Free SAT Prep Workshop A HUGE Success!

Posted by SPMG Media on September 21, 2013 under Academic Achievement Gap, Achievement Gap Events, Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Mentoring Youth, Parent Involvement | Read the First Comment

More than 500 students turned out to get preparation for the upcoming SAT test. Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr, Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success hosts this powerful event throughout the year (throughout Southern California) to help parents and educators prepare juniors and seniors for the SAT Test. Learn more at www.freesatprepworkshop.com. The Wooten Center (http://wootencenter.org/) provided SAT math and language arts instructors for the program held September 15, 2013, at the Marriott LAX. Thanks to E1T1 director and Wooten advisory board member Dr. Chris Hickey for providing this great program for our youth. Thanks to Wooten instructors Marcos Escobar, Barrett Warden and Abraham Ruiz for your care and attention helping students understand the instructions and questions they will face soon on the SAT and to Alexis Marion for preparing the materials. Exemplary Math instructions were also provided by Mr. Andy Castanon, of Windward School (http://windwardschool.org/). SPMG Media partnered with Each One-Teach One in this powerful event. Photos by Devlan Boyd. The next Free SAT Prep Workshop will be held in March 2014.  Check back for details!

The Free SAT Prep Workshop

The Free SAT Prep Workshop

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The Students are Signing up and Very Excited. How can you Help?

Posted by admin on September 2, 2013 under Academic Achievement Gap, Achievement Gap Events, Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Education Is A Civil Right, Education Leadership, Leadership, News, Parent Involvement | Read the First Comment

GREAT NEWS: WE ALREADY HAVE OVER 300 CONFIRMED STUDENTS REGISTERED FOR THE SEPTEMBER 15, FREESATPREPWORKSHOP.

Help us meet our Goal!

Help us meet our Goal!

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN!!!

WHAT A PHENOMENAL MATCH CHALLENGE WEEK!!! Our total for the week, INCLUDING THE MATCHING CONTRIBUTION, was a FANTASTIC $2,606,00 This brings our total collected for this year’s FREESATPREPWORKSHOP TO $4,072.00, which represents 58% of our overall GOAL of $7,000.00. LET’S NOT LET UP!! LET’S SEE IF WE CAN CUT THE REMAINING $2,928.00 of our total GOAL in half this week, making our GOAL THIS WEEK, to RAISE only $1,464.00.

We are asking for only $3.00 from each of my FB Friends, and we will MAKE IT HAPPEN! I am so appreciative for ALL OF YOU who has already contacted me and pledged your support, in all forms. Please SPREAD THE WORD: SHARE OUR LINKS. We can do this – Let’s CONTINUE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

If Paypal is not your preference you can mail your contribution to: FreeSATPrepWorkshop c/o Chris L. Hickey, Sr. 309 E. Hillcrest Blvd. #364. Inglewood, CA 90301. Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Each One – Teach One Alliance. Thank you again for your consistent and loyal support. It has not been unrecognized.

The Paypal link can be found on the right side of the following web site:

http://www.freesatprepworkshop.com/

 

FREESATPREPWORKSHOP is Coming Along

Posted by admin on August 31, 2013 under Academic Achievement Gap, Achievement Gap Events | Be the First to Comment

The Students are Getting EXCITED

The Students are Getting EXCITED!!

Time is Closing in on us Folks. I am Loving the Response and Support. The Students are getting Excited and Ready. We are still HOPING for our BIGGEST DAY OF ALL!!! We want to take full advantage of the MATCHING CHALLENGE!! Remember one of my FB Friends has offered what they are calling the “MAKE IT HAPPEN CHALLENGE.” They have pledged to match $ for $ all contributions that are made between Monday, August 26th and midnight September 1st. For each dollar you contribute they will match it to help us meet our target. WOW!!!! This is AWESOME!! So far we have received $270.00 that will be matched. We are heading for the HOME STRETCH, and the students are getting very EXCITED. We are asking for only $3.00 from each of my FB Friends, and we will MAKE IT HAPPEN! I am so appreciative for ALL OF YOU who has already contacted me and pledged your support, in all forms. Please SPREAD THE WORD: SHARE OUR LINKS. We can do this – Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN!

If Paypal is not your preference you can mail your contribution to: FreeSATPrepWorkshop c/o Chris L. Hickey, Sr. 309 E. Hillcrest Blvd. #364. Inglewood, CA 90301. Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Each One – Teach One Alliance. Thank you again for your consistent and loyal support. It has not been unrecognized.

The Paypal link can be found on the right side of the following web site:

http://www.freesatprepworkshop.com/

FREESATPREPWORKSHOP Needs your Help

Posted by admin on August 30, 2013 under Academic Achievement Gap | Be the First to Comment

Help us make it to the Top

Help us make it to the Top

Good morning Each One – Teach One Supporters. Your donation of just $3.00 goes a long ways in helping 400 students along their way to college. One of my FB Friends has offered what they are calling the “MAKE IT HAPPEN CHALLENGE.” They have pledged to match $ for $ all contributions that are made between Monday, August 26th and midnight September 1st. For each dollar you contribute they will match it to help us meet our target. WOW!!!! This is AWESOME!! The FreeSATPrepWorkshop is just weeks away, and we need your help. Clearly, folk are motivated to contribute to such worthy causes when they see the people they admire showing interest. I wanted to personally check with you to see how I can assist in getting you among the list of those who will be acknowledged for their financial contribution. If Paypal is not your preference you can mail your contribution to: FreeSATPrepWorkshop c/o Chris L. Hickey, Sr. 309 E. Hillcrest Blvd. #364. Inglewood, CA 90301. Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Each One – Teach One Alliance. Thank you again for your consistent and loyal support. It has not been unrecognized.

 

The Paypal link can be found on the right side of the following web site:

http://www.freesatprepworkshop.com/

The Privatization of Public Education

Posted by SPMG Media on July 16, 2013 under Academic Achievement Gap, Education Leadership, Educational Policy, Educational Reform, Multiple Pathways to Education, News, Research Corner | Be the First to Comment

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The Common Core/Standardized Testing regime, justified to make the US economy more competitive internationally, has marginalized the Arts, Social Studies/Civics, Phys. Ed, recess/free play and extracurricular activities. Yet, those are the sources of most of the well rounded, innovative graduates business leaders say they desperately need. Education reform only makes sense as a business strategy but educationally, it is wasting the opportunities of children by the scores of millions, and, if continued, will create a generation of shadow citizens.
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Get Ready for the Free SAT Prep – Sept. 15, 2013

Posted by SPMG Media on under Academic Achievement Gap, Community Action, Education Leadership, Multiple Pathways to Education | Be the First to Comment

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We are currently in preparation for the FREE SAT Prep Workshop, hosted by Each One-Teach One: Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement & Success. This event for Juniors and Seniors in High School will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, from 1…2 noon – 5pm, in Los Angeles at the Marriott LAX. Sponsorship and Vendor opportunities are available. SPMG Media and Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access,… welcomes our McDonald’s as our Title Sponsor. Join us in sponsoring this worthwhile event and get YOUR information out to more than 200 college bound students and their parents, and be included in our public recognition at the event, on social media, our press releases and our websites. For more information, you can inbox me or visit the website to make a donation or register for the newsletter – http://www.freesatprepworkshop.com/ GET IN THE GAME – Help us make the difference for OUR STUDENTS!

Believe Foundation Makes its Case for Arts Education in Urban Schools

Posted by Chris L. Hickey, Sr on July 9, 2012 under Academic Achievement Gap, Community Action, Education Leadership, Educational Reform, Leadership, News | Be the First to Comment

Gregory Smith, Executive Director of Believe Foundation

LOS ANGELES – (June 28, 2012) — The development team of the Los Angeles School of Arts & Entertainment (LASAE) has made its case before the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD). A collection of educators, parents, and some of the most important names in the entertainment industry, the team made a well-informed and passionate plea for arts education Wednesday, June 27 at the IUSD board meeting. A project of the Believe Foundation, LASAE is a proposed college preparatory 6th through 12th grade charter school that seeks to be a catalyst for the restoration of high quality arts education in urban America. As part of the California Education Code, the IUSD Board of Education now has 30 days to either approve or deny the charter petition. If the petition is successful, the development team anticipates an enrollment of 360 students with classes starting in the fall of 2013.

