WCS Advances SEL, Equity Efforts


Warren City Schools has continued putting the                                                                      district’s Social and Emotional Learning efforts into action.

District leaders continued to develop their knowledge and action around Equity and SEL with a session for all members of the District Leadership Team. Teachers and administrators from all buildings were involved in the Oct. 3 session that highlighted different aspects of Equity and Privilege. In the near future, the Warren District Leadership Team will lead in the education and advancement of Equity issues in the school district, making this important topic a bi-partisan effort.

District efforts continued with an interactive roundtable at Warren G. Harding High School where teacher/administrative leaders led small student groups in discussions around hopes/fears – discovering student voice at all grade levels. Every staff member and student participated. Later, roundtable staff leaders and select students, facilitated by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) Consultant Linda Lantieri and building administrators discussed the process. As a result of that conversation, the group decided that the students would advise the staff on the next steps of the monthly roundtable process.


WGH’s Antwan Howard to perform with All-State Jazz Ensemble

The Warren G. Harding Band program is proud to announce that Antwan Howard, a senior at Warren G. Harding High School, has been selected to perform with the All-State Jazz Ensemble on Alto Saxophone.

Antwan, one of only two musicians selected for this position, was among a large number of students to audition for the 2019 OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) All-State Ensembles earlier this year. Students were required to prepare several selections and solos to record and submit by June 1 for evaluation. Professional musicians from across the state ranked the students.

WGH Senior Jordan Ringold was selected as an alternate member of the percussion section. In the event that a student is unable to perform, Jordan will step in with one of the All-State groups. Being selected as an alternate is quite an accomplishment considering the number of students who applied, explained Reid Young, Director of Bands at WGH.

Antwan was a student at Willard PK-8 School and is currently one of the drum majors for the ‘Raider’ Marching Band. Jordan was a student at McGuffey PK-8 and is currently the head drummer of the ‘Raider’ Marching Band. Antwan – and possibly Jordan – will to travel to Cleveland in late January to prepare for concerts featured as part of the 2019 OMEA Professional Development Conference.


UCLA’s Tyrone Howard discusses Equity, SEL with WCS’ staff

WCS Community Conversation on Equity
Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA professor, center, joins U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, right, and Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro for a Community Discussion on Equity and Social-Emotional Learning in the library at Warren G. Harding High School.

Dr. Tyrone Howard, a professor in the graduate school of education and information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), helped Warren City School District kick off its 2018-19 Equity Initiative for ALL students.

Dr. Howard spoke to hundreds of district employees Friday, Aug. 17, ahead of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The day’s events included discussions on WCS’ foundation in Social-Emotional Learning.

Dr. Howard’s research examines culture, race, teaching and learning. He has published several bestselling books, including “Expanding College Access for Urban Youth” and is the director/founder of the Black Male Institute – an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members and policymakers at UCLA dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life changes of males of color.

Dr. Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2016 and 2017, he was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in nation.

He advised WCS’ teachers to empathize with their students, but to hold them accountable and set expectations high. He told those gathered inside the gymnasium at Warren G. Harding High School that it is important to recognize and be willing to openly discuss differences and similarities among various cultures and races.

Later in the day, Dr. Howard joined U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, and Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro for a Community Conversation in the WGH High School library.

Community volunteers welcome students to class

Joshua Guthrie, 6-8 Pod Principal at Jefferson PK-8, right, greets first-grade student Anton Blackwell the first day of school Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Members of 100 Community Men of Warren and volunteers from various organizations joined school leaders as they greeted and cheered for students the first day of school.

The effort, led by Pastor Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church in partnership with the United Way of Trumbull County and Warren City School District, brought volunteers from various organizations to Warren G. Harding High School early the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 21. Volunteers then headed to the district’s four PK-8 Schools – Jefferson, McGuffey, Lincoln and Willard – to greet students attending those buildings.

This year marked the second for 100 Community Men of Warren to participate in the United Way’s ongoing effort help the district kick off a new school year.






Any Given Child Initiative in Warren City Schools: Update

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Any Given Child Initiative in Warren City Schools introduces students to art experiences and art-based learning designed to help them use their creativity to discover themselves and make meaningful connections with others. Warren is the smallest of the 25 school districts selected nationwide by the Kennedy Center and the only one in Ohio. Students involved in the program share their thoughts on the integrated arts initiative in this video produced by Jim Fogarty of 2 Ticks & The Dog Productions that was shared at an April 10, 2018, news conference.