Connection Sessions are conversations between CSD's Equity Director, various invited guests, and the CSD POGM community. During each session, community members will be introduced to a person who is integral to supporting the school system and we will discuss thoughts, interests, and concerns regarding City Schools of Decatur. Each session uses a racial equity lens - always asking the question -
"What does race have to do with this?"
These sessions may not always have the answers but provide an opportunity for members of Decatur's POGM community (as well as others) to explore perspectives, pose questions, and share thoughts.
Each meeting starts at 6pm. Access it by using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/2yuj2tbs.
Session dates are listed below.
May 17th, 2021 - Dr. Maggie Furhman, Superintendent
June 15th, 2021 - Dr. Kristy Beam, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
July 19th, 2021 - Ms. Adena Walker, Director of Staff Support. Canceled due to illness.
August 16th, 2021 - Mr. Sergio Perez, FMP, Chief Operating Officer
September 20th, 2021 - Ms. Frances Holt - Chief of State and Federal Programs
October 19th, 2021 - Dr. Lillie Huddleston - Associate Superintendent of Equity And Student Services
November 15th, 2021 - Mr. Rodney Thomas - Executive Director of Student Services
December 13th, 2021 - Mr. Eston Melton Chief Information Officer
February 21st, 2022 - Ms. Courtney Burnett, Chief of Staff - Canceled due to illness.
March 21st, 2022 - Ms. Heidi Whatley - Director of Research and Analytics
April - 18th, 2022 - Ms. Lowanda Bowman - Director of Transportation
May 16th, 2022 - Dr. Holly Brookins - Principal, Glenwood Elementary
June 13th, 2022 - Ms. Lonita Broome - Chief Financial Officer
July 18th, 2022 - TBD
August 22nd, 2022 - Dr. Maggie Furhman, Superintendent, CSD
September 19th, 2022 - Ms. Adena Walker, Chief of Staff Support.
October 17th, 2022 - Mr. Billy Heaton, Principal, Talley St. Upper Elementary
November 21st, 2022 - Mrs. Courtney Burnett, Cheif of Staff, CSD
December 19th, 2022 - Mrs. Karen Newton-Scott, Principal, FAVE
Most Connection Sessions will be recorded and posted on this page a few days after each event.
* People of color, despite being minoritized in the US, are a global majority. Thus, previously entitled BIPOC Connection Sessions, the name of this event is now Connection Sessions for POGM (People of the Global Majority). There is conflict regarding the use of the term BIPOC and this article details many relevant concerns. In short, the term BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color, elevates some cultures over others in a way that does not reflect the respect each culture deserves.