First Presenter's Institution

NA

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Savannah

Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

This presentation proposal discusses how educators, family and community members alike can work together to address issues related to street culture vs. classroom culture and how such a collaboration can improve the educational success of our kids on the street.

Brief Program Description

Existing within every society are various cultures and sub-cultures. This presentation examines the results when the classroom culture comes in to contact with the street culture. We will review existing practices designed to address these educational issues both in and out of the classroom and what are possible solutions that can maximize successful student education.

Summary

Bridging the Gap Between School and the Street

Educational success likely is affected by three factors; biology, culture, and school itself. We have little control over biological influences so this presentation will focus on how we as educators, family and community can work together to establish systems to maximize student success. Culture plays and enormous part in student classroom behavior and regardless of the interventions in place within the classroom success will be minimal unless interventions also include a family and community approach. This presentation will examine those interventions directed at improving student behavior through culturally aliened classroom interventions, increasing parent involvement, and increasing community involvement. We will examine present school policies and interventions that may inhibit the educational progress of at risk students as well as review partnerships that can be established between educators, parents and community that can strengthen appropriate student behavior. Finally the audience will participate in a group discussion of how they can facilitate a change in methods and approaches presently used to address the issues that occur when the street meets the classroom.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Participants should leave the presentation with knowledge of what can be done in the classroom and in the community to maximize educational success.
  2. How to address the needs of an entire family to improve classroom outcomes.
  3. How to engage distant families in their youth’s education.

Evidence

References:

Boice, R. (1998). "Classroom incivilities." In K. A. Feldman & M. B. Paulson (Eds.), Teaching and learning in the college classroom (2nd ed.) (347-369). Needham Heights, MA: Simon & Schuster Custom Pub.

McIntyre, T., Braaten, S., Center, D., Forness, S., Mello, E., Peterson, R. (1990). Ethical issues in the education of socially maladjusted youth. Tempe, Arizona: Conference of Teacher Educators of Children with Behavioral Disorders.

Sunday, June 20, 2004; Page B01, Washington Post, By Patrick Welsh

Children's Defense Fund [CDF], 2004; Hosp & Reschly, 2002

The coercive family process (Kazdin, 1987b; Reid & Patterson, 1991

‘On the Journey to Prison: The Role of Family and Schools in the Lives of Angry, Aggressive Children’

James Larson, Ph.D., NCSP Member, Scientific Board, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Presenters:

Jim Taylor is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years experience working in classroom settings and as a behavioral consultant to schools from the Barbados, Florida, Georgia and beyond. Mr. Taylor is best known in his home town as a mentor to over 50 school age ‘street kids’ and as the organizer of mentoring programs and service provisions throughout his county and across the state. He has been active with his Local Interagency Planning Team for the past 6 years and has over a hundred workshops and presentations to his name.

Conni Wells is an international consultant in the development of programs and services for children, youth, families, and consumers in need of mental health services and supports. She has directed multiple technical assistance efforts to strengthen the capacity of providers, schools, agencies, and programs to respond to the authentic needs of those they serve; ensuring a culturally and linguistically competent, and family driven approach within the parameters of the system of care philosophy.

Keyword Descriptors

Behavioral Supports, Community Supports, Parental Involvement, At risk students, Street Culture, Behavior Disorders, Partnerships, Mentoring

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-8-2016 2:45 PM

End Date

3-8-2016 4:00 PM

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Mar 8th, 2:45 PM Mar 8th, 4:00 PM

Bridging the Gap Between School and the Street

Savannah

Existing within every society are various cultures and sub-cultures. This presentation examines the results when the classroom culture comes in to contact with the street culture. We will review existing practices designed to address these educational issues both in and out of the classroom and what are possible solutions that can maximize successful student education.