April 30, 2017 letter to Mister Phillips, WCCUSD Trustee from President of the BlackBoard of WCC regarding not supporting his Ban, instead to have comprehensive policies that include interventions: PDF
March 29, 2017 Letter from RYSE, Public Counsel and the BlackBoard of WCC to Superintendent Duffy regarding School Climate in LCAP: PDF
The BlackBoard is an organization of parents, students, and community members who advocate for equity in educational funding, programs and highly qualified teachers. We believe it is important for all students, particularly African American students, to have a quality education that is based on their needs, not on their social economic status. The BlackBoard believes community advocacy and support programs are vital in securing an appropriate education for African American students in the public schools. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life in our community and the larger society by producing well-rounded and educated students, by forming partnerships with local schools, business and community organizations.
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this report is to summarize the work of the Blackboard in our advocacy for African American student achievement. The BlackBoard began its quest to understand the achievement gap of Black students in 2013 and convened its initial public forum in March 2014. The purpose of the public forum was to gather and discuss academic data and to seek improvements in academic programs and services for all students, in particular, African American students. We were also seeking assurance that the improved academic programs and services would be based on the students’ needs, not on their race or socio-economic status. The Forum was well attended by parents, students, and other community stakeholders, with presentations by many West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) staff persons, Educational Trust-West, UCSF and SFSU professors. There were many questions from the audience, as well as follow-up questions from the BlackBoard, given to the District for written responses (see Appendix E). ...
The BLACKBOARD's Quest for a Better Narrative 2017 Report
The BLACKBOARD of West Contra Costa's Quest for a Better Narrative For the Education of African American Students in The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD)
May 3, 2017 • DeJean Middle School • 6–8:00 pm. WCCUSD School Board Session Gathering: Improving Outcomes for African American StudentsPDF