Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It is important to know that advocacy works!

Hello Engaged Parents and Dedicated Educators, It is important to know that advocacy works! Thanks to the work of so many of you and your organizations, we see the results of advocacy relative to our local school system. When parents and educators seek and become engaged they create (you create) change. We are experiencing this first hand, as the attempts of the School Board to connect with parents, families, educators and community stakeholders have expanded. There is still work to be done, but their efforts far exceed those of the past. Parents and PGCPS is proud to say we have been a driving force in the efforts to increase two-way communication between homes and schools. Just as important, Parents and PGCPS advocates and will continue to do so for continuing dissemination of information to parents and communities from Prince George’s County Public Schools. Your advocacy, your engagement, your involvement and your dedication makes a difference! Do not be fooled you are the driving force behind the increase communication with your school district. Stay engaged, stay dedicated, it makes a difference. Thanks

Monday, February 4, 2013

Stop the K12 Dropouts

Written by: Dr. Stephen Jones
Every year millions of students drop out of school with no hope of pursuing or completing a college degree. In many cases these students are the first person in their family to consider college. If America is going to thrive in the 21st century, we must be willing to change our lack of investment in education. This is a national crisis that must stop. We need innovative ideas to get students who believe in the value of education. Too many students sit in classes where they indicate that they lack curiosity. If you would like to be a part of the National Campaign to reduce the number of K12 student dropouts share your comments. Also you can contribute to this effort at http://igg.me/p/318416/x/342850. Here are some ideas to reduce the dropout rate: 1. . Create a 9th grade summer institute to help students to transition from middle school to high school. 2. Create class rewards that are based on class attendance for the month. 3. Establish relationships with companies whose internship opportunities will be based on class attendance and performance 4. Identify mentors who can work with students who are at risk of dropping out 5. Assign students projects in based on their career interest. 6. Get local sports teams to donate tickets for students who have a good attendance record 7. Create peer mentors who can work with students who are transitioning from middle school to high school 8. Identify teachers who are willing to spend additional time with students who are thinking about dropping out 9. Provide tutoring for students who may feel overwhelmed by certain subjects 10. Survey students to uncover the consistent reason why students drop out and work with teachers to address the problem. Stopping the dropout rate will require commitment from all aspects of the community. We need more mentors, corporate involvement and parents who will position students to get the help that they need. Students need to be given the motivation to come to school because they see a job opportunity that will result from their attendance. The school that these students attend need to be a place that can help students to overcome their deficits and to see the possibility of post-secondary education. It will take greater input from government officials who even open up their offices as resources for internships and summer jobs. In order to change communities the dropout problem must be eliminated as a standard choice for too many students. If everyone is working together we can end up with more K12 and college graduates. Dr Stephen Jones is a speaker, author and workshop presenter at http://www.studyskills2u.com. Posted by Dr. Stephen Jones at 1:41 PM

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