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Children at the Crossroads of Change

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Defining US

Saturday, April 22nd at Noon.

Stratford High School

There will be a special screening of the documentary movie “Children at the Crossroads of Change” followed by a panel discussion on Saturday, April 22nd at 12:00 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) at Stratford High School, 245 King Street.

Watch the inspiring stories of students. Listen to the credible voices of educators. Learn how to navigate the pressing, vital issues that define our humanity and our lives. Resources that improve our attitudes and behaviors. A network that connects families, schools, and communities.  A classroom without walls to create hope, healing, and unity in divided times.

Defining US shares the stories of Black and Brown students who are directly impacted by the race debate and provides an up close and personal look at the commitment of educators who fight daily for the right of all students to know their history, celebrate their heritage, and access the opportunities they need to achieve and succeed.

The idea to produce the film began as part of a conversation between Paul Forbes, a Black educator from New York and Stacey DeWitt, a White producer from Atlanta who have different backgrounds and perspectives, but share similar hearts and minds. That discussion was the beginning of a friendship and many honest, sometimes uncomfortable, but always constructive conversations about race that informed the film and continue today.

Small group discussions will follow the film which will allow for questions and further discussion with members of the Stratford Public Schools DEI-SEL committee and the Stratford Citizens Addressing Racial Equity (C.A.R.E). The discussion facilitator for the afternoon will be Paul Forbes.

Paul Forbes serves as the Director of Partnerships for Defining US, is a cast member and is the Former Executive Director within the Office of Equity and Access for the New York City Department of Education.

Admission is FREE. Reservation is online ONLY

For more information, Yvonne Temple, Supervisor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement at templey@stratk12.org.

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