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Your Zip Code Does Not Define You!

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Bridging the gap between poverty and success is a challenge for all academies. This session will highlight the obstacles associated with students who are economically disadvantaged and provide practical solutions for supporting students facing these problems.

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Your Zip Code Does Not Define You!

  1. 1. WELCOME TO 75233 Your Success Is Not Defined By Your Zip Code!
  2. 2. ICEBREAKER… ICEBREAKER INSTRUCTIONS:  NAME SEVERAL STEREOTYPES ABOUT YOUR STATE.  LIST REASONS YOU THINK YOUR STATE ACQUIRED THESE.  EXPLAIN HOW YOU ADDRESS THEM WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THEM.  HOW DO THEY MAKE YOU FEEL AS AN INDIVIDUAL?  EACH PERSON WILL TURN AND TALK FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES TO THINK ABOUT YOUR STATE AND WRITE RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS 1 THRU 4.  AFTER EACH PERSON COLLOBORATES ABOUT THE QUESTIONS, ASK VARIOUS PARTNERS TO SHARE WITH THE AUDIENCE. NAME YOUR STATE BEFORE REPORTING OUT. THIS ICEBREAKER WILL LEAD INTO OUR PRESENTATION, “YOUR ZIP CODE DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. SUPPLIES NEEDED: PACKETS OF STATE SHAPES PENS CONTACT SHEET
  3. 3. ZIP CODE PURPOSES…  THE ZIP CODE IS THE SYSTEM OF POSTAL CODES USED BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. IT WAS USED IN ORDER FOR THE MAIL TO TRAVEL MORE EFFICIENTLY, AND THEREFORE MORE QUICKLY.  THE FATHER OF THE ZIP CODE: ROBERT MOON, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE POST OFFICE, IS CONSIDERED THE FATHER OF THE ZIP CODE. HE SUBMITTED HIS PROPOSAL IN 1944 WHILE WORKING AS A POSTAL WORKER. THE FIRST THREE DIGITS DESCRIBES THE REGION OF THE COUNTY. THE LAST TWO DIGITS COINCIDE
  4. 4. WHAT ARE ZIP CODE STIGMAS?...  A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person based on the area, environment, community or access to resources.  These stigmas cause shame, disgrace, dishonor, low self actualizations and expectations, humiliation, bad reputation, and a perpetuation of failure.
  5. 5. EARLY STAGE IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THEIR ZIP CODES  “I don’t want a dream home, I want to be on section 8”  “Can’t learn”  “Whadda you think this is. This Kimball!”  “Yes, I’m ghetto”  “When we gonna eat lunch”  “You act like this is Frisco”  “We can’t go to college, we ain’t got no money, Ms.”  “This class not gone help me”
  6. 6. WHO WORKS TO CHANGE THAT PERCEPTION? The Intelligence Agents (theme teacher)- we teach the students that one’s success is determined by their own individual efforts.
  7. 7. KIMBALL’S DEMOGRAPHIC DATA…
  8. 8. AOHT DATA…
  9. 9. HOW DO WE CHANGE THAT PERCEPTION?... Intelligence Agents Outline:  Push them to Dream Big!  Map out strategies to achieve their dreams  Exposure to Various Zip Codes and Resources that are available to them  Truly become an Academy Advocate  Set and Maintain High Academy Expectations and Standards (and accept nothing less)  Focus on the positive.  Teach the students to become acclimated to a professional mindset  BUILD A RELATIONSHIP!!!!!!!
  10. 10. PUSH THEM TO DREAM BIG! Background stories that they missed… 78362 (Corpus Christi, TX) 96801 (Honolulu, HI) 75601 (Longview, TX) 75216 (Oak Cliff , TX) 79710 (Midland, TX) 10473 (Bronx, NY) 10452 (Bronx. NY) 91911 (San Diego, CA) 39090 (Kosciusko,MS) 70112 (New Orleans, LA)
  11. 11. MAP OUT STRATEGIES TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS  Set attainable goals (complete the my “success timeline”) outline their personal and professional goals.  Making good choices (work ethics and interpersonal skills).  Researching Financial Resources needed to obtain their goals.  Applying research that is applicable to the College and Career of their choice.  Presenting information in a manner that the students will be receptive. (follow trends)
  12. 12. EXPOSURE TO THINGS OUTSIDE OF THEIR ZIP CODE
  13. 13. EXPOSURE TO COLLEGES OUT OF THEIR ZIP CODES (PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY)
  14. 14. EXPOSURE TO COLLEGES OUT OF THEIR ZIP CODES (UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS)
  15. 15. EXPOSURE TO VARIOUS ZIP CODES AND RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM  Field studies outside of their zip codes: Hotels, Restaurants, Various Venues, Stadiums, Convention Centers, Cultural Outings, College Tours.  Prominent Speakers and special guests: Texas Commissioner of Education, CEO of LaQuinta Hotels, CEO of AT&T; Big Brothers, Big Sisters  Shadowed various event planning coordinators
  16. 16. TRULY BECOME AN ACADEMY ADVOCATE BY ANY MEANS!
  17. 17. TRULY BECOME AN ACADEMY ADVOCATE
  18. 18. TRULY BECOME AN ACADEMY ADVOCATE
