LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

LEAP is an independent, all-volunteer, non-partisan parent network promoting interaction between parents, teachers, local leaders & LCPS administration.

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The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents encourages discourse on the articles and other information that it posts on its page. The opinions and comments are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of LEAP or have any association with LEAP.

While we understand that people sometimes have strong opinions and will not always agree on issues, we insist on respectful dialogue. LEAP will delete comments that go way off-topic, are clearly intended to fulfill a personal agenda (business or otherwise), contain profanity or lewd comments/images, are deliberately hurtful or threatening, or are potentially libelous. If it happens repeatedly, the poster will be banned from accessing our page. Please alert us (via private message) to any posts that violate the forum rules so that we can address immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

latimes.com

White progressive parents and the conundrum of privilege

Do parents live by the values they advocate?

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hagerman-white-parents-20180930-story.html

latimes.com Is a progressive parent's primary responsibility to advance the values ­of fairness, equal opportunity and social justice? Or to help their own kids get ahead?

loudountimes.com

Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Oct 4) beginning at 9:30am at the LCPS admin building (21000 Education Ct in Ashburn)

All members of the public are welcome and especially if you have a special needs student or are concerned about the education of all Loudoun students. The next meeting is scheduled on Oct 18 at 3:30pm.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.

loudounleap.wikidot.com

Welcome to LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP)

LEAP Delegate Registration Form
2018-2019 School Year

The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (known as the Alliance or LEAP) began in 1989 to provide an active forum for local parent groups, students, teachers, administrators, and the school board to discuss and share important educational ideas and issues.

We meet the second Wednesday of each month to explore innovative topics related to education. Our meetings are open to the public, including members of the Loudoun County School Board, the Board of Supervisors, and LCPS administrators. We all share an interest in providing the highest advantages of education to our students.

We actively identify the topics of most importance to our school district from the perspective of school delegates. Each school parent organization can have two delegates who will work to identify ideas and issues to collaborate on via the Alliance. School parent groups can also have alternate delegates in case identified delegates are not available to attend a meeting.

School parent group delegates can identify topics for meetings, form committees, introduce recommendations for improvements, obtain the latest information on a range of issues, execute projects and programs, and introduce and vote on Alliance motions. Please see the attached list of delegate roles and responsibilities.

LEAP’s expenses are funded by annual dues paid by each school parent group(s). Dues are $20 per school parent group. The deadline for dues is October 30.

We believe that our alliance can exceed what any of us can accomplish on our own. We look forward to working together this year!

Find this Delegate Registration form, information about the Alliance, and more on http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/

loudounleap.wikidot.com Please see our LEAP Delegates page to learn how to register as your parent group's delegates or to see a list of current delegates.

loudounleap.wikidot.com

Welcome to LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP)

Still a few days to send in your form for a chance to win tickets to the big event. Sign up at http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/ @LEAPLoudoun

loudounleap.wikidot.com Please see our LEAP Delegates page to learn how to register as your parent group's delegates or to see a list of current delegates.

Love wildlife? Love the zoo? Win tickets to the best Smithsonian special event of the year - in Front Royal on October 6! It’s the one day of the year this facility is open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to be there!

Since 1989, LEAP has been a forum of parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members and county supervisors dedicated to excellence in education. LEAP is comprised of delegates from each school in LoCo and is accepting delegates now for the 2018-19 school year. Even students can become a delegate and represent a school. Learn more about becoming a delegate here: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:delegates

Send in your school's delegate registration form by September 28 to be entered in the drawing for this event - one lucky school will win. The pass is good for the entire event and all activities for one car of people. The winner will be chosen at random on September 28 and will receive the event details for signing up for activities, getting there, parking, food, and more!

More info: Once a year the SCBI Front Royal location, home to breeding programs for over 20 species, among other things, opens for a very special event, and you can win a pass to join the world's leading scientists for an all day event on October 6 in Front Royal - where you and your friends can participate in hands-on experiments, chat with the world's leading scientists on hot topics, and get behind the scene tours!

drive.google.com

Reimagining ppt version 3.pptm

Thank you to all who came out or joined us online on Wednesday, Sep 12 for Kimberly Quick's presentation on educational integration across SES, racial and ethnic lines. We have uploaded the materials for anyone who wasn't able to join us or wishes to reference it in the future. My key takeaway from the night: research showed that when disadvantaged kids were integrated into schools with more affluent peers, their performance rose by 30% while the affluent students showed no decrease. A win-win for everyone.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cg1GldjDzVGS6QFxWZbgTI_yTCjalxpl/view?usp=sharing

