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Charleston County School District

SHARED FUTURE PROJECT

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Commentary: Charleston Leaders Addressing District's Divides
Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, October 18, 2018

REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

WHAT IS THE SHARED FUTURE PROJECT

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Discussions about equity and inclusion in Charleston County School District, recently identified in a Clemson University study, are the centerpiece of a collaborative process called Shared Future, which began its work last week with a 27-member team of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

In August, representatives from Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity shared with the Charleston County School Board their findings from their Inclusion and Equity Study over a six-month research process. In addition to their findings, the Clemson team recommended that CCSD continue the work using local stakeholders and an outside facilitator to delve deeper into the concerns raised in their report.

THE WORK 

The work will continue as part of the Shared Future Project, a process designed to integrate and build on results of CCSD initiatives such as the Clemson Study on Inclusion and Equity, the Charleston County School District’s Strategic Plan, and Phase V of the Charleston County School Construction Plan, along with non-traditional approaches to education being discussed in the community, and required employment skills identified by the business community.

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THE TEAM 

A team of 27-30 people, along with staff, convened last week to engage in the first of three, 3-day scenario workshops (Sept., Oct., Nov.)

The team includes those who are insightful, influential, and interested and who have the capacity to make things happen. The team is diverse in that from their different positions and perspectives, they can understand and influence all of Charleston County’s communities and they come from all facets of diversity – age, gender, race, and ethnicity.

PHASES

The Shared Future Process

  • Phase 1: Initiate the project – Deliverable: synthesis of the perspectives, concerns, and questions of leaders from across the system
  • Phase 2: Construct the implementation scenarios – Deliverable: a set of 2-3 useful implementation scenarios/plans
  • Phase 3: Implementing the scenarios/plans Specific strategies for creating educational outcomes that have been considered through the lens of possible futures we may encounter in Charleston County

WHO ARE REOS PARTNERS?

REOSReos Partners has been contracted by Charleston County School District to help facilitate the recommendations made in the Clemson University Inclusion and Diversity Study.

The organization has been designing and facilitating systemic change projects for 20 years and have built up a rigorous set of transformative methods.

Reos Partners has been practicing a rigorous set of methods that help people make progress on complex, stuck challenges. Their approach both opens and creates paths to crucial systemic transformations. The starting point is a diverse coalition that is ready to challenge the status quo, together.

To learn more about Reos Partners visit reospartners.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL:

Don Kennedy, Charleston County School District, donald_kennedy@charleston.k12.sc.us

John Read, Cradle to Career,
johnread@tricountycradletocareer.org

Maurice Washington, CEO Trust Management, LLC.
management@bellsouth.net

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