Below is a shortened version (you know I would never do a presentation without icebreakers, but I didn’t want to spoil it for any potential participants!) of a presentation I am giving at the National Partnership for Educational Access Conference on April 17, 2015. Hope you’ll join me in Philadelphia and see what it looks like live and with tons of activities!
Stemming the Slide: How Summer Presents Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Underrepresented Students14 Apr
Do you run a high-quality summer learning program that should be recognized nationally?
The National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Excellence in Summer Learning Award and the new Founder’s Award recognize summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people.
Just by submitting an application for one of these awards, your program will receive a feedback summary from NSLA outlining its strengths and areas for improvement. There is no cost to apply.
Award winners and finalists receive even more detailed feedback, similar to having a full CASP (Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs) assessment and a consultation phone call with the NSLA Program Quality Team.
As a Summer Learning Excellence Award Winner, your program will receive:
- Visibility at NSLA’s Summer Changes Everything™ national conference through general sessions presentations, and other speaking opportunities.
- National exposure through a NSLA press release during the busy summer media season.
- Peer learning opportunities through NSLA’s new affinity group structure.
Your program may even be featured in a future case study in NSLA presentations, publications, or reports that are widely distributed throughout the education field and staged on summerlearning.org.
The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Visit summerlearning.org/SummerExcellence to learn more and apply today!
The following interview is quoted in its entirety from the most recent Summer Times: Your Resource for Making the Most of Summer (a publication by the National Summer Learning Association). But first, learn a little bit more about Wes Moore.
About Wes Moore:
Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.
After his studies, Moore, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Moore then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice.
He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Here’s the Interview:
NSLA asked Summer Changes Everything™ conference keynote speaker, Wes Moore about his summers, and why he feels summer is such a pivotal time for all youth. Check out his Q&A below:
Q: How did you spend your summers as a child?
A: When I was younger, my family never really did much over the the summer. We didn’t go on vacation or go to summer camps. We mostly just hung around the neighborhood. My mother was really creative and tried to use the resources of the neighborhood to keep us busy, but most my time was spent hanging with my friends in our neighborhood.
Q: Why do you feel summer learning is so important?
A: What happens over the summer or what doesn’t happen over the summer is putting us at a crucial disadvantage. Learning doesn’t stop over the summer. Students are still picking up information. The question becomes who are they picking up information from? Teachers and role models or friends on the street?
Q: How do we overcome the negative attitudes/perceptions about summer learning and what most think of as remedial summer school?
A: Learning should never have a negative stereotype and there is never a bad time to learn. In fact, some of our most privileged students spend their summers traveling and visiting other countries and sharing new experiences. This is certainly a type of learning, and it does not have a negative stereotype. We want to make sure that all students can realize learning over the summer doesn’t necessarily happen in a classroom, but academic experiences can be fun at any time.
Q: Tell us how summer learning providers are using your book, The Other Wes Moore in their programs?
We’re been fortunate enough to have our book used in a variety of learning environments. We’ve actually had many schools use it for summer reading to prepare for the upcoming year.
About the National Summer Learning Association:
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works, offers expertise and support for programs and communities, and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education. NSLA’s work is driven by the belief that all children and youth deserve high-quality summer learning experiences that will help them succeed in college, career, and life. For more information, visit www.summerlearning.org.
Today I had the great pleasure of attending and presenting at the 14th annual School’s Out Washington Bridge Conference. The people I met were passionate about working with young people and were engaged in every presentation.
About the Conference: The Bridge Conference brings together education and community leaders serving youth both in and out of school to come together to strengthen these partnerships between our formal education system and after-school and youth development (AYD) programs. This year’s conference theme was Making Learning Personal and emphasized how meaningful learning is ignited by personal passion, supports social-emotional learning all the while building competency in academics. We hope for a world in which all youth are accessing quality services both in and out of school that help them succeed in school and in life.
I had such a fun time live tweeting the plenary sessions and my two workshops. Below is the social media roundup of Day 2 of the conference.
Today I presented the 2014 update to my original Personal Branding 101 workshop. The interactive workshop is set for two hours and involves participants completing a workbook filled with materials and additional resources about branding tailored specifically for the audience. If you’re interested in bringing this to your conference, organization, or AmeriCorps program, contact me!
Follow along with the hashtag #PAMDbrand
Thinking a lot about how to use instagram to build my personal brand, this post is great!
Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Some of you may not use Instagram as actively as others, but even if you’re not an addict of the app, it might offer a new outlet to build your blog and personal brand. After all, your blog is just one aspect of you — if you’re on Instagram, perhaps you can find ways to bridge these two networks and grow your online presence.
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Try to practice yoga regularly (defined as twice a week)
Start a new book every time I finish one
Visit the Grand Canyon
Hike! (once a month, when the weather is nice)
Visit Colorado to do Colorado-y things
Actually fix that knee and run a half marathon
Say yes to everything for a day and maybe say yes to doing it again
Work no more than 40 hours a week
Try to transition to working one day at home a week
Visit with Mom & Dad once a month
Go to Tibet
Drive Across the Country
Ride an Elephant
Visit San Francisco
Be in the audience of The Price is Right
Reach my ideal weight without sacrificing my love for food
Swim with a whale
Swim with a manatee
Swim with a sea lion
Climb a legit mountain
Ride in a hot air balloon
See the Northern Lights
Hike the Appalachian Trail
Go on a meditation vacation… and figure out fully what that means
Try the sensory deprivation chamber
Audition for community theater
Hike the Inca Trail and Visit Machu Picchu
Take Andy to the number one place he wants to go and create the perfect vacation for him and don’t complain once
Climb a tree
Stay somewhere other than Baltimore for a few months
Visit Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos once that area gets it together
Buy a new car
Spend New Year with no one but Andy in a foreign place
Try skiing (and don’t get hurt!)
Live in a place where I can plant things in the ground
See the Great Wall of China
See a salt flat
Float in the dead sea
Go in a natural hot spring
Go somewhere cold during winter
Go somewhere warm during winter
Take a vacation with my family and Andy’s family
Join a CSA (even a half!)
Unplug for 24 hours
Unplug for 48 hours
Unplug for 1 week
(to be continued)