Equity, particularly racial equity, has been a topic of great value and importance for Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County since the beginning of our chapter in 2013. It is imperative that as we share parent voices with key decision makers in our community, we reflect the voices of all parents and community members in Pitt County.

On Saturday, October 26, the Executive Director and three board members from PPS-PC joined nine staff members from Pitt County Schools in Raleigh at the Color of Education Conference. We attended workshops that highlighted various topics including racial equity in early childhood education, parent advocacy for racial equity in schools, students teaching teachers culturally proficient classroom practices, and supporting immigrant families in schools.

A highlight of the day included two inspiring key note speakers: Ali Michael, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, who encouraged us to look within ourselves and discover how we might work together to contribute to equity in the world of education. Conference attendees have plans to meet in the coming weeks to discuss possible strategies we could use to create an even stronger culture of equity right here in Pitt County.