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Tune in to Parent Talk Live on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm for my interview with Kimberly Hall, parent volunteer at John Hanson French Immersion School in Hillcrest Heights, has been named a semifinalist and will represent Prince George's County in the competition for the 2013 Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA). Five finalists and the statewide winner will be announced during a gala event on May 17 at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore The Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program is the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind – recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. Parents are nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact in their education communities.
The 2013 Parent Involvement Matters Award will be presented during an evening celebration on Friday, May 17. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 24 semifinalists, will be announced during the award ceremony to be held at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County.
The PIMA Program recognizes parents from local school systems across the State of Maryland, nominated for their contributions in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement: Communication; Volunteering; Learning; Decision Making; and Community Collaboration.
Join Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live as he dicusses what parents need to know about Common Core. His guest is Nita Rudy who is currently the Program Director for the national office of Parents for Public Schools.
The Mississippi Schoolhouse to Statehouse, an initiative to engage parents throughout Mississippi to provide high quality public education opportunities to all families is one of the several family and community engagement programs she supervisors. Nita wrote the curriculum and designed the training program used by the Ohio Department of Education to create authentic parent engagement in their priority schools as well as created the Family and Community curriculum the Mississippi School Board Association will use in their training of board members.
Join me on Sunday, May 13, 2013 from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm for my discussion about the validity of Year Round School Calendars and Traditional School Calendars and the impact if any on student achievement. School districts around the country have begun to re-examine the benefits and challenges of extending school days and the school year. In Washington DC, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and schools chancellor Kaya Henderson are considering expanding the school day and school year as an attempt to improve overall test scores and increase graduation rates. Currently the school week for students attending the District of Columbia Public Schools consist of 30 hours, which according to Mayor Gray is simply no longer enough time. Many champions of the extended school day and year believe adding more time will increase the ability of American students to compete with their global peers. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically.
However, there are those who do not support an extended school day or school and suggest there is little to no evidence that support an improvement in academic performance. “Opponents of extended school point out that states such as Minnesota and Massachusetts steadily shine on standardized achievement tests while preserving their summer break with a post-Labor Day school start” (Julie Carr Smyth (2013). Join me on Sunday, May 12, 2013 on Parent Talk Live, home of important educational discussions germane to parents and their communities. My guest will be Tina Bruno.
Tina Bruno is the executive director of the national advocacy organization, The Coalition for a Traditional School Calendar. Under her direction the cry of parents for a longer summer vacation has become a national issue and many states have enjoyed the passage of school start date legislation.
Tonight's show is an introduction to The Parent Thing. This will be a show that will discuss real topics such as "The School Bag Syndrome", "The School Exam/Project Window", Family Finances, "Maintaining a Career While Being a Parent" and give real advice about parenting. So log on and listen in. Let's Do The Parent Thing!!
Dr. Mike Robinson, begins the 5th season of Parent Talk Live with a special guest LT. General Russel L. Honoré.
LT General Russel L. Honore` US Army (Ret), was widely hailed by the media as the "Category 5 General" who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré is currently a Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness, and a CNN Preparedness Contributor.
Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live will discuss teacher attrition. Why are so many new teachers fleeing the profession after so few years in the classroom? What are the challenges and issues confronting teachers and driving many to leave the profession? In the cases, when teachers do not leave many indicate they are under intense stress ranging from demanding school districts to parents. Are our teachers under fire? If so, what support do they need to provide the quality instruc
Join host Dr. Mike Robinson for the 5th season of Parent Talk Live Sunday, August 19 at 8:00 PM. His guest will be Mr. Albert T. Lewis winner of the 2013 Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards for Best Teacher.
Mr. Albert T. Lewis is an eighth grade language arts teacher at Walker Mill Middle School located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was also named the 2013 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year.
Join Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live, Friday, May 24, 2013 for a discussion on the importance of summer reading with his guest, Victoria Baker, Director of Community and District-wide Partnerships Scholastic Classroom and Community Group.
In a 2009 government web cast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “devastating.” This is what researchers have often referred to as the “summer slide.” It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected (Cooper, 1996).
Researchers conclude that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years, with nearly one-third of the gap present when children begin school (Alexander, Entwistle & Olsen, 2007). The body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success. Summer learning research can be broadly categorized under the following themes:
The impact of summer learning loss on disadvantaged youth Access to books and time devoted to reading The importance of successful reading experiences The impact of innovative summer reading programs
Join Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm for Part 2 of his discussion on Teacher Attrition. Is the American teaching profession in trouble? Does the profession which serves as the gateway to nearly every occupation in the world garner the appropriate honor and importance in society today? How much of the challenges facing teachers are created by demand parents, increase student accountability and potentially poor working conditions? Tune in Sunday, April 21, 2013 for a very important discussion on why teachers are leaving the ranks of educators.
Dr. Robinson’s guest will be Gail P. Bingham. Ms. Bingham is a veteran teacher of more than 21 years and she is the author of a soon to be released book TEACHING Is The New Slavery. In her book, Ms. Bingham explores what she describes as a culture of persecution, retaliation, abuse, bullying and harassment as means to control teachers, which ultimately drives many teachers to leave the profession. Ms. Bingham suggests teacher attrition rates are to a large extent attributed to the "Pressures teachers face from administrators and other members of the community due to an expectation that teachers are solely responsible for student success and failure." She also believes the pressure and mistreatment experienced by teachers has led to tragic outcomes and simply quitting is the least of the effects on the lives of educators.
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