January 18, 2021
Secure the Chalk: Educator Forum Focuses on Cultivating Black Male Educators
The SCS Equity Office held its latest Educator Forum on January 21, titled "Mending the Broken Pipeline: Investing Time, Energy & Cultivating Black Male Educators." The conversation included TN EDUCATORS OF COLOR ALLIANCE founder Dr. Diarese George and Man-Up founder Patrick Washington, along with SCS Director of Student Support Dr. Roderick Richmond.
January 18, 2021
SCS Equity Office Offers Perspective on Race in Sports & Education during Grizzlies MLK Day Discussion
The SCS Office of Equity had the unique opportunity to join the Memphis Grizzlies for its annual MLK Day forum. Equity Officer Dr. Michael Lowe joined the discussion, titled "Intersection of Race & Sports: Inequities in Education." He shared important perspective on how SCS is addressing inequities in education, from supporting efforts to ensure home care to providing reliable WiFi and digital devices to support virtual learning.
September 8, 2020
Secure the Chalk: SCS Educators Learn to Create "Healing Spaces"
SCS is committed to unity, inclusion and revamping educational and mentoring opportunities for male students of color. In preparation for the new school year, the District's "Secure the Chalk" forum this summer focused on equipping SCS educators to create academic and social "healing spaces."
March 2, 2020
African American Male Empowerment Progress Update
Last summer, Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray, along with our School Board, launched the African-American Male Empowerment Initiative. This effort will strategically propel our African-American boys to become our next generation of scholars and leaders through EQUITY, EDUCATION, and EMPOWERMENT. This video highlights the progress made and how we are aiming to change the odds for students in need.
February 28, 2020
Lift Every Voice and Listen Event
Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray, along with our School Board, hosted a community event to celebrate Black History Month and to share the progress of our African American Male Empowerment efforts. This video summarizes this fantastic event while highlighting our students, schools, and teachers..
February 13, 2020
National Spotlight: USA Today Highlights SCS Efforts to Increase Male Teachers of Color
USA Today recently published an article, titled "‘Not happenstance’: Male teachers of color make a difference at Memphis schools." The article focuses on how Shelby County Schools is making it a priority to recruit, retain and support male teachers of color
February 6, 2020SCS partners with U of M to launch the African American Male Academy
Thursday, February 5, 2020
SCS Hosts Third Secure the Chalk Session
December 17, 2019
MIFA Community Service Project
Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray, along with our School Board, teamed with African-American male students and MIFA to deliver meals to those in need around our community.
Monday, December 9, 2019
SCS Secure The Chalk Educator Fellowship Aims To Diversify And Support Teaching Force
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Superintendent Ray delegates "Equity Champions" Across the District
Monday, July 22, 2019
Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray Launches Groundbreaking African-American Male Initiative
Shelby County Schools launched the Office of Equity & Access in 2019 with a mission of improving systemic culture, conditions and competencies across the District to better serve children and families situated furthest from opportunity.
We aim to remove the predictability of success or failure based on race. We will contribute to a collective understanding about race and gender and how our policies and procedures emphasize legitimate issues related to discipline disparities and access/accelerated exposure to effective instruction and higher achievement in Math and English/Language Arts (ELA). Our reporting will seek to be more than stunts designed to create sound bites for culture critics, caricatures of young Black boys and fodder for popular discourse or righteous indignation. We acknowledge that thousands of marginalized and minoritized scholars suffer the consequences of the negative perceptions and stereotype threats associated with grim statistics. Collectively, our earnest work is never to cast a spotlight on the problems of our students of color without highlighting the important work germinating from within SCS to disrupt inequity and better serve children and families situated furthest from opportunity.