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 The Wooten Center ( 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 ( 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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Boosting Creative Thinking in Math Class

Posted by SPMG Media on July 16, 2013 under Educational Technology, Leadership, Mentoring Youth, Multiple Pathways to Education | Be the First to Comment


Math gets creative in 4th grade teacher Lana Gundy’s class when she asks her students write their own brain-teaser math problems. (via Education Week Teacher).

I’ll admit it: I was skeptical of how “creative-thinking” strategies in math would go over with my 4th grade enrichment students. I see these students just once a week in pull-out groups, so every lesson counts. And I was nervous that this one might be a complete disaster.

My students usually solve math problems to practice a specific skill. Then we discuss the different ways they approached the problem, helping them understand the skill more deeply. This lesson, however, called for the students to write their own math problems. How would my students react when I put them in charge of their own learning?

I knew that, if it was successful, this lesson would get right to the heart of Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard #3, helping my students learn to “construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.”  READ MORE

Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell’s ‘Christmas in July’ Event a Huge Success!

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Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell (54th Assembly District) hosted another fabulous Christmas in July, Saturday, July 13th at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area . Throngs of families enjoyed fabulous food, fun, music, face painting, and other activities during the exciting event. Several vendors were on hand sharing valuable information from education to healthcare with the inspired families. Thank you Assemblymember Mitchell for caring and Leadership. The 54th Assembly District includes the Los Angeles communities of Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw District, Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Leimert Park, Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights, Little Ethiopia and portions of Koreatown, the Fairfax district and South Los Angeles.

Fatherless Sons & Daughters: When absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder

Posted by SPMG Media on May 21, 2013 under Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Leadership, Mentoring Youth, Parent Involvement | Be the First to Comment


Wednesday night’s show on Hot Topics Talk Radio with host Toni Breedlove featuring special guest Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr., Executive Director at Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success in Inglewood, Ca. proved to be well worth the wait for those of us in the Eastern and Central Time Zones of the country. An eclectic mixture of simmering anger, resentment and hope all found their way into the conversation pot producing in some instances relief for those seeking a bowl of venting soup or a forum for those raising their hands with possible ingredients for remedy, but without a doubt a gumbo of genuine concern and compassion for those touched by this epidemic. Surprisingly and certainly cutting against the grain of resigned to notions which stereotype men as the problem in this crisis, Mona Lishey, one of the show’s co-host raised the specter that perhaps some responsibility for the absence of fathers be attributed also to women. A notion I might add, Dr. Hickey as well as other males present agreed with, albeit with nervous trepidation.  READ MORE

Dr. Hickey Featured in Recent Article: Father to the Fatherless: How one man’s dedication is making a difference

Posted by SPMG Media on May 17, 2013 under Community Action, Education Leadership, Leadership, Mentoring Youth, News | Be the First to Comment

Chris L. Hickey, Sr. Ph.D.

Dr. Hickey was featured in an article by Jay Arrington of the Maryland Daily Examiner , discussing  Hot Topics Radio show with host Toni Breedlove and the topic: ‘Fatherless Sons and Daughters: Healing the Gap. The episode, inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s recent series, “Life Class – Fatherless Sons”, featured Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr., Executive Director at Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success in Inglewood, California, as special guest. The show emphasized the impact of fatherlessness in the lives of children, the impact on the child and society at large, and techniques to move both child and father towards healing. READ MORE .  Listen to the episode here – CLICK HERE

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. Attends the 5th Annual Black Male Think Tank

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Dr. Hickey (pictured here with Tyrone Howard, Executive Director, UCLA Black Male Institute) recently attended the 5th Annual Black Male Think Tank, hosted by the Los Angeles Urban League, UCLA Black Male Institute and the California Community Foundation, Thursday, May 9, 2013.

The theme of this years’ event was ‘Solutions Not Suspensions’. This event was billed as a collaborative effort to promote positive behavioral interventions and supports. The goal of this event was to:

  • Highlight best practices, programs and policies that reduce punitive school discipline practices and policies
  • To facilitate dialogue and collaboration across various sectors in order to accelerate efforts that reduce school discipline
  • To establish ongoing collaborative connections between multiple sectors to reduce school discipline.


100 Black Men of Los Angeles Host ‘It Takes A Village: Single Mothers Raising Their Black Sons

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Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr., Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, participated on the panel, ‘It Takes A Village”: Single Mothers Raising Their Black Sons. This powerful event was held Saturday, May 4, 2013, at USC Marshall School of Business, Hoffman Hall, Edison Auditorium. Dr. Sharoni Little, Educator and Author, moderated this event. Other panelists included Ms. Beneca Ward, TV Executive, Author and Entrepreneur; Mr. John Nelson, Psychotherapist ; Ms. Nefertiti Austin, Author and Adjunct College Professor.
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Dr. Hickey visits with Author and Speaker Fluke Fluker, founder of The Village Nation. Mr. Fluker participated in the event, addressing the young men.

