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Engagement. Empowerment. Excellence

Each One; Reach One… our refocused vision for 2020!


We are also celebrating our 15th year of Optimizing Educational Experiences!


Each of us has the opportunity to build stronger connections within our network, with our allies, and beyond; while we focus on being culturally and community responsive to students’ strengths, growth areas, achievement and well-being.  With a focus on equity, engagement, empowerment, and excellence we will continue to tap into the wealth of expertise and diverse experiences that exists among Black Educators and Allies.


We work in partnership with Durham District School Board to expand our capacity as culturally responsive educators, highlighted through our work with Afrocentric Perspectives (Grades K – 8) and Black Student (Grades 9 – 12).  We also continue to expand our work through collaborating with community partners.


Throughout the year we will build on Student Voice through our leadership programming: And Still We Rise – Elementary Edition Leadership Program and Conference (April 18, 2020), And Still We Rise Secondary Student Leadership Program and Conference (April 27, 2020), and recognizing Black excellence through our Activating Student Success Awards (May 7, 2020).  This year, we will gather at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery for the 8th annual Activating Student Success Awards’ Gala.  Please stay tuned for more information and registration updates.


our vision


Each one, Reach one

Enhancing the engagement, empowerment, of our youth, parents, staff, and community members

Supporting our well-being and pursuit of excellence, while interrupting damaging narratives about black youth and black culture



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