GREAT NEWS: WE ALREADY HAVE OVER 300 CONFIRMED STUDENTS REGISTERED FOR THE SEPTEMBER 15, FREESATPREPWORKSHOP.
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.
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Nearly 300 students participated
They are smart, bright students. They are willing in spirit, strong in intellect. College is within reach thanks to the work of a community based organization that mobilizes parents to get involved. Nearly 300 high school students took advantage of a FREE SAT PREP WORKSHOP Sunday, November 22nd from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Westin Los Angeles Airport. This was a follow-up event from the September 27th workshop where over 400 students participated. Organized by Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, the SAT math and writing workshops were taught by volunteers from Princeton Review and the prestigious West Los Angeles Windward School, with the goal of helping to bridge the standardized test performance gap between inner city youth and their more affluent counterparts in more affluent communities.
Students assist each other in their learning
The overwhelming response to the FREE SAT PREP WORKSHOP indicates that these students have and desire to improve their SAT scores. “Some of the achievement gap is really a test preparation gap,” according to Chris L. Hickey, Sr., Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance. “Offering SAT workshops is an important component in making sure all students have access to the best colleges and universities in the country.”
Parents make it happen
“Parent support is a major factor in helping our kids achieve and succeed,” said Hickey. He goes on to proudly share, “Nearly every one of the volunteers at the workshops, with the exception of the instructors, is a parent or guardian of one or more of the students attending the workshop. As the parents bring their students to the workshop, I begin recruiting them to facilitate the registration of other students.
Parents register students for workshop
The parents then manage this process of the workshop. After the registration needs are met, parents assist the instructors in each class room, including the distribution of materials. Other parents monitor the whereabouts of the students in the hotel to ensure the students are always aware that they are well taken care of.
Parents appreciate being involved.
The students really seem to appreciate knowing that the operation is actually managed by parents. The parents are also very eager to contribute in whatever way they can. This is what makes this project work so well.”
Parents get to know each other.
Each One – Teach One’s next FREE SAT PREP WORKSHOP will take place in February, 2010. The organization is also planning workshops to assist students with their college application personal statement and financing their college education. In recognition of the need to get college preparation information early in their children’s school career, Each One – Teach One is also planning a series of workshops titled: “The Parent’s Guide to College Prep: From 6th to 9th Grade.” Details on all future workshops will be available at: www.FreeSatPrepWorkshop.com
These students are serious about their future
Each One - Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, in partnership with The Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children will host a FREE SAT PREPARATION WORKSHOP on September 27th, 2009. The workshop will be held at the Westin LAX Hotel, 5400 Century Blvd between 12:45pm – 5:00pm.
There will be two sessions each on Mathematics and Reading/Writing. Juniors and Seniors should reserve a seat by calling (866) 614-9847. Leave your Name, School, Grade, Contact Number and Email address.
This is a first come – first serve event, and seats are limited to 200 students.
We look forward to working with all students in helping them feel comfident about the SAT Examination.
The Education is a Civil Right Committee has initiated the Black Parent Union as stipulated in the Black Education is a Civil Right Agenda. We are actively recruiting parents, community members, activists, educators, clergy and others who are interested in taking a stand on issues that effect the education of Black children.
The LAUSD budget cuts to the AEMP (Academic English Mastery Program) and most recent “Public School Choice” Resolution that was sponsored by Board members Aguilar, Vladovic, & Garcia; adopted by a majority Board vote are causes for concern for members of the Black Parent Union. A “back to school” meeting will be held on September 12, 2009 @ 1:00pm to 3:00pm, to discuss the impact of these actions on our children’s educational civil rights. Board member Marguerite LaMotte, who cast the only dissenting vote on the resolution, will be our guest speaker. Please come join us as we galvanize to develop an action plan to ameliorate the negative impact of these Board policy actions on the educational outcomes of our Black children.
This very important meeting will be held at the field office of Board Member Marguerite LaMotte: 5315 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles CA. Among the specific topics to be dicussed are:
- Awareness of the recent Board decisions and their effect on African-American students.