Meeting Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NGNlPN_9pHi4PKqJ4BGYrzp33ENjyHR2/view?usp=sharing

Also, we will be uploading additional reference materials related to this meeting provided by Ms. Quick as well. Look for these on the LEAP website under the Sep 2018 meeting materials (link below)

Sep 2018 Meeting Materials: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:meetings-2018#toc2

Community Advocates for Education

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loudountimes.com

Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Sep 20) beginning at 3:30pm at the LCPS admin building (21000 Education Ct in Ashburn)

All members of the public are welcome and especially if you have a special needs student or are concerned about the education of all Loudoun students. The next meeting is scheduled on Oct 4 at 9:30am.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.

washingtonpost.com

Perspective | When applying to college, this character trait may mean more than grades

washingtonpost.com Students who talk about moments of genuine kindness in their application essays reveal more authenticity than those who focus on other subjects.

nytimes.com

Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/upshot/teacher-diversity-effect-students-learning.html

"Then, girls do better with a female teacher and boys with a male one"

"When eighth graders had a female teacher instead of a male one, boys fell behind girls by the equivalent of three and a half months of learning"

"One study found that merely informing teachers about their stereotypes closed gaps in grading. An hourlong online tutorial for teachers has halved suspension rates for black students"

nytimes.com Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers are white women.

zoom.us

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

LEAP welcomes all interested parties (delegates, parents, educators, citizens) to join us online for tonight's meeting on Integration within the educational system and Title 1 funding using Zoom web conferencing.

The invitation URL is listed below. Please join us a few minutes early if you have not used Zoom before as it will require you to download a plugin for your browser.

Topic: LEAP Sep 2018 Meeting: Integration & Title 1
Time: Sep 12, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/5339975120

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: (646) 558-8665,,5339975120# or
(669) 90-06833,,5339975120#
US Call-in: (646) 558-8665 or (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 533-997-5120

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loudountimes.com

Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Sep 13) beginning at 9:30am at the LCPS admin building (21000 Education Ct in Ashburn)

All members of the public are welcome and especially if you have a special needs student or are concerned about the education of all Loudoun students. The next meeting will be held on Sep 20 at 3:30pm.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.

Win tickets to the best Smithsonian special event of the year - in Front Royal on October 6!

Since 1989, LEAP has been a forum of parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members and county supervisors dedicated to excellence in education. LEAP is comprised of delegates from each school in LoCo and is accepting delegates now for the 2018-19 school year. Learn more about becoming a delegate here: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:delegates

All delegates who attend the September meeting will be entered in the drawing for this event - one lucky school at the meeting will win. It’s the one day of the year this facility is open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to be there!

Once a year the SCBI Front Royal location, home to breeding programs for over 20 species, among other things, opens for a very special event, and you can win a pass to join the world's leading scientists for an all day event on October 6 in Front Royal - where you and your friends can participate in hands-on experiments, chat with the world's leading scientists on hot topics, and get behind the scene tours!

The pass is good for the entire event and all activities for one car. The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday and will receive the event details for signing up for activities, getting there, parking, food, and more!

loudountimes.com

Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Aug 30) beginning at 9:30am at the LCPS admin building (21000 Education Ct in Ashburn).

All members of the public are welcome and especially if you have a special needs student or are concerned about the education of all Loudoun students. The next meeting will be held on Sep 13.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.

loudountimes.com

Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee of LCPS is this afternoon beginning at 3:30pm. Please consider attending if you have a special needs student or if you are concerned about the education of all our Loudoun students in general.

All meetings are held at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn (near Corner of Claiborne Pkwy and Broadlands Blvd). The next meeting will be on Aug 30 (2 weeks) at 9:30am.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.

wtop.com

Loudoun Co. Public Schools facing 14 discrimination cases since 2015 | WTOP

Join us at our November meeting to discuss student and parent rights (FOIA, FERPA, IDEA and others). Here's another story by WTOP News about The Official Loudoun County Public Schools and complaints by parents to the US Office of Civil Rights.

https://wtop.com/loudoun-county/2018/08/loudoun-co-public-schools-facing-14-discrimination-cases-since-2015/

wtop.com Since the 2015-2016 school year, 30 federal civil rights investigations have been opened against the Loudoun County Public Schools, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reports.

loudountimes.com

Discrimination and retaliation: Loudoun County Public Schools the target of 14 active civil rights complaints

LEAP will be discussing student and parent rights in its November meeting. Here is a story from the Loudoun Times-Mirror on retaliation and investigations by the US Office of Civil Rights:

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/discrimination-and-retaliation-loudoun-county-public-schools-the-target-of/article_3453efc8-95ae-11e8-bf59-f72701067b45.html

loudountimes.com The federal government has opened 30 civil rights investigations into Loudoun County Public Schools since the 2015-2016 school year, with 14 still active, according to LCPS data.

kennedy-center.org

Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Register 2018-2019 LEAP Delegates for a chance at 2 tickets to the Kennedy Center's Life and Times of the Temptations for Sun, July 22 at 2pm!