Dr. Hickey Presents at Success 4U Foundation’s Teen Leadership Program

Posted by SPMG Media on May 16, 2013 under Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Mentoring Youth | Be the First to Comment

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Success 4U Foundation’s Teen Leadership Program is a 16-week program designed to provide preparation, inspiration, nurturing and activities to empower girls (ages 13) from low-income families through group mentoring, life skills training, leadership training and family enrichment activities for them to be successful in their high school and college education.  Success 4U Foundation, 31566 Railroad Canyon Rd., Suite 652, Canyon Lake, CA 92587. Phone: (951) 221-3000. Learn more at Email:

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Our Role in Community Leadership Development

Posted by SPMG Media on April 2, 2013 under Community Action, Leadership, Mentoring Youth | Be the First to Comment


On Saturday, March 23rd I had the enthralling experience of doing my doctoral oral presentation in the presence of my family and close friends. Subsequently, I earned my Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. My dissertation topic was titled, “The Phenomenal Characteristics of the Son-Father Relationship Experience” where I asked the central question, “How is leadership development influenced by the emotional characteristics of the son-father relationship experience?” My enthusiasm for conducting this research revolved around my assertion of its applicability to youth leadership development programs, with respect to the potential to add an emphasis on Leadership values and practices that cultivate healthy sustainable relationships; consistent with responsible and effective parent involvement and planning; family leadership; and, community support.

While my research resulted in the acknowledgment of an anecdotal connection between how young men are (or should be) affected by the leadership qualities of their fathers, very little was specifically articulated about how the participants of my research felt their own leadership development was influenced by the relationship experience, particularly juxtaposed to the amount of attention the participants spent on describing their feelings and emotions about their son-father relationship experience. Clearly, the articulation of feelings and emotions on the topic is not only significant, but also provides a platform for further study and consideration. However, having had a brief time now to reflect on the implications of my research (without the pressure of having to prove my scholarship to my approving panel); I am particularly interested in the youth leadership development questions discussed with my participants. Moreover, I now find the requisite to continue my interest in Leadership development opportunities that facilitate the acquirement of values and practices that cultivate sustainable relationships and facilitates family and community uplifting.

I remain committed to my research on the connection between the son-father relationship experience and how men and boys articulate how it affects leadership development. However, I am now equally committed to understanding how those of us (men and women) who are credited as Community Leaders influence and affect Leadership development in the youth that reside in our community. With respect to this broader objective, I am asking of myself and other purported Community Leaders to begin reflecting on the specific values and practices we engage in that can be considered as directly influencing the development of Leadership in our youth. During our daily interactions with each other (and possible adversaries we seek to influence), what sort of Leadership example are we setting for the youth we advocate for? How are we involving youth in our advocacy? What are we learning from our direct relationship with them? Do we allow our youth a voice? Do we accept viable diverse positions from our youth, even if they differ from our own? I suggest that it is not enough to change to the social, education and financial condition of those we represent and advocate for, but moreover, the true and sustainable quality of our Leadership is found in how we affect observable and direct change in those we purport to lead.

In their text Youth Leadership: A guide to understanding leadership development in adolescents, Linden and Fertman suggest, “Leadership development emphasizes adults’ interaction with teenagers. Instead of fulfilling their traditional roles, counselors, employers, youth workers, principles, and teachers serve as facilitators and help adolescents augment their leadership knowledge, attitudes, communication, decision-making, and stress-management skills (p. 178). As Community Leaders, we are no less responsible for the development of such leadership skills in the youth that will be expected to take our place and assume various Leadership roles in our community. What is your commitment to Youth Leadership Development?

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. is the Founder and Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, an organization that focuses on efforts to heighten community awareness of the overwhelming importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth. He also serves as the Director of Instructional Technology Systems Consultancy, a firm that provides full service technology consulting, planning and implementation for hospitals; medical clinics; public, charter and private schools; and, other instructional settings.




Posted by WRCEBC on October 1, 2009 under Academic Achievement Gap, Achievement Gap Events, Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Leadership, Mentoring Youth, News, Parent Involvement | Be the First to Comment

Students register for workshop

Students register for workshop

Over 400 Los Angeles area high school juniors and seniors attended a FREE SAT PRE WORKSHOP on September 27, 2009, sponsored by the Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children (WRCEBC), in conjunction with Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success. WRCEBC 2010 Leadership Conference Co-Chair Tanynya Hekymara said the idea for the free seminar grew from a desire to make sure that SAT preparation resources were directed toward African-American kids, resources that privileged kids at private schools, for example, take for granted.

Students concentrate on lesson

Students concentrate on lesson

Event Organizer Chris L.  Hickey, Sr.,  Executive Director of Each One – Teach One, said the original goal was to offer SAT Math and Writing workshops to only 200 students, taught by volunteers including instructors from The Princeton Review and from the prestigious West Los Angeles Windward School.  But those 200 slots were filled just two days after the seminar was announced.  Community interest drove the organizers to double the size of the seminar.

Instructor reviews material
Instructor reviews material

Penny Sommers, Senior Educational Manager with College Board, also made presentations to the students, and later said she was glad that so many kids took advantage of the wonderful opportunity.

 Another SAT preparation seminar is being planned for November.  For information and to reserve a spot, email: