BACSN Forum 2017

Seriously the best most relavant honest thoughtful day I've had in FOREVER. Thank you!The 2017 Bay Area Community Schools Network (BACSN) annual forum was hosted by the Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCi). CSCi would like to thank, the San Francisco Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the East Bay Community Foundation, and Hatchuel Tabernik and Associates for their generous support. The forum was attended by over 100 participants, representing schools, non-profits, and public agencies from the Bay Area and Northern California.

The forum started with a welcome from Sherry Novick, Kaiser Permanente, and Lisa Villarreal, the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority. Ms. Novick and Ms. Villarreal provided powerful examples of equity in action.

Equity at its core is collaborative with the peopleLaShawn Routé Chatmon, the National Equity Project, was the morning keynote. Ms. Chatmon challenged participants to understand that the community schools approach is a vehicle for obtaining equity. However, the true equity strategy is the people who do the work collaboratively to solve problems. Here are the slides from LaShawn’s presentation.

A panel of local experts discussed equity at the system level in the context of community school. The panel included:

[The most useful part of the day was] the statewide perspective and ideas for action from Tony Thurmond.The afternoon keynote address from California State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond gave a brief overview on his commitment to community schools and how participants can engage meaningfully in policy development with a specific focus on upcoming bills that would have funding implications for community schools. Assemblymember Thurmond also spoke about how to advocate with your elected officials and answered questions from the audience.

The day concluded with four breakout sessions on equity in community schools focused on the following topics.

College and Career. Panelists discussed their work with youth and young adults as they prepare them for success in college and in their future careers.

Trauma Informed Practice. Panelists shared how trauma-informed practices are a critical element to support equity in community schools.

Gender. This small group discussion focused on when gender programming is appropriate to support academics and how to balance gender programming with race and ethnicity-specific programming.

Race / Ethnicity. Panelists discussed how to address equity issues with race and ethnicity specific programming within the community school context.