Superintendent Search Parent Collective Dives Into First Conversation

An engaged group of PTA members, school adopters, and class volunteers gathered Tuesday for the first conversation with the Superintendent Search Parent Collective. The diverse group attended an Info Buffett at the Teaching and Learning Center where district administrators shared a deep dive into Memphis-Shelby County Schools academic program. 

“To be invited into such a space to serve is honorable,” said Brittany Sessoms, the parent representative for district 7. “It is admirable that the conversation was modeled in such a way that both parties can be heard and vocalize their concerns without subjective feelings getting in the way.” 

They discussed proficiency rates, interventions, College, Career, & Technical Education (formerly Vo-Tech), Advanced Academics, and Social-Emotional Supports. Organized by MSCS Department of Communications, the conversation allowed The Collective to become better informed about the unique challenges and opportunities the next MSCS superintendent will face. 

“While they represent various neighborhoods, professions, and backgrounds, the members of The Collective are united in one key way: they all have sons or daughters who attend district schools,” said search Co-Chair Stephanie Love.

Appointed by the School Board, their perspectives as parents give them an up-close look at local schools and a vested interest in the District’s next phase as we work collaboratively to “See the Future” of education in our community.

The Parent Collective peppered the academic team with questions about the District’s Literacy Commitment, state test results, and special education programs and supports available for students. Following the meeting, members of The Collective joined 88.5FM, the Voice of MSCS, for the first of many lively on-air conversations. 

The Collective represents the Board's commitment to ensuring that the voices of informed parents are heard during the search process. A similar info session on MSCS Business Operations will be held later in the year, among other events. Plans are also underway for educator and community events. 

“Look out soon for more details on The Huddle: Tailgate Talks on The Search with Board Members. These pregame chats at football and soccer games will give Board members the chance to provide updates on The Search and gather feedback from families,” said search Co-Chair Joyce Dorse Coleman. “We’re using radio, social media, newsletters, even tailgates to keep our families informed and engaged as we journey through this transformational moment for our District.”

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