"the fierce urgency of now"

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👓 F.A.C.E. Summit 2021 | Virtual Experience Guide
📢 F.A.C.E. Summit 2021 | breakout rooms
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon) cst

Virtual Room 1

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly White Institutions (PWI), and Career and Technical Education Programs

Virtual Room 2

Student Talk - “The Fierce Urgency of Now!”

Virtual Room 3

Parental Engagement Best Practices

Virtual Room 4

Incoming Freshmen Class of 2025

Virtual Room 5

The Math Party!

📢 F.A.C.E. Summit 2021 | breakout rooms
12:20 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (cst)

Virtual Room 6

Divine 9 - Sororities

Virtual Room 7

Divine 9 - Fraternities

Virtual Room 8

Social Emotional Practices

Virtual Room 9

Meet & Greet School Principals

Virtual Room 10


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what is ESEA?

The goal of ESEA is to ensure a high-quality education for every child, by providing Extra help to students who need it most.

📢 ESEA Has Three (3) Primary Objectives:

To improve student achievement for all participating children

To improve staff development

To improve parental and community involvement

the f.a.c.e. summit

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction has been steadfast in its quest to carry out the Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E) mission to empower parents to actively participate in their children’s education by providing support, resources, and assistance that will increase parental involvement, enhance student achievement and promote community partnerships.

Welcome To F.A.C.E.
Summit 2021

Greetings and Happy New Year Parents and Guardians:

On behalf of the students and families of the Thornton Township High School District 205, it is an honor and a privilege to welcome you to the 4th Annual Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.) Summit. The theme, “The Fierce Urgency Of Now!”, underscores that involved supportive parents, guardians, and community can significantly improve the academic performance of our students. Research shows that educators play an integral role in ensuring quality education to every child. Parents/guardians play a significant role in their children’s lives. The Thornton Township High School District 205 is absolutely committed to providing the best education for our student population.

I welcome each parent, guardian, and community supporter to attend this monumental virtual event, because your participation affirms that you are committed to providing the nurturing support and education that every child requires to succeed.

I wish you a successful and rewarding Educational Summit!


Dr. Nathaniel J. Cunningham, Jr.,

Superintendent of Schools

“the fierce urgency
of now”

The fierce urgency of now has, understandably, made its way into our education reform vocabulary. It has come to mean that the heinous educational conditions that cause children to lose their educational lives and social and economic futures exist because we fail to consistently teach many of them to read and think adequately for these times.

We interpret the phrase, the fierce urgency of now, as urging that schools, teachers, researchers, policymakers, and others need to stop dithering and wasting time, and get down to the business of eradicating unacceptable educational problems with all deliberate speed.

In short, we interpret it to mean, “Get to it now!” and “Produce results!” and “We have no more time to waste!” 

By far, the most famous person to utter the phrase the fierce urgency of now was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day honoring Dr. King’s birth is a fitting moment to consider how we might understand the fierce urgency of now and how we might take our insights forward to confront the problems we educators face today.

Louis Gomez, 2017, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call to Action and Educational Equity”, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Board of education

Ms. Nina Graham, President
Mrs. Annette Whittington, Vice-President
Mrs. Almetta Vasser-Moody, Secretary
Mr. Albert Butler, Member
Mrs. Leticia Cruz, Member
Mr. Ray C. Banks, Member
Mrs. Bernadette Lawrence, Member

student Board of education

Labria Gordon, President
Charity Counts, Vice-President
Fizzaha Vhora, Secretary
Lynn Riley, Treasurer
Christyana Arrington, Member
Larry Bryant, Member
Desman Bennett, Member
Kya Arnold, Member
Tiana Edwards, Member
Jada Lee, Student Representative-At-Large
Salamot Balogun, Student Representative-At-Large
Jazmyn Hughes, Student Representative-At-Large
Ameena Harris, Student Representative-At-Large
Jonathan Rodriguez, Student Representative-At-Large
Sarai Hurst, Student Representative-At-Large

title 1 public schools (3) & programs (2)

Thornton Township H.S.
Thornwood H.S.
Thornridge H.S.
Peace Center
Outlook Academy

title 1 nonpublic school (1)

Unity Christian Academy
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