Title

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

Location

Plimsoll

Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Safety & Violence Prevention

Relevance

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative program focusing on education and safety in our children’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures for a two-fold purpose: (1) to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their very presence that education is important, and (2) to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles are asked to spend at least one day at their student’s school volunteering. They will support the school through monitoring the school property, working one-on-one or in small groups, reading, flashcards, homework, sports referees, listening ears, or for whatever needs to be done to plant seeds of success in the lives of the students.

Brief Program Description

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® is an innovative program focusing on education and safety in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive fathering presence, and a positive and active role-model for students. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles are asked to spend at least one day volunteering.

Summary

Learning Objectives of Sessions: ("At the end of this session, participants will be able to ...")

  1. Walk away with the 7 Steps to Success for launching the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program in their school(s)
  2. Understand the team structure that will commit to the development of the program
  3. Catch the vision for the value of the program in regards to education and safety within our schools.

Evidence

Skills or insights the audience will develop by attending this session:

1. An overview of the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program including its inception and growth.

2. The importance of having Dads highly involved in the education process.

3. How a school can “plug in” to a one-of-a-kind school based father involvement program that works.

16 years of developing this program has proven that many Dads need an onramp to simply get started.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Eric Snow is the Executive Director of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students), a father engagement and educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.

In 1998, Eric and WATCH D.O.G.S. founder Jim Moore developed a program that was designed to encourage fathers and father figures to be more involved in the educational process at their kids’ school. With the goals of enhancing school safety and providing positive male role models, the first WATCH D.O.G.S. program was born. Eric was instrumental in helping Jim realize his vision for WATCH D.O.G.S. and is credited with giving the program its name. Eric served on the Board of Directors for WATCH D.O.G.S. for more than 5 years.

Since joining the National Center for Fathering in 2008 Eric has criss crossed the country, speaking at hundreds of educational conferences in order to train parents and educators how to implement the WATCH D.O.G.S. program in their schools.

In June 2012 Eric was appointed to a two year term on the Board of Directors for National PTA.

Before joining the National Center for Fathering, Eric was the President and owner of New South Directory Company, Inc. Prior to that, Eric was the Vice President of Operations for K.W Brock Directories Inc.

Eric attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas where he majored in Political Science.

Eric and his wife Valerie were married in 1982 and they have two children.

Keyword Descriptors

Father Involvement, Postive Male Role Models, Male Volunteers, Enhancing School Security, Reduce bullying

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-7-2016 10:30 AM

End Date

3-7-2016 11:45 AM

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WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

Plimsoll

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® is an innovative program focusing on education and safety in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive fathering presence, and a positive and active role-model for students. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles are asked to spend at least one day volunteering.