Social Justice Initiative
Teaching begins with respect for children, their natural curiosity and their capacity to navigate in the world from which they learn. Social justice is defined as "... promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity." It exists when "all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.
Broward County Public Schools has worked to provide a structured forum for our students' young voices. We want to enable our students to use this voice to understand, to listen, and to promote positive change in our communities.
Policing & Disciplining Equity
The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) is a national research and action think tank, housed at the University of California Los Angeles, whose primary goal is to promote equity and fairness between public institutions and the communities they serve. To date, the CPE has been successful in promoting this goal within the context of policing by building coalitions between communities, law enforcement and leading social scientist to advance racial equity.
The partnership between Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale Police Department & Center for Policing Equity seeks to enhance the county’s commitment to equitable education and juvenile justice outcomes through innovative social science methods assessing racial disparities, policy analysis, and practical policy recommendations.
Conversation with Law Enforcement & Town Hall Series
Broward County Public Schools worked to provide a structured forum for our students' to have their voices heard. Over the summer, we saw citizens and police officers killed, peaceful protests and violence led to police involved shootings and violence and deep loss in our communities. Many of our youth returned to school without having addressed or articulated their feelings or thoughts. Fear and confusion are present for many youth and communities. That’s why we have implemented our social justice initiatives such as Debate, Town Hall forums, such as this, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Courageous Conversations about Race and Policing & Disciplining Equity are support for work around equity.
The issues of authority, race and identity are at the forefront in our national news and community dialogue. We want to enable our students to use this voice to understand, to listen, and to promote positive change in our communities. The people who can assist in this change are always present at these events. We have Law Enforcement, Local Government officials, School personnel and community stakeholders.
We want to establish trust, continue to improve relationships with Law Enforcement and with the community. We want to create safe spaces for students to engage in this type of dialogue. We have begun the dialogue through our Town hall series.
If your school is interested in hosting a Town Hall, please contact 754-321-1600.