"TACSI Newsletter July 2012"
Successful students...healthy families...engaged communities July 2012 IN THIS ISSUE Happy July to all - Moving Up While some of you already know this: I wanted to make sure National Forum our CSC colleagues know that we have hired the new Vision 2020 Assistant Director/School Liaison for TACSI - Isaac Farley joined us last week and has hit the ground running. Our Story: Academy Central Looking Ahead Following a similar process as was used during the search Calendar for my position, Genie, Jan and I interviewed many candidates, narrowing the list down to six. Then, Principals Kayla Robinson and Tamra Bird, along with Community Contact Us School Coordinators Harriet Patterson and Sheri Wakefield, Kim Nave, Director interviewed the top six candidates. They narrowed the list to firstname.lastname@example.org three final candidates whom the Management Team interviewed two weeks ago. Isaac quickly rose to the top and Isaac Farley, Assistant Director email@example.com we are thrilled to welcome him to the TACSI family. Jordan Witt-Araya, Conexiones Among his skills and qualities, Isaac understands grassroots firstname.lastname@example.org community building and relationship building, and I feel confident that he will be an asset to the TACSI Susan Schelbar, Resource Specialist - email@example.com team. TACSI Resource Center While I can't yet say exactly what things will Community Service Council look like in the future, I feel extremely confident 16 East 16th Street, Suite 202 that we are rebuilding a TACSI team that can Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119 help us navigate and prosper in this new Phone: 918-585-5551 Website: www.tacsi.org phase. Best regards, Kim Nave, Director For more information about the national community schools movement, visit the Coalition for Community Schools website... www.communityschools.org. United Way Venture Grant Supports "Moving Up Week" at Union's 6th/7th Grade Center By Jordan Witt-Araya, TACSI Staff The Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative in collaboration with the Union 6th and 7th Grade Center is implementing a three day "Moving Up Week" day camp for incoming sixth graders. A total of 75 students have been selected for this opportunity-twenty five each from three elementary schools: Roy Clark, Rosa Parks and Briarglen. We are excited about how much these students will benefit from targeted, summer transition programming. Each day of camp will begin at 8am and end at noon. Buses will pick children up at their summer school bus stops and transport them to the 6th and 7TH Grade Center. Our three day program is designed to be fun and help the whole child as she or he makes the important transition to middle school. To this end, students will participate in workshops and listen to guest speakers who will help develop their time management, note taking, and stress reduction skills, and also inspire and inform them regarding the benefits and rewards of higher education. On Wednesday, August 1st families are invited to attend a free family dinner from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The dinner will be held outdoors in Central Park (located behind the 6th and 7th Grade Center). TACSI and UPS both believe that in order to ensure the academic success of our children, it is important to establish a strong relationship of trust and communication with both the students and their families. "Moving Up Week" signals a new chapter in TACSI's ever growing vision for programming that facilitates transitions and also meets the emotional and psychological needs of children and families. National Forum Happy July, readers! My name is Isaac Farley, the new Community Schools Liaison / Assistant Director at Tulsa Area Community Schools. I am in my second full week with TACSI and still in the process of meeting new, passionate folks, decoding acronyms, and taking copious notes. As an introduction, Genie and I thought it might be interesting for me to craft a short review of the National Forum Follow-up held on June 12, 2012 at OSU-Tulsa. Whether the microphone was in front of Jomari Gee, Alie McClellon, Navon Morgan, Bibiana Perez, Arturo Sanchez, Whitney Ulibarri, Mark Twain Elementary students who attended May's National Forum for Community Schools in San Francisco; or Dr. Keith Ballard, Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools; or principals, community partners, teachers, and coordinators from community schools in the Tulsa area, the enthusiasm for and commitment to community schools was palpable in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. Over 70 attendees heard speakers confirm that the community schools movement is alive and flourishing in Tulsa, San Francisco, and across the country. Speakers reminded us that "the work's never done;" "takes time;" and should be focused on "what we all can do together for our families." After all, "movements, when properly done, keep going." (Shown here in their presentation costumes are top row: Navon Morgan, Bibiana Perez, Arturo Sanchez, Whitney Ulibarri. Bottom row: Alie McClellan, Jamari Gee) A crescendo of applause filled the auditorium as Michelle Collum, former Principal at Burroughs Elementary, challenged the audience to "get to know our children" and think about our own mother's love when serving. Hands continued to clap and I was transformed back to Dr. Kathy Dodd's remarks from earlier in the afternoon: "community schools give us a way to harness and capitalize on all the energy in the community." For me, today was an excellent introduction to TACSI's energy. Linkages: Vision 2020 Workshop (This is the second in a series of regular columns from contributing writers.) Submitted by Paige Whalen ~ Quality Enhancement Initiative Coordinator, Child Care Resource Center Vision 2020 was a week-long statewide conference hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, June 11-15, 2012. The conference, held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, kicked off with a Parent Power Night which included informational and interactive workshops on topics ranging from college planning, understanding the cyber world as it relates to children, wellness and drug abuse, to becoming involved in your child's education. The five days focused on professional development and training for a range of school personnel. Workshops were available for classroom teachers, counselors, librarians, technology