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Community Schools and A Peace of My MInd – Peace & Justice – Weds. 9am, Dec. 5

Written by on Monday, December 3, 2018

Carol Lerner, the leader of Protect Our Public Schools Manasota (POPS Manasota) will join us again on Wednesday. We’ll talk about their event coming up next Tuesday, December 11 at Fogartyville:

POPS, Manasota, along with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Florida and the Peace Education and Action Center, is sponsoring a forum, ‘Community Partnership School’ Model Transforms Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools, on December 11, 6:30—8:30 pm, at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.  We are hoping that you will help publicize this event and urge your members and supporters to attend.

The creation of Community Partnership Schools is an important way to challenge rampant school privatization that is harming education all over the nation but especially in Florida.  The Community Partnership School model is an evidenced-based approach that is transforming struggling schools into thriving learning hubs.  Community schools invest in children through quality teaching, challenging and engaging curricula, wraparound support services, positive school climate and strong ties to family and community.  Authentic parent, youth and community engagement is at the core of the Community School concept.

For more information, download the report Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools.



The second half of the show will feature John Noltner who’ll help us answer the question “What does peace mean to you?”

From his website apomm.net/about/:


“What does peace mean to you?”


“In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects us.”   – John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind

A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia arts project built around the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” Founded in 2009 by award-winning Minnesota photographer John Noltner, the project began as his effort to rediscover humanity in an increasingly polarized world.

With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that is more just for all.

Holocaust survivors, refugees, artists, former prisoners, teachers, immigrants, veterans, and more share inspiring stories of compassion, forgiveness, and transformation in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

The stories have been shared here at apeaceofmymind.net, in two award-winning books, and in traveling exhibits that are installed across the country.

A Peace of My Mind serves as a powerful catalyst for community conversations about service to others, civic responsibility, and social change. A compelling storyteller, John Noltner draws on his journey of discovery and the stories he has encountered along the way to lead engaging workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations.


Tuesday, Dec 11th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Fogartyville – Community Partnership Schools
Join us for a lively panel presentation and discussion on how Sarasota and Manatee Counties can develop “Community Partnership Schools.”

Learn: What are Community Partnership Schools? How can the Community Partnership School model turn around struggling schools and help close the achievement gap between high performing students and low performing students many of whom come from income-challenged families and/or are English Language Learners? Are Community Partnership Schools a viable alternative to school privatization?

Sponsors: Protect Our Public Schools (POPS), Manasota; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Florida; Peace Education and Action Center

Panelists Include: Amy Ellis, Director, Center for Community Schools, University of Central Florida, Orlando; Kylia Carswell, Mort Elementary School, Community Partnership School Director, Tampa and Shawn Naugle, Regional Executive Director, Children’s Home Society of Florida Moderator: Carol Lerner, POPS, Manasota, Chair, School Social Worker (Ret.)