“ From The Parent Perspective: Developing Successful Parent-Community-School Partnerships”
The Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium
November 14, 2008
Keeping Our Eyes On Their Dreams Why building a community of parents is essential to student success THE CALM SOCIETY
Ode to the Advocate We have a vision that’s mighty indeed. Parent/student advocacy is our mission: To achieve excellence and succeed. To rise ever higher and transform “achievement gaps” Into a love for learning on that’s on fire and never succumbs to negative raps. Not ones to rest on our laurels or submit to the status quo, CALM upholds unwavering morals, empowering all to prosper and grow!
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. . .You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
History of the CALM Society
Values and Principles
Open, honest, and respectful communication at all times
Make every situation whole within 24 hours
With communication, all things are possible
Focus on results rather than activities
“ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
As advocates for educational equity, the mission of the CALM Society is to ensure that all students receive a superior education through parent involvement, advocacy, and community service.
To establish a strong network of parent and citizen advocates involved in school improvement as citizenship decision-makers who are educated to navigate the schools for the best interests of all children
To create viable and meaningful partnerships with all stakeholders i.e. school systems, community organizations, and leaders to improve our children’s education and eliminate achievement gaps
DVMSAC’s presentation in Cherry Hill, NJ by Mychal Wynn on “Planning for College: Parenting, Teaching, and Mentoring our African American Males”
Presentation by Beverly Daniel Tatum at Abington Friends School
Identifying growth opportunities to enhance dialogue between students, parents, and educators such as the book discussion at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown on " Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
Nourishing parent energy to volunteer as chaperones, mentors, and future members of the CALM Society
Training Parents as Advocates to Successfully Navigate Schools Parents As Leaders (PAL) training with new emerging parent groups such as PARITY ( Parent Advocates for the Radical Improvement of Township Youth) in Springfield School District
CALM College Scholarship CALM awarded a scholarship to this student who overcame extreme adversity (in this case cancer, being labeled as “not bound for college,” and raised without a supportive father. In addition, this student showed tremendous service learning and leadership abilities. This student is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Tuskegee University. “ Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Dr. Booker T. Washington Tuskegee’s First President
Equal Rights for Children CALM volunteers and VIBE students were part of the Urban Education Fund’s panel discussion on “Boys, Books, and the ‘Burbs: the Educational Experiences of African American Males in Suburban School Districts.” “ Regardless of where Black children are educated, they are subject to overt and subtle manifestations of a society which still bombards us with negative images of blackness. The assault to the potential of black male children is particularly rampant yet too often unrecognized by people who fail to notice the unintended consequences of their actions.” Dr. Deidre Fambry, President, Urban Education Fund Saturday, February 23, 2008
Empowering Women CALM donates needed items to the Laurel House (an agency which serves individuals who are subject to domestic violence) and supports its fundraising efforts CALM participates in the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Race For The Cure
Cultural Competancy Celebrate the Arts at Copper Beech Elementary School