  19. 19. BECOME A RELENTLESS ACADEMY ADVOCATE
  20. 20. TRULY BECOME AN ACADEMY ADVOCATE  Strongly organize your Advisory Board. (Build power at your key base.)  Reach out to many business partners as possible. (Busy people come and they go).  Educate your community and constituencies about the NAF model. (When people have the opportunity to meet face to face and discuss then issues that affect students, they become empowered to invest more heavily in the outcome of success for students.)  Design strategies to equip students with Survival Gear. (Working with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and community leaders.)  Develop relationships with students. (Interacting with them in the classroom, assisting with culminating projects, attending student events.)
  21. 21. SET AND MAINTAIN HIGH ACADEMY EXPECTATIONS AND STANDARDS AND ACCEPT NOTHING LESS
  22. 22. QUALITY WORK…
  23. 23. FRESH FLOWERS FROM THAT REGION…
  24. 24. RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD…
  25. 25. AOHT STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
  26. 26. SET AND MAINTAIN HIGH ACADEMY EXPECTATIONS AND STANDARDS AND ACCEPT NOTHING LESS  Students are required to have work on the due date of all assignments.  Students are expected to “act” like Academy students at all times (for example: core classes, in the hallway, sporting events and etc.).  Students have to prove to be worthy of being in the Academy (exiting is an option).  Students are instructed/expected to gossip about our achievements (especially social media and text groups).  Students are required to check their professional emails daily and text updates especially 10th-12th  Students are expected to bring in positive announcements to be submitted for school wide announcements.  Students are expected to wear the appropriate Academy attire for various events (polo's for branding and celebratory activities).
  27. 27. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE!!!!
  28. 28. CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE…
  29. 29. FOCUS MORE ON THE POSITIVE…
  30. 30. AND MORE POSITIVE…
  31. 31. FORGET ABOUT THE NEGATIVE…
  32. 32. BECOME SUPER POSITIVE…
  33. 33. MORE…
  34. 34. AND…
  35. 35. AND EVEN MORE…
  36. 36. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE.  Students are instructed/expected to “gossip” about our achievements, especially social media and text groups. Remind 101 app  Students have to regularly respond to bellringers that describe how NAF and AOHT has been a benefit to their lives. Also, what are they receiving over their non-academy peers.  Students are expected consistently practice work ethics.
  37. 37. TEACH THE STUDENTS TO BECOME ACCLIMATED TO A PROFESSIONAL MINDSET
  38. 38. 34 Mayor’s Internships This Year and
  39. 39. 2014 INTERNS ON THE JOB
  40. 40. TEACH THE STUDENTS TO BECOME ACCLIMATED TO A PROFESSIONAL MINDSET  Develop classroom activities that involve discussions, reflective writing, self-assessments and inventories to help reinforce professional practices.  Include Professional Development Days in your curriculum.(This would include bringing business partners into the classroom to discuss work ethics, latest industry trends, current technology trends.) Let’s remember experts help move our students from school to career.  Building Happiness. (Building a work relationship with someone can boost job satisfaction, exert control over time management, striving constantly to learn something new).  Professional Dress.  Discuss appropriate conversation for the workplace.  Learn to keep a promise (This shows that you are reliable and honest).  Be punctual!  Be the BEST at what you do!
  41. 41. BUILD A RELATIONSHIP!!!!!!!
  42. 42. AOHT STUDENTS BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH DALLAS MAYOR MIKE RAWLINGS
  43. 43. BUILD A RELATIONSHIP!!!!!!!  GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS  INDIVIDUALIZE  WATCH WHAT YOU SAY  KEEP TRYING TO REACH YOUR STUDENTS  SET EXPECTATIONS  CONSISTENCY  SHARE YOUR LIFE WITH STUDENTS  REGULARLY SAY THESE WORDS OUT LOUD TO THE KIDS  “IT’S GREAT TO SEE YOU TODAY!” “I WANT YOU TO SUCCEED” “I CARE ABOUT YOU” “I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE” “I’M SO HAPPY YOU’RE PART OF OUR CLASS”
  44. 44. INTELLIGENCE AGENTS’ NON-NEGOTIABLES The following things are mandatory to become successful Intelligent Agents:  Work more than 9:00am-5:00pm.  Promote and market your Academy  Study tirelessly your assessment  Review Data
  45. 45. RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL HELP  Faculty Presentation PowerPoint  Student Informational Flyer (Branding)  Advisory Board Informational Flyer (Branding)  Success Tracker (Data review)  Faculty Update (After Christmas refresher)
  46. 46. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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