Friday, September 25, 2009

PGCPS: Male Engagement Is Ahead of The Curve

The ongoing commitment by Prince George's County Public Schools to engage and involve men in the academic lives of students is catching fire all over the Country. Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged dads to get involved in their kid's education. In our County last year, men came out to support their children, their schools and their communities in record numbers. For example, in 2008 more than 11,000 men escorted their children to school on the first day (2009 data unavailable at this time). Additionally, more than 10,000 men participated in the first annual Men Make A Difference Day. This year's Men Make A Difference Day is scheduled for October 12, 2009. For more information on Men Make A Difference Day, contact a Parent Liaison at your neighborhood school.

Duncan to Dads:
Get Involved in Kids' Education
By The Associated PressManchester, N.H.

Getting fathers involved in their children's education will take turning off the TV at home and opening the school doors to them, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

"Both sides have to move toward the middle, toward each other," he said in an interview after a forum attended by dozens of nonprofit groups, churches, and government officials around New England.

"What's fascinating to me is that both sides need each other so badly. Educators desperately need parents to be more involved, particularly fathers, and fathers desperately need to be involved in their children's education," he said. "There's just this tremendous untapped potential and power here.

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