News from the School Reform Initiative – January 25, 2018

Facilitator Retreat – Registration Now Open – Boston Dates Updated

If you are coaching, teaching or facilitating the work of SRI we encourage you to attend one of these professional development offerings. The annual SRI facilitator retreat is an opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the country and regionally to learn together, work closely with SRI staff and board members, and focus on SRI’s mission of educational equity and excellence.

This year, we are hosting four facilitator retreats, spread out throughout the country, so that facilitators can select a location and time that works best for their schedule. Registration is now open and space is limited at each location.

The retreat dates and locations:

February 16 & 17 – San Antonio, TX
March 23 & 24 – Tucson, AZ
April 6 & 7 – Boston, MA – DATE CHANGE
April 27 & 28 – Miami, FL

We know this is not work we can do alone. Please join us for one of these retreats and stay connected to the work of SRI and continue to grow in your fierce commitment to educational equity and excellence.

Click here to learn more about the retreats and to register for the one that fits your schedule! Space is limited at each site, register ASAP to guarantee your attendance.

Trust for Public Lands

SRI board member Niya Randall, and her 2nd grade students from Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, are featured in this article about one of the features within her civil rights curriculum. The Trust for Public Land has helped the National Park Service save and restore the home of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, along with many other homes in the neighborhood. Niya integrates a visit to this neighborhood as part of her curriculum. Click here to read more about this amazing project and think about ways you can incorporate similar opportunities in your own communities. Want to learn more about the work Niya is doing? Reach out to her via email

Save the Date – COSEBOC 12th Annual Gathering of Leaders

The 12th Annual COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders will take place in Boston, MA from May 29-31, 2018. This year’s gathering is co-hosted by the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools and the My Brother’s Keeper Boston Program. The 2018 theme is Boys and Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered and Educated. Mark your calendars to save the date and be on the lookout for a call for proposals, along with the opening of registration. You can learn more at the COSEBOC website.

Fearless Dialogues Event

At the 2017 Fall Meeting in Atlanta, we were fortunate to have Dr. Gregory Ellison from Fearless Dialogues join us for our opening and closing activities. Click here to view the opening and closing videos if you haven’t had a chance to see them!

On February 7, from 6:30-9:00 PM – Dr. Ellison and the Fearless Dialogues team will host a community conversation. Fear+Less Dialogues draws upon years of research, professional experiences, and personal encounters to offer strategies for unlikely partners to engage in hard heartfelt conversations that work toward social change and positive transformations in self and others. If you are in the Atlanta area and are interested in learning more about this event fill out this form and a member of the Fearless Dialogues team will be in touch.

To learn more about Fearless Dialogues, visit their website:


Do you have news to share? Interesting things happening in your area? Please let us know so we can share with our community! Email Chris Jones,

Thank you,
Kari Thierer, Heidi Vosekas, Chris Jones, and Beth I Graham
On behalf of School Reform Initiative

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