Title

F.I.T.N.S. Five Guiding Principles for Serving and Teaching At Risk Children (All Ages)

Location

Harborside Center East and West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

This presentation will link and assist organizations and individuals in producing positive outcomes for their students and or clients in the following two strands. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT & LEADERSHIP MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH

Brief Program Description

This presentation will enable leaders and practitioners from all backgrounds including schools, churches and non profits that work with children to incorporate five guiding principles into the programs that these organizations use to facilitate and respond to the needs of At Risk children.

This presentation will lead each participant or team of participants on a journey that allows them to build a framework for their own organization that will ensure 5 basic principles for serving and teaching at risk children. The principles are transferable to any organization including schools, group homes and non-profits that serve at risk children.

Summary

This presentation will lead each participant or team of participants on a journey that allows them to build a framework for their organization that will ensure 5 basic constructs for serving and teaching at risk children. The principles are transferable to any organization including schools, group homes and non-profits that serve at risk children. The Five Guiding Principles for Serving and Teaching At Risk Children can be explained through the acronym F.I.T.N.S. (fitness) stands for Fit, Involved, Taught with rigor, Nurtured and Secure. F.I.T.N.S. works to ensure that students are fit mentally, emotionally and physically. It develops best practices that ensure that students are involved in activities that allow them to grow as citizens and as well rounded diverse productive members of our society. F.I.T.N.S. further works to ensure that students are taught with rigor in all fields of endeavor. This instruction can be formal in a classroom setting or informal within organizations or the culture at large. Additionally F.I.T.N.S. works to ensure that students are nurtured by being mentored, encouraged positively and informed but negative consequences. Finally F.I.T.N.S. works to ensure that students are secure from emotional and physical abuse and that the students have a network of safe harbor resources. Participants will talk in small and whole groups about the following concepts. F.I.T.N.S. (FITNESS) ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ARE FIT. ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED. ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT WITH RIGOR. ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ARE NURTURED. ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ARE SECURE.

Evidence

These five principles have been responsible for over ten years of demonstrated academic success at the elementary, secondary and basic adult education levels. The best practices have been developed through years of practical experiences and researched based methods through training with Outward Bound A.S.C.D. Marzano PLC New Leaders Peabody Institute at Vanderbilt University C.Q.I. Continuous Quality Improvement Expeditionary Learning American Social History Project Middle College Consortium Tennessee Corrections Academy C.O.A. Council On Accreditation ASSIST Suicide Prevention

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Van Snyder has been an educator for the past twenty years. He is a 1987 graduate of Memphis Melrose High School. Van started his career as a classroom teacher in the Memphis City School System in 1994. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in 1992 and continued his educational pursuits by completing the graduate level master program in teaching at the University of Memphis in 1994. Both of his parents Thurmond and Myra were college instructors.

His career as an educator has been highlighted through his work with an urban student base. His outstanding teaching career earned him national recognition with the Middle College Consortium based in New York City, New York. The Expeditionary Outward Bound organization recognized his teaching gifts and asked him to present to teachers from around the nation. Van moved in his dedication to education from the classroom to administration by serving as an assistant principal, program coordinator, and school principal. He has earned certification as a school principal in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas.

He currently works as an education administrator with the Tennessee Department of Children Services. Through tutoring mentoring and professional development his work with his non-profit organization the 4U Foundation has facilitated many educators in attaining their personal and organizational goals. A long time principal and mentor described him as “a rising star in the field of education”.

Keyword Descriptors

Fit, Involved, Teaching, Nurture, Secure, Rigor, Safe, School, Continuous Improvement, Professional Development

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 5:30 PM

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F.I.T.N.S. Five Guiding Principles for Serving and Teaching At Risk Children (All Ages)

Harborside Center East and West

This presentation will enable leaders and practitioners from all backgrounds including schools, churches and non profits that work with children to incorporate five guiding principles into the programs that these organizations use to facilitate and respond to the needs of At Risk children.

This presentation will lead each participant or team of participants on a journey that allows them to build a framework for their own organization that will ensure 5 basic principles for serving and teaching at risk children. The principles are transferable to any organization including schools, group homes and non-profits that serve at risk children.