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A4E Presenter Series ​

January 12, 2019

Building a More Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education

Layla Garms, Winston Salem Foundation 

Layla Garm's Presentation:

- Powerpoint slides

Faith in the City Series

February 5, 2019 A panel discussion focusing on the various views of equity in WSFCS; case studies and lessons from other districts successfully implementing models of equity within their school systems; and Action4Equity’s plan to make WSFCS a grade A equitable school district.

Dr. Edwin Bell's Presentation:

- Powerpoint slides

- Achievement Gap data


Dr. Edwin Bell | Equity in Education + Policy
Action4Equity, Co Coordinator

Edwin Dewey Bell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the Boston Public schools – Julia Ward Howe Elementary School and Boston Latin School. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, an MA in Community and Social Psychology at Boston College, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, he is a Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Professional Studies (ELCPS) at Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC. He has over 40 years of experience as an administrator and a faculty member in Psychology and Educational Leadership in Higher Education. His research interests have focused on community and organizational change and development, staff development, and academic achievement.


Terrance Hawkins | Faith & Equity
A4E Community Coalition: Drum Majors Alliance, Co-Founder

Terrance Hawkins is a husband & father of 4 beautiful children. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, he has served the his city the last 15 years through youth development work, faith-rooted community organizing, pastoral ministry, & the arts. He is the founder/director of Lit City (a youth development initiative), co-founder of a collective of local activists called the Drum Majors Alliance, & currently serves as the Co-Executive Director for the School of Love.


Dr. Willette Nash | Equity in the WSFC/SS
Action4Equity, Co Coordinator

After years of teaching at the elementary level in Winston-Salem, Dr. Willette Nash became a curriculum administrator for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools specializing in multicultural education. She has earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist, a masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a doctorate of philosophy in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Currently Dr. Nash serves as the Academic Director for Piedmont Renewal Network’s.


Peggy Nicholson | Equity Models in School Districts
A4E Community Facilitator: Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Youth Project, Director

Peggy D. Nicholson is the Director of the Youth Justice Project, which works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for North Carolina youth in high-quality education, juvenile, and criminal systems. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies, and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. Prior to joining SCSJ, Peggy was Supervising Attorney of Advocates for Children’s Services of Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she provided legal assistance to students and parents experiencing school push-out, conducted community education and outreach on school-to-prison pipeline issues, and collaborated with other education justice advocates across the state.

Minister's Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity School Board Forum

March 26, 2019

Action4Equity was asked to create the questions for the board members in attendance and help lead the discussion. The following questions are among those submitted for discussion. 

  1. What is the status of the new Ashley Academy?

  2. Has the district identified any negative implications around the last rezoning effort that many felt further segregated the schools? & What are the current objectives of the School Choice Committee?  

  3. Are there any plans to recruit teachers with higher levels of capacity across the district with an emphasis on the low performing schools?

  4. How will instruction change in Title I schools from low level worksheets to higher order strategies from the upper end of Bloom’s taxonomy which focuses on cultivating and strengthening critical thinking skills?

  5. What is being done to help teachers understand how to utilize an assets based orientation towards poor black and brown students?

  6. What criteria beyond just a warm body is being used to determine teachers eligibility for additional pay to teach in the Remagine Schools?  

  7. How can the Minister’s Conference align with the School Board in order to strengthen community relations with the leadership and staff at local public schools?

  8. Will graduation from the Howard University Urban Superintendents Program be considered as an  important credential in selecting the next superintendent?

  9. Are there plans to evaluate the current Instructional Superintendent's effectiveness in leading for Instructional improvement and closing achievement gaps for children in Title I Schools?

  10. How do you see the faith based community collaborating with the school system in an effort to increase more positive outcomes, especially in Title 1 schools?

  11. The achievement gaps in 3rd grade reading and mathematics, 8th grade reading and mathematics, and the State required ACT test have persisted for several years; What do you see as the causes of those gaps.

  12. What system-wide strategies have you identified to work on the causes for those achievement gaps?

Part 1 and Part 2 of the forum are below: