Title

A Mother's Influence on Academic Achievement: Mama Said...It's The Small Victories That Count!

First Presenter's Institution

Alverno College Milwaukee, WI

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

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Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

Strand #1 - Heart: Social & Emotional Skills

The proposal directly relates to the "At-risk-youth" conference. I've spent many years researching the importance and need for educators to reach out to families to make connections and build relationships. This inspirational book, Mama Said...It's the small victories that count!" provides a student-friendly Communication Companion that helps guide students into becoming self-actualized, born to do what they were meant to do. This guide provides educators and school leaders a creative lens for thought-provoking engagement and discussions with their students about what interest them. Stakeholders working with students will welcome this approach to fostering social and emotional skills and the social climate for all children and youth. Students will gain a multitude of skills as a result of using the Communication Companion.

Strand #2 - Home: Family & Community

The proposal directly relates to the "Youth-at-risk" conference. I've spent many years researching the importance and need for educators to reach out to families to make connections and build relationships. This inspirational book, Mama Said...It's the small victories that count!" provides a student-friendly Communication Companion that helps guide students into becoming self-actualized, born to do what they were meant to do. Parents can feel at ease as they go about the business of motivating and inspiring their child to live out their purpose in life through thought-provoking engagement and discussions about what interest them. This Communication Companion is a perfect tool to motivate and engage parents as well as encourage collaboration of business(s) to provide mentorship and academic support to ensure student success.

Brief Program Description

Utilizing research-based and best practice strategies, Mama Said... is a great tool and new addition providing students with a companion that develops Self-expression skills and empowerment at their own pace.

Summary

According to the Strengthening Fragile Families Study; The Future of Children suggests, “Relationship instability in particular is linked with both poor test performance and behavioral problems in children, especially boys. With unstable and increasingly complex home environments, and with children’s development already moving off track by age five, it is difficult to be optimistic that most of the children of unwed parents will grow into flourishing adults” (2010).

The Second Edition of Mama Said..., Communication Companion inspires and motivates its readers. The Communication Companion utilizing research-based and best practices strategies from Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs model of human motivation becomes the reader’s personal friend. When students are faced with a challenge at home or in school, their personal friend; the Communication Companion guides them into a more positive discourse at home and in school building on their Self-awareness. The Second Edition Mama Said...,also creates a clear pathway for parents to motivate their child in constructive dialog about his/her interests with actionable goals.

Evidence

The proposal directly relates to the "At-risk-youth" because the proposed strategies (Maslow Hierarchy of Needs Model) on human behavior underscores some of the reasons why students may not be achieving. My experience with using this model includes classroom applications in both K-12 and continuing education school environments with various educational leaders. Evidence of the effectiveness of the model is featured in the book, "Mama Said...,It's the small victories that count! used as an instructional guide.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Bonnie J. Edwards received her Master’s Degree in Education, Professional Development from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and pursued

Doctoral Studies in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Bonnie added two additional licenses

at Alverno College Graduate School of Education acquiring licenses in Administrator Leadership and Director of Instruction. Inspired by the power of raising awareness, Bonnie designed and instructed a graduate course in Interpersonal Communication for educators to renew their licenses through McPherson College, Milwaukee Campus. She is recognized by her colleagues for her personable and reflective leadership style. After 14 years of teaching, Bonnie retired in 2015. While enjoying writing and publishing, Bonnie serves on the board for the Wisconsin Black Inventors Gallery and member for the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum, Milwaukee. Additionally, Bonnie has presented at Carthage College - School of Education located in Kenosha including topics as “A Mother’s Influence on Her Child’s Academic Achievement.” Bonnie is founder of B.J. Edwards Communication Publishing, owner and co-publisher with her husband, Cary Edwards.

Keyword Descriptors

Parenting, Educational, Communication, Empowerment, Motivational, Compassion, Leadership, Inspirational, Self esteem, Confidence, Self awareness, Success, Perserverance

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-8-2017 11:15 AM

End Date

3-8-2017 12:30 PM

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A Mother's Influence on Academic Achievement: Mama Said...It's The Small Victories That Count!

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Utilizing research-based and best practice strategies, Mama Said... is a great tool and new addition providing students with a companion that develops Self-expression skills and empowerment at their own pace.