Dr. Contreras will be honored as the North Carolina PTA Superintendent of the Year, which recognizes superintendents who fulfill the PTA vision to make every child’s potential a reality.
“Dr. Sharon L. Contreras is passionate about providing high-quality education to each child with the goal that every student graduates college- and career-ready,” wrote Shirrell Williams, Guilford County Council of PTAs president. “As Guilford County Council of PTAs President, I enjoy meeting with Dr. Contreras and sharing parents’ concerns, learning how the GCS school district and the PTAs can work together to help make our school district great.”
Among her initiatives, Contreras has developed a partnership with Equal Opportunity Schools to ensure greater minority representation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.
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EOS ensures equitable access for students of color and low-income students into America’s most academically intense high school programs.
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Administrators said they are pursuing several initiatives and programs to not only attract minority candidates to better align staff demographics with those of the students, but also are studying the placement of students of color in honors-level and AP courses.
“A few years ago, our school had gotten into a program, Equal Opportunity Schools, to help us identify what were the equity disparities that we see in those classes and to set a number to achieve parity in those courses,” [Assistant Superintendent Greg] Johnson said. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen increases, not enormous, but steady increases.”
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Dr. Sonya Whitaker is a highly regarded educator whose experience has included serving as Superintendent of Schools in two different school districts. She is the owner of Achieving the Dream, Inc., and hosts a podcast series called: What’s Really Going On – A Spotlight on Solutions for Improving Student Achievement in America’s Schools. For her April 15, 2019 podcast, she interviews EOS’ Dr. Nicholas Wahl, Superintendent-in- Residence.
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School systems have historically discriminated against minorities (students of color and low-income students)…these students generally don’t receive the same opportunities for a higher-level education as White, Asian, and higher-income students, further perpetuating the racism and classism that exists in the school system.
This systematic oppression affects all school systems, and Lincoln is no different. However, an exciting new step is being taken to close the race and class gap here at Lincoln with a new program called [Action For Equity, run by] Equal Opportunity Schools, or EOS. The program is meant to encourage black and brown students to join AP classes and to support their success in these classes.
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