A key activity of the Campaign is to document what exists for children vs. what ought to exist. Campaign data collection will seek to assess if:
1) Younger children have access to early quality childhood socializationand education;
2) Teachers are highly qualified, fully prepared and have the will and skill to educate our children;
3) Students arrive at school ready to learn, and learning from a curriculumj that challenges and prepares them for higher education, entrepreneurship and the world of work in the 21st Century.
4) Schools are fully equipped, motivated and organized for teaching, learning and success;
COMMUNITY EDUCATION LEADERSHIP SUMMITS
In collaboration with parents, students, churches, community based organizations and community schools, monthly Community Education Leadership Summits will be held to assess the progress being made according to the plans of success at the student, teacher, school and district level
The Campaign will draw upon the expertise, time and resources of all who are interested in providing strategies of solutions and prepared to work to implement what is in the best interests of our children.
Education Leadership Summits will be organized to communicate Best Social, Academic and Career Practices of our students, teachers, parents and schools.
The Data Collected and Summits will indicate the action steps the Community must take to ensure that our children recieve an equal, equitable and quality education. Advocacy will also address issues which may need mediation between the system, the family and the community.
Advocacy will include education workshops, one-on-one meetings and high-stakes negotiation.
ESTABLISHMENT OF A PARENT STUDENT UNION
The purpose of establishing a Parent Student Union is to provide a collective family resource support power network which enhances the ability of parents and students to know and use their roles, rights, responsibilities, powers and options to achieve success. www.parentstudentunion.com
COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION AND MEDIA CAMPAIGN
The Campaign will encourage African American churches, fraternities, sororities, professional and civic organizations and indivudals to use their monthly meetings to identify, recruit, award and celebrate youth who are achieving and "Doing the Right Thing".
The Campaign will establish intra-communitywide communication processes targeting African American families, churches, radio and television programs, barber shops, beauty shops, community based organizations and committees to spread the word that "Achievement Matters".
Community events will be launched to promote the message that African American Achievement IS taking place, and needs to be enhanced and accelerated.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE ANYWAY?
1) The primary role and responsibility for THE SOCIALIZATION AND CULTURALIZATION of the African American child is the parent, family and community. This is not a role or responsibility that can be abdicated.
2) The primary role for the ACADEMIC PREPARATION of the African American child is the partnership between the Parent-Teacher, the Community-Teacher, the Classroom-Teacher and the Student-Learner.
3) Each must play his/her role, take responsibility for his/her actions and hold each other accountable to ensure success, within our home, community and schools, is achieved.
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN . . . YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!