The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network held its annual spring convening last week at UNC Asheville. The group, many of whom had just returned from presenting at the 2018 Community Schools National Forum in Baltimore, gathers twice a year to develop action plans, share best practices, celebrate collaborative accomplishments and continue to strengthen bonds and develop relationships. This year's theme was 'Stronger and Better Together.'
Guest speakers included Dr. Darin Waters of UNC Asheville, Kim Robinson and Jeanne McGowan of Asheville City Schools, Chris Thompson, Principal of Erwin Middle School and Rasheeda McDaniels from the Buncombe County Engagement Team. Discussions focused on key takeaways from the Community Schools National Forum and local use of restorative practices. Work sessions centered on ways in which our schools and community partners can work 'Stronger and Better Together.'
TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT WORK
- The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network is a collective impact initiative of over 40 school and community partner organizations working to ensure that:
- All schools and partner programs are safe, welcoming and compassionate
- All families and neighbors have the support and tools for healthy and successful lives
- All students graduate high school — ready for college, career and community
For more information on the Middle Grades Network, contact email@example.com.
- Resource Teams from the Asheville, Enka, Erwin and Owen School Districts will be meeting this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Resource Teams are volunteers from local businesses, faith groups, neighborhood leaders and parents who meet monthly with school staff and key community partners to help ensure all of our students and families are supported on their way to high school graduation and beyond. To visit or join a Resource Team or to find our more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.