C. on April 27?  Check out the list of authors who ...
04/20/2019
Annual Book Festival

Who wants to attend the National Antiracist Book Festival, here in D.C. on April 27? Check out the list of authors who will be presenting: Ijeoma Oluo, Jason Reynolds, Robin DiAngelo, Jacqueline Woodson, and so many more!
antiracistbookfest.com

Annual Book Festival

Here is a community event sponsored by the Loudoun County government Multicultural Advisory Committee.  Space is limited...
04/19/2019

Here is a community event sponsored by the Loudoun County government Multicultural Advisory Committee. Space is limited and registration is required. Hope to see you there!

What was it like to participate in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March?  This first-hand account is perfect for upper-ele...
04/18/2019

What was it like to participate in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March? This first-hand account is perfect for upper-elementary and up.

"Strategies for Teaching Fearless Social Emotional Learning"  How does LCPS address the intersection of Social-Emotional...
04/16/2019
Why We Can't Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning

"Strategies for Teaching Fearless Social Emotional Learning" How does LCPS address the intersection of Social-Emotional Learning and #Equity?
http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education_update/apr19/vol61/num04/Why_We_Can't_Afford_Whitewashed_Social-Emotional_Learning.aspx

Our young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world—one where our own citizens commit terrorist acts against their fellow countrymen and women. Hate-fueled violence against black and Jewish Americans this past fall was a particularly terrifying reminder of our new reality.

What books do you recommend that feature main characters who happen to be autistic?  Here's one that might help your neu...
04/15/2019

What books do you recommend that feature main characters who happen to be autistic? Here's one that might help your neurotypical friends develop understanding. #AutismAcceptance

Would you like to review the slides from Dr. Williams' presentation to MSAAC last week?  Would you like to share them wi...
04/14/2019
Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee / 2018-2019 General Membership Meeting Notes and Mat

Would you like to review the slides from Dr. Williams' presentation to MSAAC last week? Would you like to share them with your principal, your PTO, or your friend? Please visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/210763. Thank you.

Thank you to MSAAC member, Ms. Katrece Nolen, for acquiring the following documents from LCPS and giving us permission to share them.  This is the source of the data we discussed during our meeting.

It's not too late to RSVP!  We hope to see you there!
04/13/2019

It's not too late to RSVP! We hope to see you there!

04/10/2019

Candidates for our 2019-2020 executive board will be presented tonight. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Check in with Natalia Beardslee tonight if you are interested in running for chair, vice-chair, or secretary. #RepresentationMatters #YourVoiceMatters

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