Learn how to navigate the public school system
The NC Cooperative Extension’s Durham County Center will offer an 8-week online course, Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training, to help parents/grands/guardians navigate the public school system. You can choose to attend classes will be held on Tuesdays, 5:30–6:45pm from September 21 to November 9 or Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:15pm from September 22 to November 10. Contact Christa Gibson at 919-560-0538 or email@example.com for more info or if you have any questions. Click here to register for this free course.
Free STEM camp
The folks from North Carolina Central University’s Fab Lab will be running their Autumn STEM Camp at the Bragtown Family Literacy Center (3200 Dearborn Dr). Teens and preteens who are interested in participating in this STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) camp, where they’ll be learning about tinkering and coding, can sign up through the Durham County Library for this fun, free series of workshops. Here’s the schedule:
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources’ BugFest: Plan Bee will be held Monday, September 13 through Saturday, September 18. The pandemic has not stopped BugFest—this year, it has simply moved online. Here’s the schedule (all of the events are online and free to attend); click here for more info:
Welcome new teachers
The DPS Foundation, Durham Public Schools, and Crayons2Calculators will cohost the Durham Public Schools Beginning Teacher Back-to-School Bash on Friday, September 10, 3–5pm, at the DPS Staff Development Center (2107 Hillandale Rd). First- and second-year beginning teachers are invited to enjoy food, music, fun, and prizes (raffles every 30 minutes). Don’t forget your mask; click here to reserve your spot.
Webinar on IEPs
ECAC*–North Carolina’s Parent Center will host an online seminar, Parents Role in Special Education, on Thursday, September 9, noon–1:30pm. Parents of students with disabilities are invited to learn how to work with school staff to put together a good IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for their children. Get tips on how to better participate, be an advocate for your child, locate resources, and pinpoint the schools’ responsibility and obligation to work with the parents and provide the best education possible for all students. Visit the Facebook event page for more info. (Even though this meeting is set up for parents in Cabarrus, Gaston, Rowan, and Union counties, you can still attend if you’re interested in learning more about IEPs.)
* ECAC = Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
Young Men of Excellence Program
DeWarren Langley, executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation’s Young Men of Excellence Program, announces that they’re recruiting young men of color from grades 6 to 12 who want to find out what their gifts and passions are, and who want to go to college and attain academic success. Participants in this free College and Career Academy will get mentorship and guidance toward skill-building opportunities (including job-shadowing, community-service projects, and internships) as they prepare themselves for the careers of their choice.
The program will offer Career Competency Workshops on the first and third Saturdays from 10 to noon, Academic Tutorial Sessions on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10am to noon, and Career Conversations on the second and fourth Thursdays from 6 to 7pm. All sessions will be held on Zoom for now, due to COVID-19. Click here for more info and to attend the kickoff event and information session on Saturday, August 21, 10–11:30am, on Zoom. Young men who would like to join this group are invited to attend these meetings.
DPS needs bus drivers
Durham Public Schools is looking to hire bus drivers. They offer paid training, benefits, and a competitive salary. You must be at least age 18, and it would be great if you already have a CDL (Commercial Drivers License). If you don’t, you’ll be provided with training so you can obtain one. Call 919-560-2877 or click here for more info.
DPS Job Fair
Durham Public Schools will hold a Job Fair at NC Works (1105 S Briggs Ave) on Thursday, September 2, 10am–noon. Some of the jobs looking to be filled will include:
Click here to register and to upload your resumé, if you have one. If you can’t attend, contact Risa Foster at 919-560-6880 or Risa.L.Foster@nccommerce.com for more info.
Writer and writing coach Beverly Mahone invites middle- and high school students who want help with building their vocabularies by joining her Word Up program on her Communicate with Beverly Facebook page.