- Awareness of the resulting effects of budget cuts/changes to the AEMP program.
- Learn how to effectively navigate the school system to better advocate for an equitable education for African-American children.
For additional information contact: Derotha Williams at:
The Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children (WRCEBC), in collaboration with the Council of Black Administrators (COBA), the Urban League, the NAACP, and the Education is A Civil Right Committee (ECRC) will host the 14th Annual Leadership Summit on Thursday, March 4 through Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Westin Hotel & Resorts, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90045. The theme of the 2010 Leadership Summit is:
Demanding Excellence for African American Children…
Through a Leadership Summit for Change:
“Implementing the Blueprint for Action – Phase XIII”
More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education equal educational opportunities are still denied. The object of this Summit is to produce a comprehensive, sustainable PLAN OF ACTION that all individuals, organization, and stakeholder groups will implement in their local schools, districts, states and nationally to prevent the calamity resulting from failing to educate Black youth.
Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, policymakers, members of the religious community, business leaders and support service providers will conduct workshops and engage in developing action plans for implementing the Blueprint for Action – Phase XIII, with particular emphasis on the conference theme.
Colleagues from the nine states of the Western Region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington) are teaming with us in planning and coordinating this event.
For additional information, please contact:
Chris L. Hickey, Sr.
Together, we will make a difference!
Hosted by the Los Angeles County Alliance of Black School Educators (LCABSE) & the California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA).
September 19, 2009
12155 El Oro Way, Granada Hills, CA. 91344
RSVP Requested (818) 368-8740
Inter-organizational Meeting- 1:00 p.m,; Luncheon – 3:00 p.m.; Program – 4:00 p.m
Purpose: To recongnize California African-American Leadership
To galvanize educational stakeholders to adopt “Initiative 2010″ action plan for
African-American students throughout California.
African-American Caucuses – UTLA, CTA, & NEA
AVAAS (Advocates of Valley African-American Students)
CAAASA (California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators
CABL (California Association of Black Lawyers)
CCBSM (California Coalition of Black School Board Members)
COBA (Council of Black Administrators – LAUSD)
ECRC (Education Is A Civil Right Committee and Black Parent Union)
LACABSE (Los Angeles County Alliance of Black School Educators)
Los Angeles Urban League
NAACP (Los Angeles Branch and Legal Defense Fund)
NABSE (National Alliance of Black School Educators) & California Local Affiliates
WRCEBC (Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children)
VAAS (Voices for African-American Students, Inc.)
Invited presenters include: Dr. George McKenna; LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte; Dr. Rudy Crew; Dr. Pamela Short-Powell; Assembly Speaker Karen Bass; Dr. Charlie Mae Knight; Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas – Los Angeles County Supervisor District 2; Dr. Shirley Thornton.
On August 20th, 2009 an impressive contingency of prominent African American leaders gathered at the field office of Los Angeles Unified School Board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte to discuss strategies to amend a board motion that would allow the district to “…invite operational and instructional plans from internal and external stakeholders, such as school planning teams, local communities, pilot school operators, labor partners, charter, and others who are interested in collaborating with the District or operating the District’s new schools, in an effort to create more schools of choice and educational options for District’s students and families…” Introduced by board member Yolie Flores Reyes-Aguilar, the “Public School Choice: A New Way for LAUSD” resolution will calls for the district’s Innovation and Charter Schools Division to carry out and implement the plan.
Included among the leaders in attendance were representatives from the Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children, Council of Black Administrators, National Alliance of Black School Administrators, NAACP, Voices for African American Students, Inc., Parent Revolution, and others.
The discussion primarily centered around objections to the resolution and support for amendments to the resolution. Among the stated objections are that the resolution does not: “…address how the identified newly-built or existing schools will improve student retention, graduation, and college-going rates; develop a reauthorization process for operators of newly-built and existing schools that is based on regular performance evaluations; specify that all plans “…must include attention to collective bargaining agreements; and, insure that the process establishes “…a more inclusive list of community partners.” Board Member LaMotte will be introducing amendments to the resolution on August 25th that addresses these concerns.
