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

Scheduling Requests:

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 . 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Opportunities: Instructor Development Training Week - October 14th – 20th. Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Exciting training event coming up!!   

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will host an INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT THEME WEEK, 14 October – 20 October 2018, on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL. CDP training is completely funded for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training.  Select learn more about the Instructor Development Theme Week:

As you may know, the CDP offers Train-the-Trainer courses, which recognizes those who graduate as Indirect Trainers for their home state in accordance with the State/Territory/Tribal Training point of contact directive. The Indirect Training Program (ITP) provides Indirect Trainers with administrative support to deliver the specific course(s) linked to each Train-the-Trainer course. This administrative support is at no cost to trainers nor their organization, and includes student training materials and certificates of completion. Select to learn more about the ITP:

Training provided within states and local jurisdictions by state and local trainers is not only a force multiplier but also a critical component in helping to build a culture of preparedness in communities, as this training is delivered by trainers who work and know their community/organizational needs. 

Instructor Development Training Week - October 14th – 20th.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Calling on the global community. A major march and rally on Saturday, June 30, 2018 beginning at 10 am at the St. Helena Elementary School

Gullah/Geechee Nation posted: "In spite of numerous dialogues with the staff and board of trustees of Penn Center, Inc., a fence is currently being erected at the national landmark historic district which is part of the Reconstruction Era National Monument.  The Gullah/Geechee communit"

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Penn Center Drives a Stake Through the Heart of the Gullah/Geechee Community

In spite of numerous dialogues with the staff and board of trustees of Penn Center, Inc., a fence is currently being erected at the national landmark historic district which is part of the Reconstruction Era National Monument.  The Gullah/Geechee community and residents of St. Helena Island repeatedly stated that they did NOT want Penn Center gated off from the community and wanted it to remain an open and welcoming public historic area.  The board of trustees and staff have made statements in the media about reasoning for a fence which has been accurately refuted by the community, yet Penn Center has begun placing stakes in the ground to erect a fence and gate out the community.
Anyone that has learned the history of the displacement of Gullah/Geechee communities are well aware of the fact that gated areas are the primary mechanism used against the community.  The gates promote exclusion no matter what reasoning may be provided about them.   The native Gullah/Geechee family of St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation has made it clear that fences and gates are in opposition to their culture and their lifestyle.  Yet, an institution that their ancestors built is now becoming a gated area.
In response to the stakes that have been driven through the heart of the community, protesting has begun.
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There will be a major march and rally on Saturday, June 30, 2018 beginning at 10 am at the St. Helena Elementary School.  The St. Helena Island family is calling on the global community to stand with them and refuse to go through the gate.
They are also calling on those that support building community and not fences to sign this petition that the Concerned Citizens of St. Helena Island has launched:

Monday, June 18, 2018

Free and for District of Columbia residents only. June 18, 2018

Is a similar program in your community?

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SPARK Summer Coding Program Starts July 16! Apply Today!

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Connect.DC is launching a SPARK summer coding and entrepreneurship program* for DC students. We hope the program—delivered in partnership with Clearly Innovative—sparks an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) for DC students who have had limited exposure to tech programs or want to learn more about potential tech careers. 
For more information and to apply, please visit
*These programs are free and for District of Columbia residents only.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

FREE.....Course: Culture\Empathy\Cognitive\Outrospection. June 14, 2018

Professional Effectiveness


The Power of Outrospection

When was the last time you walked in someone else’s shoes to understand their beliefs, fears, and experiences? “Outrospection”, also known as cognitive empathy, may be the secret to understanding global challenges and driving social change. This short animation will inspire you to step outside yourself and discover other people’s lives.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Now Seeking New Members. Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities June 2018


Community Advisory Council


We work in partnership with a Community Advisory Council, (CAC) advisers who represent the voice of the disability community, advising and supporting the Center in meeting its responsibilities to the citizens of Maryland in accordance with the DD Act. The Council is led by CAC chair and vice chair:
Elizabeth Benevides
Hussman Foundation

Advisory Council Seeks New Members! 

  • Are you interested in supporting Maryland citizens with developmental disabilities through advocacy and improved services?
  • Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and experiences with the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities to set priorities and assist in its mission?
  • Are you committed to advancing the concerns and needs of people with developmental disabilities?
The Community Advisory Council (CAC) of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is seeking new members.

The CAC brings together people with diverse perspectives, experiences, and knowledge to assist the MCDD in meeting its responsibilities to the citizens of Maryland. View the position description. Positions are currently open for:
  • siblings
  • direct care providers, and
  • provider agency representatives.
You can print the application or complete it online. Click below to find out more information about CAC roles and responsibilities, meeting schedules, and requirements.

Questions? Please contact Tylea Powell at MCDD, 443-923-9594. 


Beth Benevides
Chair, Community Advisory Committee
Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Associate Director
Hussman Foundation
Hussman Institute for Autism

About Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute (MCDD)

The MCDD links the community to vital research and information to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide leadership that advances inclusion for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. The Center is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

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