• D7 Principals Participate in "Culturally Relevant Teaching Training" with USC Professors Drs. Gloria Boutte, Susi Long, Eliza Brayden, and Kamaniah Wynter-Hoyte

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Photo Gallery

  •  McCracken Middle School Team Wins Black History Bowl

    McCracken Middle School Team Wins Black History Bowl

    Congratulations to students from McCracken Middle School who won the Black History Bowl sponsored by the Spartanburg Branch NAACP on the campus of USC Upstate on February 22, 2020. #Go Eagles

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  • Spartanburg High School's "Norse News" Wins First Place for District 7 Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Article

    Spartanburg High School's "Norse News" Wins First Place for District 7 Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Article

    An article introducing District Seven's Diversity and Inclusion initiative to the Spartanburg High School community, written by student Clara Maultsby for the "Norse News," was awarded first place in the news category by the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association's Fall Excellence in Scholastic News Awards.

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  • Chief of Diversity & Inclusion Officer Meets History Makers in Education

    Chief of Diversity & Inclusion Officer Meets History Makers in Education

    At the end of a great day at the 3rd Annual Equity in Education Conference sponsored by Dr. Gloria Boutte from the USC Center for the Education of African American Students, Dr. Carlotta Redish, Chief of Diversity & Inclusion Officer was honored to participate in the panel discussion "Recovering Untold Stories: An Enduring Legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision" with (left to right) Nathaniel Briggs- son of Harry Briggs, Sr. and Eliza Briggs, Briggs v. Elliott (Manning, SC); Cheryl Brown Henderson - daughter of Brown v. Board of Education case namesake Oliver L. Brown (Topeka, KS); and Celestine Parsons Lloyd- daughter of Bennie and Plummer Parsons, child plaintiff, Briggs v. Elliott.

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  • Spartanburg High School's Turn Up The Norse Program Logo

    "Turn Up the Norse" Sensory Bags Make Athletic Games More Accessible

    Across D7, we are becoming more intentional in thinking about how to make opportunities accessible to all audiences we serve. An excellent example is a program from Spartanburg High School called Turn Up the Norse, which provides bags of sensory items that can be checked out during home varsity football and basketball games. These items will help make athletic events more enjoyable for our fans with sensory needs. Bags must be returned by the end of the game either to the table or any concession stand on the home side. Turn Up the Norse, because we're ready. Go Vikings!

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  • Concert of Hope: District 7 and First Presbyterian Church Collaborate to Support Poverty Initiative

    Concert of Hope: District 7 and First Presbyterian Church Collaborate to Support Poverty Initiative

    Students from the Meeting Street Academy choir and from First Presbyterian Church children's choir joined forces to perform in the Concert of Hope alongside other Spartanburg musicians in October 2019. Dr. Russell Booker, Superintendent, served as narrator for the event, which was designed to raise awareness and understanding about the number of children living in poverty across the Spartanburg community. View the promotional video for the concert at https://youtu.be/2kZb-O34z2M

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  •  Purpose Built Communities conference presentation

    Conference Presentation: Purpose Built Communities

    Purpose Built Communities held its three-day, 10th annual conference in Atlanta in October 2019. Representatives from District 7, the Mary Black Foundation, the City of Spartanburg, Northside Development Group, and The Highland Group gave a conference presentation on "The Ins and Outs of Building A High-Quality Early Learning Center." Purpose Built Communities is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by helping local leaders transform struggling neighborhoods, and bringing together the vital components necessary for holistic community revitalization: high quality mixed-income housing, an effective cradle-to-college education pipeline, and comprehensive community wellness resources, organized and driven by a single purpose non-profit community quarterback. About 470 people from 56 different communities in 49 cities from around the country attended the three-day conference.

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  • Dr. Booker Speaks About Equity and Education to Community

    Dr. Booker Speaks About Equity and Education to Community

    The Spartanburg community joined together to hear Dr. Booker speak about equity and education at First Presbyterian Church in September 2019. His talk was part of a series exploring poverty in our community and how we can work together to improve the lives of all citizens

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  • SHS Students Participate in Racial Equity Institute Youth Training

    SHS Students Participate in Racial Equity Institute Youth Training

    Two Spartanburg High School students, Kaitlyn Metz and Maxwell Booker, attended the Racial Equity Index youth training session in fall 2019.

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  • D7 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    D7 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and District 7 took this special opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the Latinx culture represented across our schools and community. On our website and social media pages, we shared spotlights of local and national Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our society. Within our schools, we celebrated and learned about Latinx culture in order to deepen our connections as a community that values diversity and inclusion. Follow along with our social media posts at #D7HispanicHeritage

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  • Hispanic Alliance Guides D7 Principals on Celebrating Latinx Culture

    Hispanic Alliance Guides D7 Principals on Celebrating Latinx Culture

    In September 2019, we welcomed members of the Spartanburg Hispanic Alliance to our monthly principals meeting to seek their guidance on meaningful ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and on how we can better work together going forward to understand and honor Latinx culture.

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  • D7 and SAM Participate in National StriveTogether Convening Fall 2019

    D7 and SAM Participate in National StriveTogether Convening Fall 2019

    Team members from District 7, Spartanburg Academic Movement, and The Franklin School traveled to Washington, D.C., for Strive Together’s 10th annual Cradle to Career Network Convening — a gathering of changemakers united in the work of breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for every child, regardless of race or zip code. We are thankful for the many partners across our Spartanburg community who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our citizens.

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  • District 7 Begins Diversity & Inclusion Conversations During Leadership Retreat

    District 7 Begins Diversity & Inclusion Conversations During Leadership Retreat

    District 7 leaders gathered for a retreat in August 2019 to dig into data and tough questions about racial equity in our community. We checked our preconceived ideas at the door. Open minds and open hearts guide our work. We don’t yet know the “how” or even “what” our diversity and inclusion initiative will look like, but we yearn to understand the “why” and to grow together in that understanding so that we can deepen our efforts.

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