Grassroots Action and Power
What is Power? www.grassrootssolutions.com
We are taught many different things throughout life about power, some of it is good and much of it is bad. While power can be used constructively or destructively, its definition has a positive connotation:
Power is the ability to create change, either through the action of an individual or an entire group of people.
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DSC Training in Portland
Moratorium and Model Code Training
Press Conference, PPU showed up to talk about a child who was facing expulsion for trying to protect himself after being bullied. His mom in this picture was speaking of the ordeal. In solidarity was Jobs for Justice, Solidiarty Committee for Portland Teachers Association, The New Jim Crow and Jefferson High School Students....
PPU-DIRECTOR SPEAKING @ P.A.T. Rally
We spoke of how we support the teachers union when comes to small classrooms and wraparound services. We however have some of the same complaints with teachers as they have with PPS Board and Superintendent. They are also the ones who can start the process of kicking our kids out but they are the ones who are willing to sit down with PPU to talk about an agreement on a "Moratorium on School Pushout.-
SPOKE SCHOOL CLOSURE RALLY
Sheila spoke of the history of disrespect in the NE community. Racism alive and well.
The segregation (or “racial isolation,”) would not be so objectionable if weren’t for the fact that schools in predominantly white, middle class neighborhoods have dramatically better offerings than the rest of Portland. The desegregation plan hatched by Herndon’s Black United Front and pushed through by then-school board members Steve Buel, Herb Cawthorne and Wally Priestley 1980
THE POWER THREE WOMEN
of PPU, Dr. Nancy Golden The Ore. Chief Ed. Officer and Angela J-Holland, Dir. of NWDSA
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
PPU PRESENCE AT THE OACE CONFERENCE
"OACE provides quality staff development and parental support to strengthen the educational experience for all students."
The Oregon Association for Comprehensive Education (OACE) was founded in October 1992 continuing the long tradition pioneered by the Oregon Department of Education of keeping Title I administrators, teachers and educational assistants informed of, and prepared to, meet federal program goals. Essential to this is providing the time to meet with colleagues
NAACP ACTSO PROGRAM
Coordinated by our own Cynthia Harris
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
DINNER AT THE QUARTET
OUR FAMILIES were treated to a Thanksgiving dinner by Trailblazer Dorell Wright. Kids enjoyed taking pictures with Dorell...The Quartet Restuarant is an upscale restaurant which most of us cannot afford.
GRANDFATHERS LEADING GINTH PARADE
Many are attracted to social service - the rewards are immediate, the gratification quick. But if we have social justice, we won't need social service.
PPU FAMILIES PARTICIPATED IN PARADE
The Good In The Hood Parade
Parade entries should be colorful and an exciting display of creativity and originality. Presentation is a plus. An email or postcard will be sent confirming approved parade entries. Unapproved entries will be refunded. Parade rules, regulations, and additional information are posted on the website.
PPU AND FAMILIES MARCHED IN PARADE
Ronald and Sheila Warren
Tobin and Mollie Krell, Son
Daniel Garcia and 2 daughters
Gloria Fluker and two Grandchildren
ALLIES WHO SUPPORT PPU
Dr. Nancy Brown State Education Officer
Sue Ann Higgens Academic Officer PPS
Gwen Sullivan Portland Teachers Assoc President
Melissa Goff Teaching and Learning Manager PPS
Miclael Bailey Atorney Disability Rights Oregon
Christina Albo Resolution Northwest
John Inglish Speical Ed Oregon State University/ all on the experience panel
NEW COLUMBIA PARENTING CLASS
Coordinated By PPU
In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
IMPACTED PARENTS PPU SUPPORTS
PPU sponsors a safe confidential parent gathering called "Second Wednesday". This event happens evey month to bring families together to address their needs, concerns, with our support ......Workshops will be available depending on the needs of the Families. Make sure you join our newsletter to stay informed and check the calanders often.
