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"Negotiating the Educational System": A Webinar with Dr. Mary Bacon
Posted 11/19/21



The community is invited to a December 1 webinar with Dr. Mary Bacon about how to best participate in school meetings.

The bureaucracy of the school system can be quite confusing to families, particularly those whose children may be experiencing academic, behavioral or social challenges in adjusting to the requirements of the school environment. This presentation will focus on providing basic information about the typical school meetings that routinely take place in schools to discuss student performance in order to assist families in being more informed advocates for their children. Staff members will be available to respond to specific questions that participants might raise. In addition, for those who desire to be more actively involved in district advisory or parent education groups, handouts and links will be provided to better inform families of the resources available to them to support their children’s educations.


Date: December 1, 2021

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm



*You will receive the Zoom link after you register.


About Mary Montle Bacon, PhD


Mary Bacon’s journey from the projects in the South and tenements in the Northeast to the role of consultant makes her uniquely prepared both personally and professionally to address issues related to achieving equity for students and families who are racially, ethnically and culturally different and many who come from less advantaged backgrounds.

Educated in elementary and secondary schools in New Orleans and Harlem, she earned a BA in Secondary Education from Fordham majoring in Spanish and becoming the first one in her family to graduate from elementary school. Graduate education was at Stanford where she earned an MA in Guidance and Counseling and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and San Francisco State in Special Education Administration.

An experienced teacher, university instructor, counselor, psychologist, administrator, juvenile probation officer and parent of four, her passion has consistently been advocacy for the most challenged and challenging youth and families in our educational systems. As a consultant throughout the country for the last three decades, she has worked with numerous school districts in addressing the needs of students and families to be better equipped to negotiate the educational system and preparing educators to serve them more effectively.