Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Parents and PGCPS Presents: Educational Views

Parents and PGCPS
Educational Views

Keeping true to our mission to serve as a conduit of information to parents and educators, Parents and PGCPS is proud to present your educational views.  We are presenting voices on education. It is your turn to speak on education. We are handing the microphone to parents and educators in and out of Prince George’s County. Parents and educators such as you are sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences in education. Solutions are found when we talk. So here is the podium, the soap box, the stage, the opportunity...speaks out!

To have your voice included, email us at parentalengagementwithpgcps@gmail.com

To hear Educational Views click www.educationalviews.podbean.com

George Stewart II has dedicated his life to community/public service. His community service journey started in college where he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Through his fraternity work, George has been able to touch the lives of many people through various community service projects. When George is not educating his students on the various important events in history, he is heavily involved in the PTA. As president, he and his executive board are responsible for planning parent outreach events, fund raising events, and membership drives

Dr. Anna Bucy: (Mother/Board of Education Administrator/Researcher)
Dr. Bucy is an educational consultant based in Ohio specializing in gender and bullying with local, state, and national speaking credits. She spent four years on her local school board and earned the Ohio School Boards Association’s lifetime distinction of Master Board Member in 2010. Dr. Bucy has been a college communication and humanities adjunct for 20 years. Dr. Bucy is preparing for an April 30th workshop to help teachers use the Holocaust to discuss bullying in their classrooms. Dr. Bucy can be reached via her web page at www.annabucy.com

Dr. Camilla Ferebee: (Mother/Educator/Scholar)
There is Value in the Home School Partnerships for Students, Parents and Teachers
Dr. Camilla “Mi-Mi” Ferebee has over 10 years of experience in public education. She has taught mathematics, science, special education, and served as an Assistant Principal. She earned a Bachelors Degree of Science in Biology and a Masters of Arts in Administration and Supervision K-12 from Norfolk State University. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from The University of Phoenix.

William Jackson: (Father/Educator/Entrepreneur/Mentor)
Social Media Safety for Children

William is a graduate of Camden High School, Camden, New Jersey, he attended South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C. where he earned his bachelors degree and his master degree from Webster University, Jacksonville, FL.  He serves as adjunct faculty at Edward Waters College.

Jennifer Hursey: (Mother/ Entrepreneur) 

Jennifer is a self-described entrepreneur, photo journalist & social activist.  She has a MBA and is a stepmother. In her spare time she enjoys coin & stamp collecting. 

Khadijah Ali-Coleman: (Mother/ Entrepreneur/Writer) 
How The World of Art and Education Impact Student Success

Khadijah Moon Ali-Coleman is an award-winning journalist who has served the Washington DC metropolitan area for more than six years, covering education, political and arts news for online, print and broadcast media. Her articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including East of the River, The Washington Informer, District Chronicles, The Baltimore Times, The Afro and The Hill Rag. Nationally, her work has been read on online sites, including SoulTrain.com, the award-winning music blog SoulBounce.com,  and the national news site Examiner.com where she writes as the DC Community Issues Examiner.

Dr. Mike Robinson: (Father/ Entrepreneur/Educator)
How Ineffective Educational Leadership Create Failing Schools

Dr. Mike Robinson is the CO-CEO of Forest Of The Rain Productions an educational communication company. Dr. Robinson is the creator of the National Men Make A Difference Day for Academic Success and the host of Parent Talk Live. He is considered a leading voice/expert on parental engagement and education.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mrs. Kimberly K. Parker, discusses THREE WAYS TO DISCOVER YOUR CHILD

On the path of self discovery, I’ve arrived at many conclusions. One is that no two children are alike. While they may be cut from the same parental cloth, they are uniquely designed. It was many years after having my second child that this became truth for me. Sure, there were telltale signs from as early as the second day of his birth, but somehow my desire to duplicate my older son overshadowed the indicators.

The dichotomy between my two sons knocked me off my feet! One is night; the other is day. One is peanut butter; the other is jelly. One goes along with the program; the other is the program. One is ebb; the other is flow. I just could not adjust! The nearly immediate transition of mind, body, and soul…literally...challenged me beyond belief. Throw in an unexpected bout of post-partum depression and you have the making of disaster. “This was not a part of the plan,” I would often think.

I was overwhelmed and often found myself wishing, hoping, praying, and even verbally expressing, “Why can’t you be like your brother?” I’m not proud of that at all. In fact, the mere typing of those words caused my stomach to drop. Sadly, I know I’m not alone. I’ve engaged with enough moms and dads who, too, are guilty of harboring that thought..