instructors, central office personnel, principals, school board members, district superintendents, and others. Due to the success of Tulsa's first Early Childhood Principals Leadership Institute held in July of 2010, Erin Nation, Director of Early Childhood and Family Education in the Office of Instruction at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, invited members of Tulsa's planning committee to co-present with her regarding early childhood content presented during the 2010 institute. Erin Nation opened with a perspective of Pre-K in Oklahoma titled "Are We there Yet?" which focused on school readiness from the school and child's perspective, and misconceptions about "readiness" that she has come across in the field. She presented current research from the Department of Human Services about Oklahoma's children and their readiness indicators measured by county. In conclusion, she shared concerns, observations and questions she has encountered from families, teachers, principals and superintendents concerning topics such as potty training, retention and promotion, behavior issues, expulsion, nap time, and nutrition, to name a few. Lesley Gudgel, Early Childhood Senior Planner with Community Service Council and myself, both of JumpStart Tulsa, followed with a "now what" and "how to" segment entitled "Ready or Not, Here They Are!" which was also the title of our presentation at Tulsa's Early Childhood Principal's Institute two day training. The focus was on what principals need to know to support children, families and early childhood teachers to ensure a successful year for the entire school community. Topics covered addressed appropriate developmental expectations, chronological age versus developmental age and temperament. Additionally, during the session the videos, Invest in the First Five Years & You Change Everything (The Ounce of Prevention, 2009); The Still Face Experiment:Dr. Edward Tronick (Zero to Three, 2007); & Join the Play Revolution (Peek-a-BooBeansCanada, 2012) were presented to emphasize the importance of relationships and experiences before children enter school as well as during their school years. The principals and administrators in attendance were very knowledgeable about their schools and the children and families that attend. All participants were engaged, asked great questions and seemed genuinely interested in talking about new information learned and how they could take it back to their schools. Our Story: Academy Central Elementary Submitted by Patricia Whitfield ~ Staff Development Coordinator, Academy Central Elementary School OCCT results from the 2010-2011 school year revealed that Academy Central raised its score from 416 to 826. Value-added results from Battelle for Kids reflected similar results - that of students doubling their growth under the tutelage of AC teachers. Why? Teachers attribute the gain to several factors: Focus on Results was hired by Tulsa Public Schools to serve as a turn-around agent for six elementary schools and two middle schools during the 2010-2011 school year. Focus on Results helped Academy Central identify a central instructional focus supported by three key instructional strategies along with creating an Instructional Leadership Team headed by the principal. The Principal and the ILT conducted PLCs and professional development that prepared teachers to develop and present instruction to students that incorporated the instructional focus and the instructional strategies with fidelity. Everyone within the AC community was introduced to the instructional strategies and focus. There are signs and posters throughout the school, in classrooms and in hallways so the focus is visible. All communications include instructional focus so that parents and the community are continually reminded of the instructional focus. During testing students were reminded to use the strategies. AC teachers believe that UNRAAVEL, a testing strategy for reading and math comprehension was the most effective strategy that students used during the test. Looking Ahead AEP Foundation Presents... Schools Uniting Communities Institute Thursday, July 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at OSU Tulsa FREE and Open to the Public Featuring Dr. Pedro Noguera, New York University - One of the country's most important voices in education today. Click here to read more about Dr. Noguera Click here to register Calendar Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 TACSI Summer Programming at Gilcrease, Celia Clinton, Eugene Field, McAuliffe and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools for grades K-3. For more information contact Maggie Larkin at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, July 9 3:30pm Middle School Exploration Committee at CSC. For more information contact Jan Creveling at email@example.com Friday, July 13 10:00am Oklahoma Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act presented by the Oklahoma Policy Institute at CSC. For more information contact Chanel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20 TACSI Summer Programming at Gilcrease, Celia Clinton, Eugene Field, McAuliffe and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools for grades 4-6. For more information contact Maggie Larkin at email@example.com Thursday, July 19 9:00am TSET School Sub Committee meeting at the HealthZone Tuesday, July 24 9:00am Tulsa City Council's Education Summit at City Hall Thursday, July 26 8:00am - 3:00pm Schools Uniting Communities presented by AEP Foundation. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Pedro Noguera of New York University. This forum will provide opportunities to learn how community schools can make a difference in building success for every child. FREE & open to the public at OSU- Tulsa. To register: www.tulsaschools.org/communityschools For more information contact Diane Hensley, TPS Director of Community Schools, (918) 746-6142 Key - who should attend: (A) Anyone may attend (S) Steering Committee (M) Management Team (P) Principals from both districts (U) Union Principals and Coordinators only (UC) Union Coordinators (T) Tulsa Principals and Coordinators only (TC) Tulsa Coordinators (C) Community School Coordinators only (R) TACSI Resource Center staff only CSC Community Service Council -- 1604 S. Baltimore Disclaimer Links to non-federal and federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. 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