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Thursday
Jan102013

Check out the January issue of Parent Power, a newsletter created for the parents and care-givers of EBR students, published by East Baton Rouge School System.

 

Parent Power January 2013

 

 

 

Tuesday
Dec042012

Check out the December issue of Parent Power, a newsletter created for the parents and care-givers of EBR students, published by East Baton Rouge School System.

Parent Power December 2012

 

 

 

Thursday
Oct182012

Public Private Partnerships in Early Childhood Education

    

 

Creating Sustainable Public Private Partnerships to Improve Outcomes for Young Children--a National Perspective

 

BATON ROUGE – Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) is hosting a forum on public private partnerships in early childhood education on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave. The keynote address will be presented by Karen W. Ponder, an early childhood consultant and the former President and CEO of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. She helped to create Smart Start and administered it at the state level for almost 15 years.  During her presidency, Smart Start's Technical Assistance Center was created to support other states in developing early childhood efforts.

The event is free and open to the public.

ADF is a major collaborator among schools, businesses, and the community and acts as a catalyst for private sector leadership in advancing public education in East Baton Rouge Public School System (EBRPSS). The program check-in is from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. and the presentation will be from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended.

Ms. Ponder’s presentation, “Creating Sustainable Public Private Partnerships to Improve Outcomes for Young Children--a National Perspective" will focus on the goals and value of public-private partnerships.

 

Act 3 will be discussed, as well as answers to the following questions:

 

What are the critical factors that affect the success or failure of statewide partnerships?

Do partnerships make a difference in early childhood education?

What can business do to "move" the needle?  How and Why?

Are public private partnerships the answer to "kick start" early childhood education?

 

Also participating in the program are three local professionals who have had extensive experience in developing and sustaining public/private partnerships on the local and state level.  The panelists for the November 13 forum are:   Stephanie Cargile, Public and Government Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil; Ernie Hughes, Ph.D., System Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Southern University, and Executive Director of the Southern University System Foundation; and Brigitte Nieland, Vice President of Workforce Development & Research and Director of the Education and Workforce Development Council, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

  Karen W. Ponder's Power Point Presentation

Highlights of Presentation, Interviews with Participants

Watch Karen W. Ponder's Presentation here:

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

 


Thursday
Oct182012

Infusing the Arts in Early Childhood 

BATON ROUGE – Master Teaching Artist for Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, Rachel Knudson, spoke to the Baton Rouge community at a Distinguished Speaker Series session hosted by Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette Street.  Check out The Advocate’s article on the presentation here: http://theadvocate.com/home/4100330-125/story.html.

With a master’s degree in Dance Education from George Washington University and a Maryland Educator Certificate, Dance PreK-12, Knudson has taught and performed in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years. Knudson also teaches creative dance at the Jewish Community Center and Black Rock Center for the Arts.

Knudson danced professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and studied modern dance at Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival. She also attended the Teacher’s Institute at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. She also develops and leads workshops for early childhood educators that provide creative strategies for integrating movement/dance with early childhood curriculum domains. She conducts residences in the early childhood classroom that foster collaboration between teacher and artist in the planning and implementation of arts-based learning techniques to foster creativity, critical thinking and emergent literacy skills. It is important to expose children to the arts at every age but in particular children should be exposed at a young age. ADF Executive Director Martis Jones, PhD. states, “Research shows that consistent relevant exposure to the arts in the early years improves language arts and reading achievement in pre-K and first and second grades.” Ms. Knudson will offer creative ways to make the arts fun and interesting for children of a young age.

A special performance was given by the Kids’ Orchestra of Baton Rouge. Kids’ Orchestra is a year-round after-school program dedicated to bringing music education to K-5 students in Baton Rouge, fostering collaboration, and encouraging personal and community development.

Handout from Wolftrap Institute

Interviews of Participants

Watch Rachel Knudson and Akua Kouyate's Presentation here:

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

 

 

 

Monday
Jul302012

Children Who See Too Much

Exposure to Violence in Early Childhood: Risk, Resilience and Opportunities for Intervention

BATON ROUGE – Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW, a licensed social worker and founding director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, will speak to the Baton Rouge community at a Distinguished Speaker Series session hosted by Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Avenue, in Baton Rouge. The event is free and open to the public.

ADF is a major collaborator among schools, businesses, and the community and acts as a catalyst for private sector leadership in advancing public education in East Baton Rouge Public School System (EBRPSS). Program check-in is from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the presentation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended.

Author of Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project (2002), Groves’ practice and research interests focus on the impact of community and family violence on young children, and on engaging community systems in identifying and responding to children who are affected by violence in their environments.

“The needs of young children who are exposed to violence, or other kinds of trauma, are often overlooked because of the belief that they are too young to understand or be affected,” Groves says. Her presentation will review the research on early childhood trauma, discuss lessons learned about resilience and coping, and explain individual and collective strategies for professionals and community residents to support young children and their families affected by violence.

In addition to her work at Boston Medical Center, Groves holds appointments as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Lecturer at Harvard University, and serves on both the National Advisory Commission for the Office of Violence Against Women and the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She has also served in various advisory and consultative capacities for the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Additionally, Groves has published extensively on topics related to childhood trauma and intervention.

 Betsy McAlister Groves' Power Point Presentation

Take-Home Tips for Parents

The Advocate article

If you would like to purchase a copy of Ms. Groves' book, Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project, please email us at info@adfbr.org

 

 

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