DATA WITH A SOUL THE PUSHOUT CHORUS
PPU Supports Parents and community members as well as PPU Board Members...
We are excited about the PPU Pushout
Chorus birthed on April 12, 2013 at the "Disproportionate Discipline" training conference. Seven parents spoke of their "push out stories as a chorus panel. We blended parent stories with what PPU/RLD is about and how important a tool it is to use to listen to families and their stories on "Push Out"
FOCUS ON THE BLACK FAMILY 2009 RADIO
FOCUS ON THE BLACK FAMILY
WHAT DOES A BLACK FAMILY
LOOK LIKE IN 2009
CABLE TV PROGRAM CALLED "GHETTO RISE"
Sponsored by Portland Parent Union
Producer and Director
Sheila Warren founder of Portland Parent Union.
Damon Isiah Turner
Rev. Cecil Prescod
"Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts."
Marian Wright Edelman
to organize Parents for better outcomes by enriching them through support, information and education. We are dedicated to parents: to involve their families, to anticipate their challenges and help them to take advantage of opportunities to guarantee a successful student. We are dedicated to the Parent's development of leadership skills, knowledge and responsibility.
a grandmother who was referred by someone from the district. She has become a presence in my life. Her Grandson is highly influenced by peers. He is a smart young man but as we know it is not cool to be smart. In analyzing this he was being labeled. Grandmother volunteered already but principal and teachers did not like her being there. She was labeled as the trouble maker. I got a call from her one day telling me that the teacher of her child's classroom locked the door when she saw her coming. The principal would not give her the time of day when she tried to complain. This little boy has been suspended and gets referrals all the time. It is early enough where we can track him. Grandmother has since joined the PTA and the site Council. Last report this year; he is doing better because of a new teacher who cares. The principal still the same. His record still the same! I can go on with many more stories? we have been overloaded with statistics. Now lets get overloaded with the case studies.
Dilemma- I never hear anything about parent involvement when a child is disciplined. I checked and found out their is little data or statistics or accountability around making sure that the parent has all the communications, tools, support and education they need when their child is being disciplined.
More often the teacher or the principal does not have a clear understanding of this process and exactly how to include the parents and in my opinion sometimes hide behind this excuse to do what they want. Across the board the inconsistencies have been devastating to students of color. In hearing the family stories their is a common concern and that is families often feel like the principal, teachers and staff are all in it together and will do everything they can to protect themselves at the expense of their children. Families often feel ganged on. Please try to figure out how we can help these families now! when we identify the schools we want to work with lets identify the families we need to wrap around immediately!!
Sheila Warren a Member of Community Education Partners
Date Friday, 16 Oct 2009 12:06:07-0700
My story Sheila Warren, Grandmother (to present at meeting today with Xavier Botano) As some of you know I am a champion of case studies. We need the data but folks need help now! Yes the work we do is imperative. We need to have rules and policies, even laws changed, but this takes time. I sometimes sit at the CEP table and wonder why with all our expertise we have not formed an intervention team. We have talked many times about an independent review/accountability committee. This needs to happen now!!
Tracking the schools that have to many disciplines starting with referrals. I believe we need to start a clean slate program. Demand that referrals and other disciplines be expunged when appropriate. We need to encourage parents to review their children's records just like they do their credit report. Some of these actions will help to detect what could be really going on. This would step up accountability!
I have told stories over the year of families that have been referred to me at the 11th hour. Most times I can give my support, but am helpless when it comes to making it go away. Recently I received a call from a colleague letting me know that another black male is expelled. I mourned the rest of the day. It was like telling me he had been shot. I was able to call the mother and of course she was like "a deer in headlights". what a place to be in "helpless". She did admit some of this he brought on himself but was trying to wrap her head around him not being able to go to school. Trying to figure out next steps. I did not get to go to the hearing with her. I got sick There wasn't anyone else I could call to fill in for me. An intervention team would have been great.