Tag Archives: Columbia High School

Coalition on Race Responds to Changes in School District Administrators

The Coalition responds to Dr. Ficarra’s (district interim superintendent) announcement regarding administrative reassignments.

SOMSD Diversity Hiring Fair


The South Orange and Maplewood School District is committed to building a teaching and administrative staff reflective of the rich racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of our students. Learn about the benefits of joining our extraordinary team of educators. We are recruiting educators from diverse backgrounds who share our commitment to an inclusive culture where […]

Schools Committee Co-Chairs Speak before BOE on De-leveling Proposal

CBA MSW Teacher Orientation

Carol Barry-Austin and Sue Willis made a strong and heart-felt plea before the Board of Education to support changes to our school district’s system of academic tracking or leveling that has had adverse effects for students of color and has created segregated classrooms in the high school. Read their remarks here…

Giving Teens A Voice

Flyer January 2018

These are open discussions on race for teens, December 6th and January 17th, in partnership with the Maplewood and South Orange Libraries. Read more here…

Film: ‘Before the Trees Was Strange’ by Derek Burrows

Before the Trees Was Strange is a feature length documentary about the director’s family and how they dealt with the issue of racism growing up with a Mother whose fears of being being perceived as black caused her to reject her children’s choices in their lives. For more information on the film please go to:  http://beforethetreeswasstrange.com/ The […]

‘Before the Trees Was Strange,’ an Exploration of Race and Identity

Pic for BTTWS film

Join us to watch ‘Before the Trees Was Strange,’ a feature length documentary about the director’s family and how they dealt with the issue of racism growing up with a mother whose fears of being perceived as black caused her to reject her children’s choices in their lives. Film is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Derek Burrows, Harvard professor of history Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and hosted by Budd Mishkin.

16th Annual MLK Observance & Volunteer Fair

16th Annual MLK Observance & Volunteer Fair

Join us on Monday, January 16th, 2 pm, at Columbia High School for this inspirational, multi-faith event that will include music and dance.

Large Community Turn Out for Conversations on Race


Author, clinical psychologist, and retired Spelman President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum encouraged our residents and teachers to take action on racial integration and inclusion.

Talking to Children About Race and Culture

Talking to Children flyer FINAL

Led by Dr. Khyati Joshi (professor, author and speaker on race, immigration and religion), we will explore approaches to talking to children about race and cultural differences at home and school as well as learn about improving communication among staff, students, and parents.

Planning Ahead Workshop Engages Parents

planning ahead 2016 four

Parents gathered for this workshop hosted by the Schools Committee to learn some best practices for planning high school schedules with an eye toward post-graduation studies.