School Choice Workshops
Durham Public Schools’ School Choice Workshops will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 6:30–8pm, and Wednesday, January 10, noon–1:30pm, in the Durham County Cooperative Extension building (721 Foster St). Workshops in Spanish will take place at the same location and time as the English ones, and childcare is available for the Tuesday workshops. If you’d like to explore options for elementary, middle, and high school (including magnet and charter schools), you only need to attend one workshop. (By the way, DPS uses a lottery process for admission to magnet schools, and applications need to be submitted from January 8 to January 31.) Click here to register for the workshop you’d like to attend; for more info, contact Donna Rewalt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-560-0538 (for English) or Angelina Schiavone 919-578-2818 (for Spanish).
Class Size Chaos
It’s required for North Carolina schools (by the NC General Assembly) to reduce the number of students in classes from kindergarten to 3rd grade. The problem is, they didn’t provide the funds that are needed to create additional classes to accommodate all of the kids. Now, schools are faced with the possibility of laying off teachers of art, music, PE (gym), STEM, drama, and foreign languages as soon as March or April. The North Carolina Justice Justice Center encourage everyone who can, to write to their State Representatives and Senators to making funding available now, because things can get worse next year. Click here for more info and to get the email addresses for your part in the battle against what’s being called Class Size Chaos.
DPS town hall meetings
Dr Pascal Mubenga, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, will lead a series of public town hall meetings that will explore his vision of academic excellence for all students. You are invited to share your ideas and to take part in devising a strategic plan for helping guide students through school and on to bright futures.
Spanish-English interpreters will be on hand. Call 919-560-2000 or click here for more info.
How are your problem-solving skills? Are you creative and enjoy finding new ways to do things? Learn to put together your problem-solving skills and creativity at the Builders Academy at the Walltown Park Rec Center (1308 W Club Blvd) on Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30pm, from February 7 through March 21. Work with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) concepts and take home your creations. This workshop series is for kids ages 5 to 12, and the cost is $12. Have your folks call 919-560-4355 to sign you up and to get more info.
Free college-level courses
Keep your skills sharp and have fun learning new things over your summer vacation. edX is an online source for finding classes offered by renowned colleges and universities from around the world that you can take for free. Some courses start on specific dates and others are totally self-paced. Most require that you dedicate a few hours per week to the course, and although work is involved, you don’t have to worry about finals and term papers. Here are some upcoming courses; click here to explore the site and look for classes on subjects you’re interested in.
Arabic classes for k–6
Arabic Classes are being offered on Saturdays from 6 to 7:30pm at Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman’s Fayetteville St masjid (3034 Fayetteville St). These classes are for young people from kindergarten through 6th grade. Call 919-394-7336 or write to email@example.com for more info.