“The Los Angeles School of Arts and Entertainment is a direct response to draconian cuts in arts education in Los Angeles and throughout California,” said development team member Dr. Aresa A. Allen, a professor for the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and principal for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since 2008 the Los Angeles Unified School District has cuts arts education by more than 80% and recently proposed to end elementary arts education completely.

These cuts come despite clear evidence showing that students immersed in a long-term, arts rich environment outperformed their “arts poor” counterparts by 46% on standardized tests across all academic disciplines (e.g. English, Mathematics, Science, History, etc.).

Similarly, low income high school seniors with a long-term involvement in band or orchestra are twice as likely to score highly proficient in math (33%) as their non music counterparts (15.5%). Research also indicates that low income students with substantial involvement in the arts are:

• 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
• 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
• 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
• 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
• 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Because students can cross district lines to attend a charter school, LASAE will be a magnet for all students desiring an arts-centered college preparatory education. “We already have more than 300 signatures from parents from throughout the L.A. County affirming their interest in enrolling their children at LASAE” said, TJ Stafford, Board Secretary for the Believe Foundation. These signatures were part of the completed petition that was submitted to IUSD.

Supporters of the project

The mission of the LASAE is to use high quality arts education to improve student achievement and to prepare its graduates for success in college and/or employment opportunities in the creative economy. Serving grades 6th through 12th, the LASAE will offer a standards‐based college preparatory curriculum and high-level instruction in music, dance, drama, and the visual and media arts.

“There is a critical need for the restoration of arts education in urban America,” said Charles Ragins, also a member of the development team and 2010 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (The Simpsons). “Its about time we began reinvesting in the arts and reinvesting in our children.”

During the public hearing Ragins was joined by fellow LASAE development team member Michael Bearden, Michael Jackson’s former music director. “When I think about where the arts have taken me in my career, I want that same opportunity for every student regardless of their race, income or geography.”

LASAE will prepare students for college and future employment by requiring all graduates to complete the CSU/UC admissions requirements along with at least 200 total hours of work experience in the arts. Informed by an advisory board made up of educators, scholars, artists and entertainment industry professionals, students will also be given every opportunity to create academic, professional and personal relationships that will be of great benefit long after they graduate.

Founded by long-time community arts educator and advocate Gregory C. Smith, the development team of LASAE includes; architect Phillip H. Cotton; educational specialists Tommie Watkins, Casaundra McNair (Moreno Valley Unified School District), Mindy Coates Smith (Director of Youth Discipleship, Bel Air Presbyterian Church); Chris L. Hickey Sr. (Each One-Teach One), Kevin Eddington, Dr. Michael Baslee (Pepperdine School of Education), Bonnie Tillotson (Former Head of Visual and Performing Arts, San Bernardino County Board of Education) and Dr. Aresa Allen (Rossier School of Education—USC). Team members from the fields of arts and entertainment include; Charles Ragins, 2010 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (The Simpsons), Michael Bearden, former music director for Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna; Rickerby Hinds, Professor of Playwriting at the University of California, Riverside; Erick Tran of The Simpsons; Jae Deal, Assistant Music Director for Janet Jackson; T.J. Stafford, lead singer Uncle Daddy, Grammy Winner Jeffe Weber; and Sean Holt, formerly of Lopez Tonight and music director of Queen Latifah’s new singing competition show The Next staring Gloria Estefan, John Rich, and Nelly. Major media outlets and community organizations that have committed support to the project include 100.3 The Sound Radio, BLU Educational Foundation, and the 10,000-member Faithful Central Bible Church.

About Believe Foundation
Founded by Gregory C. Smith, a long-time community arts educator, Believe Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides high quality arts programming to underserved communities. Emphasizing the universal appeal of great art, the organization seeks to inspire inner-city youth to become the artists and audiences of the future. For more information, visit www.believefoundationusa.org or http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MtQvlmPa48.

