Here is your monthly friendly reminder to join us for our virtual joint Momentum Memphis Education Task-Force meeting on Monday, October 4, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.  Hear task-force leaders give updates on our advocacy campaigns, meet our community change partners, and learn how you can get involved in our efforts to make education equity a reality for all students in Memphis and Shelby County. Please use this link to RSVP.

You’re also invited to hear Memphis Director Cardell Orrin speak at the Hooks Institute Prohibited Concepts in Instruction in Public Schools Created by Tennessee Law on Tuesday, October 5, at 6:00 pmIf you didn’t know, Gov. Bill Lee passed a law banning 14 concepts in instruction that appear to significantly limit how educators can teach students accurate, fact-based, American History in the classroom. Memphis Director Cardell Orrin and other panelists will be discussing these changes and more via the Hook’s Institute Facebook page. Please use this link to RSVP.

Here is your friendly reminder to join us for our virtual joint Momentum Memphis Education Task-Force meeting on Monday, August 2nd, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Hear task-force leaders give updates on our advocacy campaigns, meet our community change partners, and learn how you can get involved in our efforts to make education equity a reality for all students in Memphis and Shelby County. Please use this link to RSVP.

Did you miss our virtual Reimagining Student Safety webinar we hosted this Wednesday? No worries, we’ve got you covered! You can watch this and our other on-demand broadcasts by visiting our Stand For Children Facebook page.

Momentum Memphis Task Force launched a survey to the community at the end of 2020 as the decision to reopen schools in Shelby County was being considered by officials for the Spring of 2021.

Parents were given the option to either return to school buildings or remain virtual. Our goal was to highlight the experiences and concerns of SCS families moving forward in the event of extended virtual or hybrid learning into the spring, the rest of the 2020-2021 school year, and beyond, as well as to communicate the shifting need to examine the more nuanced barriers in a potential long-term hybrid models with an increased amount of families opting to keep their kids at home.

The areas of these concerns include:

• Supervision and support from a family member or qualified adult

• Reliable internet access

• Mental health and behavioral issues associated with virtual learning

• Academic and instructional support

• Consistent, dedicated, and quiet space for schoolwork

Upon examining survey results, here are the most pressing concerns from parents and families in Shelby County as it relates to childcare and student support. If you have any questions or comments about our Parent Perspective Survey, feel free to email us at [email protected].

Momentum Memphis YES Fund Task Force Leaders Meili Powell & Haley Mathews both have published op-eds in The Commercial Appeal and The Daily Memphian!

Check out their pieces on the Youth Education Success (YES) Fund and why it’s important to invest in the future of our student’s education so that they can have equitable opportunities for success.

YES Fund Task Force Leader Meili Powell’s Op-Ed: https://www.commercialappeal.com/…/disinves…/7698480002/

YES Fund Task Force Leader Haley Mathews Op-Ed: https://dailymemphian.com/…/opinion-when-teachers-get…

Want to learn more about the YES Fund and how you join us in our efforts to being education equity to Shelby County Schools? Click here to visit our website.