For the first six years of his life, we bumped heads. Exhausted, I began to search for answers. It was not long before I discovered the solutions began and ended with me. I had to change my approach, accept his uniqueness, address, his individuality, and ensure he was appreciated. I had to discover who my son truly was and, most importantly, who he was not. Below are three initial ways I accomplished this goal:

  • I discovered his learning style: Statistics show that a large majority of children are classified as linguistic learners. That is, they learn best by using syntax (the study of rules), phonology (the study of sound), semantics (the study of meanings), and pragmatics (which deals with logic). My younger son, on the other hand, is without question a bodily-kinesthetic/musical learner. In short, he learns best by moving so I no longer harp on him to sit down.
  • I discovered his love language: Dr. Gary Chapman became one of my best friends when I got hold of his book The Five Love Languages. He shares that words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, and physical touch are ways we can help another person feel loved. I discovered that my son’s love languages are receiving gifts and physical touch. No wonder he hugs me a hundred times a day and expects a treat just as often. Genius!
  • I discovered his personality type: For many years, I thought there were just two personality types: A and B. Boy was I wrong! I discovered that there are over 16 personality types. Not only is my son a true type A, he is also somewhat of a type ENFP and an ESFP. I was…and still am…totally amazed.

Since I’ve made these discoveries, my relationship with my son has blossomed! Taking the time to learn about him also taught me so much about myself. The greatest lesson I learned was to never compare him with his brother or anyone else, for that matter. He is who he is because God uniquely designed him! I love you, Son!

Kimberly K. Parker is the President and CEO of Writing Momma Publishing, LLC (www.writingmomma.com). To date, she has written three books and has helped nine children between the ages of nine and nineteen write and publish books of their own. This summer, she is offering “The Ultimate Writing Experience!” For more information visit www.writingmomma.com and click on Writing Programs. Kimberly is a professional writer, author, publisher, and blogger living in Maryland with her husband and three children.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Parent Talk Live, hosted by Dr. Mike Robinson Presents The Facts About Bullying

Parent Talk Live, hosted by Dr. Mike Robinson presents the facts about bullying with well renowned bullying expert, humanist, researcher, public speaker, community organizer and educator out of Ohio, Dr. Anna Bucy.

Time: 8:00pm-8:30pm

Location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/living-education-enetwork/2012/03/26/parent-talk-live-the-issue-of-bullying

Call in number: (347) 215-6161

Additionally we hope to have an exclusive interview with Anita Posey-Fendall, who has just released her first in a series of books on bullying entilted: "That's Not My Name" Mrs. Fendal is also the CEO of Tease Free Kids and lives in Glenarden, Maryland.

Time: 8:30pm-9:00pm

Location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/living-education-enetwork/2012/03/26/parent-talk-live-the-issue-of-bullying

Call in number: (347) 215-6161

Saturday, March 24, 2012

“PGCEA Announces Endorsements for 2012 Prince George’s County Board of Education”

March 22, 2012: The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) is endorsing the following candidates for Prince George’s County Board of Education in the 2012 elections:

District 4: Micah Watson

District 5: Jeana Jacobs

District 7: Henry Armwood, Jr

District 8: Andre Nottingham

The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association prides itself in the due diligence put into every endorsement. A committee of educators interviewed candidates in each district and recommended the ones best prepared to guide the second-largest school system in Maryland. PGCEA President Kenneth Haines is asking voters “Please, weigh our endorsements in these important races for the Board of Education! Their deliberations & decisions will influence the lives of 9,000 classroom-based educators & 123,000 children.” PGCEA, an affiliate of the National Education Association, remains steadfast in supporting candidates who are committed to the principle of “a great public school for every child”. These candidates have the required knowledge, expertise and passion to lead the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Thursday, March 22, 2012



October 8, 2012


Mr. William E. Rogers

2010 Writing Mama Publishing, LLC.

Father of the Year


One of the millions of Engaged Fathers
William E. Rogers is a single father of four children who works extremely hard as an entrepreneur. He does not take his role as a dad lightly. He is very determined to help his children become successful in every area of their lives! Déjà Roger, who is 13 years old, attends Science and Technology High School. She is in the 9th grade and is establishing a 4.0 GPA. She, scored advanced on the State Assessment Test in both Reading and Math, takes Honors English, scored a 275 on the science and tech entrance exam, even though a score of 212 was needed for acceptance into the program, participates in the Science Bowl, takes Algebra 2/Trig.
Her previous School, which was a French Immersion school she became the President of the Student Government Association, played on girls’ soccer team, and helped the girls’ basketball team reach the playoffs for the first time! She is an all around super daughter.
Talia Rogers, who is nine years old, attends a French Immersion School. She is in the fourth grade and has a 3.97 GPA. She scored advanced on the State Assessment Test in both reading and math, and is currently taking 5th grade math. She is a Tae Kwon Do student and her instructor expressed that her skill level is ahead of kids that have been there longer. She is definitely a little leader in the making.
William, III and Edward Rogers are seven year old twins who attend North Elementary. They are in the second grade and are both above grade level in Reading and Math, testing on a third grade level. They are Tae Kwon Do students and enjoy the movements. They are very energetic and loving sons who have interests in PC’s and Science. The budding little scientists are following in their daddy’s footsteps.
Mr. Rogers said, “My children are definitely making me look good! I am so proud of them!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Parents and PGCPS Network Member Nicole states her views on the movie Bullying.