We hope everyone is having a great summer.

LEAP is getting ready to kick off the new school year and is accepting school delegates for the 2018-2019 school year. Remember that every LoCo school can have two voting delegates and as many alternates as they would like. To register, send in the linked form below to [email protected] and include "Delegate" in the subject line. It's easy to participate. (Note: LEAP' is just looking to get the names of your delegates at this time since dues aren't due till October 30, 2018).

- Delegate registration: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2xr3232h8olnkn7/LEAP%20Delegate%20Registration%20Form%202018-ver20180612.docx?dl=0

In appreciation, 2017-2018 LEAP President Stephanie Eskins-Gleason has graciously donated 2 tickets to the Kennedy Center's highly acclaimed "Ain't Too Proud to Beg: the Life and Times of the Temptations". The tickets are for the July 22, 2pm matinee at the Kennedy Center in 4th row Orchestra seats! To enter the raffle, send in your registration form to [email protected] by midnight, Wednesday, July 18. One lucky winner will be picked at random and tickets will be delivered electronically.

- http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/TSTSO

LEAP is an important part of the community. In addition to facilitating open discussions of the most relevant educational issues, LEAP donates vital private resources to advance education in Loudoun. We look forward to a great year!

P.S. If you are unable to attend/use the tickets but still would like to register as a LEAP delegate now, please let us know in your email. Thank you.

kennedy-center.org Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagi...

[06/25/18]   Are you OK with LCPS' recent treatment of LEAP, LoCo?

LEAP has provided a collaborative forum for discussing educational issues for nearly 3 decades. LEAP meetings are open to all members of the Loudoun community and delegates (school representatives from parent groups). Founded in 1989 by the Honorable Judge Thomas D. Horne, LEAP has a long history of being the county's alliance between parents, teachers, administrators, and the school board. (Some of our most popular elected officials were LEAP delegates or officers at one time.) For example, during the 2017-18 school year, parent input spurred the 2017-18 LEAP Executive Committee to make a set of recommendations to the superintendent and the school board to support students returning to school after mental health or trauma, and spurred a Return to Learn resolution that passed UNANIMOUSLY at the Virginia PTA Congress in January 2018 and has been hailed state-wide as a practical approach to a serious problem.

For nearly three decades, the LEAP alliance has been an integral part of the education landscape in LoCo, with support and participation from all superintendents and school boards. Equally important, the LEAP alliance has been a vital force in bringing in nationally known experts to present on topics relevant to educational excellence, and has found businesses willing to donate resources that contribute to bringing innovation to education. In recent years, citizens complained that LEAP had partnered too much with LCPS and questioned LEAP's independence, so this year, LEAP will ensure that program topics WILL be selected by delegates, speakers will be experts in their fields selected by LEAP, and every effort will be made to reserve meeting spaces where parents feel comfortable openly discussing relevant educational opportunities and challenges. LCPS and school board members will still be encouraged to participate and present during programs when relevant and can still benefit from the experts and private resources that LEAP contributes to the county. Sounds like a win/win, right?

Wrong, according to LCPS!

1. LCPS has indicated it will no longer assign a LCPS parent liason, as it used to do for LEAP and still does for MSAAC and SEAC.

2. LCPS won't offer free meeting space anymore, or use of services at the admin building such as the copier, mail room (to forward info to principals and parent groups in the annual back to school packets.

3. LCPS won't send electronic messages to parent groups to ensure every school has the opportunity to sign up delegates.

4. LCPS won't encourage principals, administrators, and teachers to be involved with LEAP.

5. LCPS has taken down years worth of educational presentations and meeting minutes that LEAP contributed to the county, which used to be available on the LCPS LEAP web site.

Why is LCPS working against our educational alliance after all these years? Is it because they don't approve of the new LEAP President or because they know knowledge and intellence are not the same thing? LoCo citizens are intelligent, but they need LEAP so they can stay knowledgeable about what's happening in the school division and provide input as to how their tax dollars are spent. Ending support of LEAP makes it harder for school parent groups to share information, learn what other counties are doing successfully, and support each other in getting the educational results our county needs to thrive. Who benefits from this?

Write to your representatives (at [email protected] and [email protected]) and ask them if they support LCPS' actions.

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