Schedule of Community Conversations

  • The Upper Darby School District wanted to hear from all its community stakeholders throughout this process of building an action-oriented plan for fostering educational excellence with equity for all its schoolchildren. To that effect, four (4) forums were held and conducted virtually via Zoom to build trust and buy-in from four stakeholder groups whose voices we wanted to make sure were represented in the discussions. The forums were followed by three (3) broader community forums and were all facilitated with breakout groups led by experienced dialogue moderators from Community Catalyst Conversations, a unit of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.


    The forum focus groups and sessions were as follows: 


    Forum Date


       Affinity Group

    Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

       The African-American/Black Diaspora Community


    Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

       The Business Community


    Thursday, January 7, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


       The Catholic Parish Community


    Monday, January 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


       The Immigrant Community


    The three (3) general community forums were 2-hour events and were open to all District residents and anyone else with an authentic stake in the school system as a business owner, taxpayer or employee. 


    Forum Date


    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.


    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:15 p.m.


    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.