Community, City and State Leaders Join the Peace Party

mayor facilitationLast Saturday Community Mediation Center (CMC) Facilitators Annette Lantz-Simmons and Gregory Winship helped Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) Community, City and State leaders have a thoughtful discussion about the future of the KCMO School District. Few subjects engender more passion than the education and well-being of our children.

Mayor Sly James purposefully pulled together participants with diverse opinions and had the foresight to enlist neutral facilitation from CMC. A morning of information gathering, clarification and more clarification led to an afternoon focused on the needs of the children in the district. At the end of a full day, participants offered several shared recommendations to DESE, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as they move toward presenting a consolidated plan for further discussion.

What made the biggest impression on me throughout the day was the committed, tenacious and respectful manner in which the 20 participants around the table interacted. Welcome to the Peace Party!

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