The more of us there are, the more we can do!Read More
We believe the survey is ill conceived and deeply flawed. It lists life-saving programs alongside programs that have far less impact and thereby puts at risk the most vulnerable citizens in our community.Read More
JEH has been failing to adequately educate Black children for decades, a failure that should be an embarrassment to every resident of Evanston.Read More
At the Policy Committee meeting on April 30, we invite you to share your thoughts about suspension, discipline reports, and magnet school enrollment.Read More
The Board of Directors of the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL) strongly supports the groundbreaking work that Nichols Middle School Principal Adrian Harries is doing to increase racial equity in his school community.Read More
OPAL encourages parents and community members to voice their support for racial equity at meetings of the District 65 School Board.Read More
"If our institution is not prepared to let Black teachers bring their whole selves ... they won't stay."Read More
While OPAL is not opposed to TWI, we have several concerns regarding this proposed expansion and the District's slow progress on the achievement of Black students.Read More
A lot has happened since our press conference and rally last month in October!Read More
The OPAL Board of Directors made an announcement in response to Evanston District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren’s September 5, 2017 letter.Read More
We have learned very much over the last three years and are encouraged by the continued support from the community. Though we remain focused on correcting the racial inequities in District 65 schools, we realize that there are many other needs and areas of concern - we support them all. In an effort to support people and issues we have produced these resources that you may find helpful including information on other local efforts.
On August 21, OPAL (along with NorthShore Chapter of NAACP & Bethel Baptist Church) presented a letter of concern to the District 65 School Board. As done in previous years, OPAL has identified four areas of concern that are contributing to racial disparities in Evanston;
- JEH Early Learning Center (the District 65 preschool);
- Hiring & Retention of African American Teaching Staff;
- The (newly implemented) K-3 Literacy Framework; and
- The African Centered Curriculum (ACC) Program at Oakton Elementary (this is a recent addition to our agenda, and was not included in the August letter)
The entire letter can be read here.
We are asking that community members sign-on as supporters if this agenda to show the district that we are ALL concerned with the racial inequities in our schools.
Click here to show your support.
On September 5th, OPAL received a response letter Dr. Goren, read that letter here.
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As promised, below are the links to the materials provided at the "What Can I Do" session.
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Thank you for your input on our Voter Engagement survey. We have attached the written responses to the question, "If OPAL could change two things in Evanston, what would they be?". We appreciate the honest responses and while all the suggestions are not within our reach, we are hopeful that with your help, we can make Evanston an Equitable City.
We are still looking for help accomplishing our goal of connecting 1000 people in Evanston!
Click Here for a script to guide your conversation, a voter registration card in English (Click here for Spanish. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to pick up any completed cards
Need OPAL Flyers, Postcards, or have questions? email us
On Tuesday, April 18th, OPAL proposed that the District 65 School Board adopt a Racial Equity Policy statement. In addition to an Equity Statement we proposed revising the goals of the strategic plan to ensure that race and equity are key in the implementation of the plan over the next 5 years.
The Daily Northwestern covered the meeting, you can read the story here
OPAL's Racial Equity Policy can be read here
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