Celebrating WRCEBC Board Members, Parents and Supporters

Posted by WRCEBC on September 11, 2011 under Academic Achievement Gap, Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Educational Policy, Leadership, Parent Involvement | Be the First to Comment

As the country and world reflects, in either mourning or commemoration, on
the events of September 11, 2001, I am compelled to meditatively celebrate
the energy, scholarship, commitment, solidarity and enthusiasm
overwhelmingly exhibited at yesterday's Western Regional Council on
Educating Black Children (WRCECB) Board of Director's Retreat. I
especially want to express my abiding gratitude and appreciation to Dr.
George McKenna for taking the time to not only impart his wisdom and
encouragement to the extraordinary group of attendees, but to also
establish an inaugural tone of positivity, vigilance, determination, and
spirit of collaboration that sustained and carried the group throughout
the entire six-and-a-half hour working day. 

I want to also thank all of the special guest and parents who joined us
for the day, providing much needed and appreciated perspectives relevant
to the ubiquitous challenges facing African American children, parents,
educators, and organizations, such as the National Council on Educating
Black Children (NCEBC) and the Western Region affiliate, charged with
engaging intervention and change of systemic education inequities
throughout the country. Additionally, every person in attendance freely
and enthusiastically shared strategies that we must consider and utilize
in our collective commitment to fulfill the charge of our shared mission
and vision to address, educate, and actively engage in sustainable
solutions relevant to the fulfillment of superlative levels of Academic
Access, Achievement and Success for Black Children. 

Additionally, I must thank the numerous individuals, including members of
the National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC) Executive Board,
full Board, and membership, who were not able to make yesterday's meeting,
but have nonetheless expressed to me the same level of enthusiasm and
commitment to our charge, and who will surly be involved in future NCEBC
and WRCEBC meetings, events, programs, initiatives and actions. The
community and National support of the WRCEBC is undeniable and robust.

Again, thank you all. I look forward to getting information out to the
committee chairs and hearing, along with the rest of our growing
organization, the results of your strategic planning meetings.

Peace and Blessings to you all.

Chris L. Hickey, Sr.
WRCEBC Board President

Each One – Teach One Executive Director to Present at Black Child Conference/Scholarship Luncheon

Posted by Chris L. Hickey, Sr on May 11, 2011 under Achievement Gap Events, Educational Reform, Educational Technology, Educational Technology Events, Multiple Pathways to Education, Research Corner | Be the First to Comment

Each One - Teach One Alliance Executive Director

Each One - Teach One Alliance Executive Director

On June 4th, 2011 Chris L. Hickey, Sr., the Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success will be presenting a workshop at the Council of Black Administrators’ (COBA) 36th Annual Black Child Conference/Scholarship Luncheon, in Los Angeles. The Conference Theme is: “Quality First Teaching: The Key to Academic Success for the African-American Child.” My presentation topic is, “Understanding the iGeneration: The New Science of Learning.” In the workshop teachers, parents and caretakers explore and share perspectives relevant to the new science of the brain, learning and cognition. The focus of this workshop is on how classroom instruction can be strategically aligned, at home, with how iGeneration students learn. Participants are presented with ground breaking research that challenge traditional notions of how students spend their (multi-tasking) time, direct their (creative) attention, and are inspired (motivated) to learn. Specific attention is given to how the staggering global proliferation of cell phones, IPads, digital social networks, eBooks, video games, Wikis, Wiis, email, texting, IMing, MP3 players, IPods, PS3s, personal computers, Xboxes, etc., are affecting the nature and cognitive process of learning.

For more information on the conference visit:

http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/orgs/coba/index.html

Each One – Teach One Executive Director to Present at National Conference

Posted by Chris L. Hickey, Sr on February 26, 2011 under Academic Achievement Gap, Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Parent Involvement | Be the First to Comment

On April 28th - 30th, 2011 Chris L. Hickey, Sr., the Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success will be presenting a workshop at the National Council on Educating Black Children Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The presentation topic is: The Parents’ Role in Creating a College Going Culture at Home, School and Community. “In this workshop parents will explore and share perspectives relevant to the environment, attitude and practices that define a college-going culture. The focus will be on how parents can strategically influence the home, school and community of the student, utilizing methods that consistently support: a) students being interested and aware, as early as elementary school, of career and college options from a global perspective; b) the school’s expectation that all students can be prepared to attend college; and, c) a consistent message of high expectations for the student’s future.”

For more information on the conference visit:

http://ncebc.org/