The group was adamant about the reality that for these amendments to be taken seriously by the School Board, there is a necessity that there are a large number of attendees at the board meeting showing support for the amendments.
The following notes from the NCEBC 2009 Convention are taken from the original daily conference newsletters edited by Gwendolyn J. Kelley.
OPENING DAY EVENTS:
Teachers, administrators, parents and community members convened at the Bethesda Marriott Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland in the Washington, D.C. area for NCEBC’s 23rd National Convention.
Beginning with a Call for Action, delegates gathered in the White Flint Amphitheater to hear details about the NCEBC Active Programs that are outgrowths of the organization’s work. National Board Members presented an overview of initiatives that attendees can support this year.
- National Literacy Center Partnerships – Currently Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi have programs.
- State Black Male Action Plans – Twenty-two states have activated plans.
- Parent University Curriculum – Modules include the role of parents and families in educations, the strengths of African American families and communities, a review of federal programs and training on how to organize for transformation.
- Blueprint for Action – This flagship document fuels 10 identified stakeholder groups to work on improving literacy, mentoring, data collection, parent empowerment, student voices, raising awareness to “build a coalition of the willing”, and bringing communities together to transform the educational system for African American children. Black males in particular.
- Research Coordinator – NCEBC houses data that reveals our needs to focus specific areas related to student achievement.
DAY TWO: MOVING THE AGENDA
Highlights for the day included dynamic speakers, a parent summit, 10 concurrent sessions over a wide choice of relevant topics, and work on State Black Male Action Plan (BMAP).
Dr. Eric Cooper and Dr. Yvette Jackson presented research, theory and practice based on high expectations for Black students. They included diverse strategies to build understanding about how to engage students with instruction based on cognitive development principles.
The keynote address by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Education Policy Chair of President Barack Obama’s Transition Team, highlighted alarming statistics, instructional inequalities, promising practices and key priorities that everyone can use to lobby legislators to help create excellent and equitable educational experiences for all students.
DAY THREE: A VISIT FROM THE WHITEHOUSE (Contributed by Chris L. Hickey, Sr.)
The highlight of the day was a visit by Arnie Duncan, The Unites States Secretary of Education for President Barack Obama.
The morning session began with a PowerPoint slide show on State Male Action Plan issues. The issues listed were:
- Low academic achievement on State Assessments
- Disproportionately in Special Education
- School expulsion and suspensions
- Low graduation rates
- Juvenile incarcerations
- Black Male homicides and suicides
The Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children has sent a delegation to the National Council on Educating Black Children’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C.
Representing the local group are two parents from LAUSD, the President of WRCEBC, a representative from the business community, and two National Board Members. This will also represent Western Regionals first use of Twitter to documents some of the event. Members of WRCEBC can follow Twitter posts at: http://twitter.com/wrcebc.
WRCEBC has also lauched this week a Wiki to assist in the project management of their own 2010 Annual Summit. The Wiki can be reached at: http://wrcebc.pbwiki.com.
Message from Our President
Mrs. Diana M. Daniels
It is an honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 23rd National Convention of the National Council on Educating Black Children. This year’s theme is Moving the Agenda: A Blueprint for Educating Black Male Students—Part III. Experience has shown us that education is the core of a person’s life. In addition, research shows there is a high correlation between the lack of education and incarceration. There is no doubt, we must focus on education! The question is how do we effectively educate African-American children in light of the dismal statistics hovering over our communities. It is here, at this convention, that research query is explored, and educational leadership and high performing models of success are showcased. NCEBC conventions are solution-based models in which Individual State Black Male Action Plans are developed, and state/regional structures are designed to implement the plans. This is a stakeholder approach, one that goes across racial and gender lines to unite for “change” for a better tomorrow.
We look forward to your participation!