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How to Break Barriers!

We are full of gratitude for all the educators, parents, and caregivers who joined us this weekend for Breaking Barriers: Achieving Black Student Excellence. While many painful and difficult facts about the challenges Black students face in educational spaces were presented, innovative solutions sprung out of the hard conversations, and a real collective commitment to systemic change was palpable in the air. That commitment to change was made visible by the very presence of our parent, caregiver, and educator attendees who showed up on an early Saturday morning prepared to have challenging conversations.

Don't just take our word for it: here is what attendees of Breaking Barriers have to say.

Thank you to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board for supporting this event. Breaking Barriers: Achieving Black Student Excellence wouldn't have been possible without the hundreds of hours of volunteer work from the Parents for Diversity and Ottawa Black Educators Network teams. Thank you to every person who make this event happen, and stay tuned for future learning opportunities!

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