Moving Forward Together Summit
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. Staff. September 01, 2017.

Communities throughout South Carolina came together to talk about race and its effect on schools. The first day of Moving Forward Together: A National Summit of Schools, Communities, and Law Enforcement kicked off on June 12, 2017. Educators, members of the community, and political leaders spent 2 days talking about the role race plays in South Carolina schools as well as law enforcement’s role in the classroom and the community.

To continue schools’ service as centers of community progress and national advancement, the Summit focused on four of the nine areas of school excellence identified by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. as critical areas for school success. These areas are
1.School Organization and Culture;
2.Student Focus and Support;
3.School, Family, and Community Partnerships; and
4.Leadership and Educational Vitality.

The process utilized during the Summit draws community stakeholders together to develop strategies and tactical measures designed to equip the next generation of school-aged children with the skills and resources necessary to be successful citizens.

Two sessions at the Summit were led by School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties (District Five) staff members. District Five is a fiscal year (FY) 2013 Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant recipient. One session was presented by Sara Wheeler, the project director for District Five’s MSAP grant, along with Sara Kearns, Chad Raynor, and Julie White. The session focused on how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and cultural competency, are embedded in District Five schools and across the district to support children of poverty. 

Another session was led by Kaaren Hampton at Irmo Magnet High School, which is part of District Five’s FY 2013 MSAP project. The session featured a panel of students that discussed how the use of the Anonymous Alerts system and PBIS both assist in a daily seamless communication between students, faculty, and staff.
Building on the success of the 2016 National Summit, the 2017 Summit provided communities with tools to create a culture of understanding and respect in their schools and neighborhoods.

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