Thursday, June 28, 2018

Change the Paradigm. June 28, 2018. Search for the next permanent Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS).

The leader for change in any system MAY NOT be within the system. 

Someone outside of the system that sees it from a different 21st Century solution perspective.

Ever notice that the same issues and problems arise from those within the system that goes from city to city, jurisdiction to jurisdiction?   A system can become so complex (complex-complex system) that it becomes unmanageable at some point.

CHANGE THE PARADIGM.  Think of a leader outside of the system.  A simple-simple or simple-complex system may be needed.  Just a thought.

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio
City Administrator:
Rashad Young
Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Ronald R. Ross
Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones

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June 28, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 26

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,
Our public schools have come a long way in preparing DC’s next generation for college and career readiness. This past school year, we faced our challenges head-on, and for the first time in reform history, took on the task of reevaluating our graduation standards. Because of all we learned this school year, we are better positioned than ever to take on long-standing challenges in our schools. 
Today, to help us build on our progress, we kicked off the search for the next permanent chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS). As we go through this process, the community's thoughts, ideas, and concerns will be essential in helping us make the right choice for our students, our families, and DCPS. 
In the weeks to come, we will host community forums, but we also ask that you submit feedback at
Together, we will continue to put students first, focus on equity and excellence, and have the courage to improve. 
Muriel Bowser

Free. July 24, 2018. Planning with no exercises is a recipe for a cascade failure.

Join us Tues. July 24th, at 2:00 pm for this webinar on emergency drills.

Your business’ first line of defense in an emergency like an active shooter situation, building fire, or bomb threat, is often your employees…

But are they trained on what to do should one of these incidents occur?

Join Kathy Scourby, Senior Consultant for Preparis, and Grace Mendzef, Marketing Coordinator for Preparis, for this webinar where you’ll learn what exercises, drills, and training are important to conduct to ensure everyone remains safe in the face of a threat and the key steps to keeping your people and your sensitive data secure.

Key topics include:
  • The importance of protecting both people and sensitive client data
  • The importance of buy-in from top levels of your firm
  • Types of drills, exercises, and training to ensure safety and security
  • Q&A session with Kathy
You won’t to miss this interactive and educational webinar. Reserve your spot now!

Also, please feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues or coworkers who may be interested in this important topic.

We look forward to you joining us!


Date: Tues. July 24th

Time: 2 - 3:00 p.m. EST 

Cost:  FREE

Kathy Scourby
Senior Consultant

Kathy Scourby works with professional service firms to achieve their goals in the areas of  business continuity, disaster preparedness, risk management and compliance. Kathy trains management professionals and all levels of staff at private service firms and facilitates table-top exercises in these focus areas. Kathy retired in 2017 after thirty three years with international law firm Hunton & Williams and has more than thirty-seven years of experience in the legal industry.  

Youth Opportunities: 18-24 yrs old. FEMA CORPS.

FEMA Corps accepting application for 2019.  Age requirement 18-24 years

Member Duties : A member of FEMA Corps will be trained in and perform general and specialized tasks in the field of emergency management and disaster recovery. Members will be dedicated to FEMA deployments in areas of logistics, community relations, individual and public assistance, planning, preparedness, and recovery activities. FEMA Corps is a 12 month commitment and members are required to participate fully. Members must be able to serve effectively with a team of individuals from, and in, communities of diverse cultural, ethnic, economic, geographic, and educational backgrounds. Members must be able to communicate, read, and write effectively in the English language with peers, supervisors, staff and others, perform in stressful environments and adverse weather conditions, serve long hours beyond an eight hour workday, live in a communal setting, be flexible to sudden, frequent changes, be drug free and maintain a drug-free environment, and participate in activities that improve personal skills.

Program Benefits : Stipend ,  Training ,  Housing ,  Health Coverage ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 

Terms :
Uniforms provided and required ,  Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time . 

Service Areas :
Disaster Relief . 

Skills :
Communications ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Disaster Services ,  General Skills . 

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

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