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/

 

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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Boosting Creative Thinking in Math Class

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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

Training for California’s Version of the Affordable Healthcare Act

Posted by SPMG Media on June 27, 2013 under Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Leadership, National Policy, News | Be the First to Comment

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Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. is in training this week on California’s version of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Covered California. He is part of a team that will be training Community Outreach and Education groups throughout California.

Unlocking Patient Engagement through Innovation – Dr. Hickey at the Engage Conference in Washington, DC

Posted by SPMG Media on June 6, 2013 under Community Action, Education Leadership, Educational Technology, Leadership, National Policy, News, Research Corner | Be the First to Comment

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Day 2 of the Engage Conference: “Unlocking Patient Engagement through Innovation.” This morning’s Keynote is the Honorable Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman, 17th Congressional District of California. His topic is: “Mobile Health and What the Healthcare Industry Must Do to better serve Patients.”

According to an April 2012 Pew report, “… 88% of American adults age 18 and older have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.”

Update From Dr. HIckey at Datapalooza Conference

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Entrepreneurs and other innovators struggle to crack our 2.6 trillion dollar health care industry despite near universal agreement that quality and cost of our system lags significantly behind other countries. This panel of business, policy…, and technology experts described atypical market forces that constrained the investment and options for transforming America’s health care system. As a remedy, they shared how the enhanced data liquidity will power the informed-decision making and information technology-enabled business that bring disruption to the marketplace.

I feel that not only is this a significant issue in this county, it is of particular concern to me how underserved communities will remain relevant and involved  in the reshaping of the health information-sharing landscape”, said Dr. Hickey.
The panelists: Dick Foster, Dean, Datapalooza Business School; Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and, Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University. The facilitator was, Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. Attends Datapalooza Conference in Washington D.C in an Effort to Simplify the Affordable Care Act Through Upcoming Community Awareness Dialogues

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Los Angeles, CA – June, 2 2013 – This week Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. attends Datapalooza Conference in Washington DC. During his stay, he has schedule several meetings with key individuals at the Department of Health and Human Services and will gain greater insight into the multiple benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This information and the connections will serve Dr. Hickey’s upcoming Community Awareness Dialogues and simplify the understanding of the Affordable Care Act for underserved communities.

In preparation for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr., Executive Director of Each One-Teach One: Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success - an Educational and Community Awareness nonprofit – is gaining more insight into the multiple benefits of the Affordable Care Act, along with the importance of utilizing the collected health data.

Clearly, this is an important and relevant issue for our community. We must understand the value and requirements to conduct our own research on our community. We cannot rely on research conducted in other communities to be relevant to our particulars, nor should we rely on others to conduct adequate and relevant research for us. I hope to learn how others are benefiting from the use of “local health data” and construct ways to implement the same in our communities,” said Dr. Hickey.

The Health Data Consortium (HDC), the group organizing Health Datapalooza IV, encourages the creation of a health data “ecosystem” that promotes and accelerates the innovative use of health data. The Consortium is a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and use of health data to drive innovations that improve health and health care. The Consortium advocates data best practices and information sharing with data providers, and works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and academia to help them understand how to use data to develop new products, services, apps, and research insights.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010 and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Among the most sweeping reforms to the healthcare system in U.S. history, the ACA will increase access to healthcare for as many as 30 million Americans and eliminate insurers’ ability to deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Dr. Hickey is leading the charge in disseminating the Affordable Care Act through a series of upcoming Community Awareness Dialogues to be held throughout Southern California. These dialogues: Affordable Care Act: Its Implementation and Our Community, will include health experts and prominent community leaders and will cover key components, requirements, and opportunities, as well as provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members. To stay informed on these upcoming dialogues, forward your email to chickey@e1t1.org.

About Each One-Teach One: Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success

Each One-Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success is an organization that focuses its efforts on heightening community awareness of the importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth. Learn more at http://www.e1t1.org.

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ITSC is a national consulting firm that offers profit and non-profit organizations expert consulting and training services in a variety of technology related areas. Specializing in community education, consultancy and program planning and implementation for healthcare’s mandated EHR, they conduct nationwide workshops and seminars on how to create and design comprehensive strategic technology plans. Learn more at http://www.4itsc.com.

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Simple Tech Solutions for Creating Community on Campus

Posted by SPMG Media on May 21, 2013 under Educational Technology, News | Be the First to Comment

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“Simple Tech Solutions for Creating Community on Campus” by Courtney Buell first appeared on Edcetera

When students are involved in on-campus activities, they are more engaged in their lessons, they develop friendships that bolster them through their challenging courses, and they feel a sense of ownership over their school and the experiences they have there. Community colleges in particular struggle to help students feel included and involved in the campus community beyond attending classes. Without on-campus housing and big sports teams to bring students together, it’s not uncommon for them to feel isolated.

Chances are, your school is already creating clubs and hosting events on campus regularly, but getting the word out to the students that need to hear it might be a problem. This is where a few simple tech tools can really make a difference.

Social Media

If it hasn’t already, your school should establish a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Both are free, and students are already using them all the time. Have your department of student life manage the accounts, and encourage students to follow the pages when they enroll, then they can get their school news in the same place as their social news. Avoid over-posting though, or you run the risk seeming spammy and making students want to hit “unfollow.”

Badges

Foursquare and Mozilla both use badges for various education-related online and real-life accomplishments. Your school can use ready-made badges online, or create their own like Seton Hall University and award them for anything: visiting the library, attending an event, completing campus orientation, or even joining a club. Take it a step further by incentivizing your badge system with special invites to cookouts or movie screenings on campus.

Forums

Online forums are a fantastic place for like-minded people to ask questions and find new information about common interests. Many larger universities, like University of Iowa, have forums that are dedicated to discussions about their sports teams, but if your school doesn’t have a big team that doesn’t preclude it from creating a thriving forum for another topic. In fact, many of the sports forums end up hosting discussions about anything from books to video games – it all depends on what the participants decide to talk about and what strikes a chord. The result is an active online community, full of fun and interesting conversation that bleeds over into campus life. READ MORE

Black leaders seek a covenant between community and political candidates

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by Merdies Hayes (OurWeekly)

They cite pressing issues—jobs, housing, racial profiling—among African Americans

A panel of political, labor, educational and clergy leaders are demanding that elected officials establish and maintain a high level of accountability in providing services to and improving the standard of living in the African American community.

The Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA) convened a summit Monday morning at the African American Cultural Center in the Crenshaw District, specifying to liberal-democratic officeholders and candidates that the Black vote will no longer be automatic.

“We no longer can give our vote and not have accountability from our political leaders,” said the Rev. Eric Lee, president of the BCCLA. The group announced a Black Community Candidate Covenant to achieve policy and political goals that are mutually beneficial to the officeholder and their constituency. READ MORE

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

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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