Over the course of the last few days, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the content of the film "Bullying." My understanding is that the movie has been given an "R" rating because of its overall "RAW" depiction.

I understand that there is a movement underway to either lessen this rating or not rate the film so that it can be viewed by our young people. As a Mother and a Community Orientated Professional, what do I have to do to bring this film to our children?
Further, bullying--whether it be physical and/or cyber bullying is "RAW" and often results in violence and/or self-inflicted harm/suicide. As a Parent, I would rather invest TIME in my child via a couple of hours of "RAW" cinema that may pay future dividends in making our Young People "patient, tolerable, accepting---AND ALIVE!"

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and reply. I have been doing some research on the matter. The link below will take you to the online campaign to bring the film to our market and show the trailer for the film. If you will take a moment to review the information and assist me in spreading the word, I would so appreciate it.~~~Nicole

Your Demand has been counted. Now, SPREAD THE WORD! ----here is the linkhttp://movies.eventful.com/competitions/bully2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012







SPRINGDALE, MARYLAND, March 20, 2012 – Parenting magazine today announced that Nakia Ngwala of Springdale has been selected to represent Maryland at the third-annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference in Washington, D.C. this April 29th through May 1st. Ngwala was chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools.

A total of fifty-one delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, have been selected by Parenting from a record-setting number applications submitted through Parenting.com. Each will receive an all-expense-paid trip to D.C. for the event, where they’ll have the opportunity to connect with national leaders in education, Parenting editors, and past Mom Congress delegates to exchange ideas on how to improve our nation’s schools.

“When I received the news that I was selected as a 2012 delegate to represent Maryland, I was ecstatic!” says Ngwala of her excitement to be a part of Mom Congress. “I look forward to proudly representing Maryland at the upcoming conference in April and taking back the information learned at the conference to collectively continue our work to improve our education system.”

The theme of the 2012 Mom Congress conference, “Teach Me Something New,” is dedicated to fostering the crucially important relationship between parents and their children’s teachers. For the third consecutive year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan headlines the roster of education and advocacy leaders scheduled to address the delegates at the conference. Others scheduled to appear include NBC News’ Education Nation, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!, Save the Children, National PTA, National Education Association, Teach for America, and more.

In her work as an education advocate, Ngwala has pushed for education reform in early childhood education and is a staunch supporter of including high-quality, full-day prekindergarten in Congress’s reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Ngwala has worked tirelessly in her community to create mutually beneficial relationships between neighborhood schools and area businesses. Likewise, she engaged in action based dialogue with area school administrators in an effort to augment overcrowded classrooms with assistant teachers. In 2011, Ngwala was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to serve as a member of the Prince George’s County Citizens’ Review Board for Children.

Empowered and inspired by attending the conference, past delegates have returned to their states to create significant change in their school systems, affecting the lives of thousands of children nationwide. In 2010, delegates worked with Parenting editors at the conference to create the “Lesson Plan for Change”, a blueprint to empower parents to get more involved in their children’s education that appeared in Parenting School Years magazine and the bestselling companion guide to the documentary Waiting for Superman.

The 2011 class of delegates’ accomplishments include the creation of a nationwide book drive in support of early literacy, Books Make it Better; recognition through The White House “Champions of Change” program; the improvement of several school lunch programs across the country; and the development of new educational resources and programs in nearly every state, from early science education workshops in Florida to a new parental advocacy program, Camp Educate, in California.

Faculty members from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies—the Mom Congress educational provider—will lead informative sessions at the conference this year, offering advocacy training workshops to help delegates take what they’ve learned and put it to work in their own communities.

Driven by the ever-increasing role that parents play in advocating for positive change in the education system, Parenting magazine launched the Mom Congress initiative in 2009 to celebrate and connect parents working to improve our nation’s schools. Each month, Parenting and Parenting.com give readers and the 25,000+ Mom Congress members updated educational news and resources to help them make a difference and bring about positive changes for students.

For more information, visit Parenting.com/momcongress.


Victoria Livadas


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