Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One Step!

There has been quite a buzz about The One Step Program, so i have decided to find and pull their info for you. Enjoy.

Get Involved, Be Heard …Take One Step!
One Step is the first Post-Katrina grassroots organized effort to engage the collective community in crafting a vision of excellence in public education. A lot has changed in public education Post-Katrina. One STEP is broad campaign to engage the community in crafting a vision for public education. Over seven months, through working groups members of the New Orleans community will discuss key topics such as teacher quality, school and community partnerships, improving high school graduation rates. Working groups will make recommendations on each topic and collectively frame a community vision for quality education.

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 8am-3pm, four strategic partners, Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN),Connect2Educate (C2E) Collaborative, Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation (ECFLF), and Central City Renaissance Alliance (CCRA) will host “ONE STEP,” a unique and historic educational event for all New Orleans children, families, and individuals.These partners have joined and are inviting the entire New Orleans Community to take “ONE STEP TOGETHER FOR OUR CHILDREN.” Young Audiences will provide many activities for children in the afternoon.

One Step Saturday is the launch of the first Post-Katrina grassroots organized effort to engage the collective community in shaping the future for public education.

8:00–11:00am: Dryades Street YMCA, 2005 Philip Street: The day will begin with a Community Summit to Craft a Common Vision for Public Education, the kick-off of OPEN’S 7-month campaign to convene the community in a respectful community-wide dialogue to craft this vision. “It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been very involved in public education and have taken fifty steps or if you’ve never been involved…we can all take ONE STEP Together for the future of children and our city” says OPEN’s Deirdre Johnson Burel.

11:00-12:00am: Music-led Parade to Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center, 2405 Jackson Avenue: As the Summit concludes, a marching band will lead attendees and various schools and community organizations down Jackson Avenue to community partner Mahalia Jackson Center, where a brief program and entertainment will welcome them to the afternoon’s events.

12:45-2:30pm: Public school professionals (teachers, board members, school leadership and others) will participate in the C2E Collaborative’s Connect2Educate Event, which spotlights organizations that offer resources and programs to public schools and child care centers. All attendees will receive the 2010 Connect2Educate Notebook, a community resource guide and empowerment tool for public schools.

12:00-2:30pm: All New Orleans children and families are invited to enjoy Mahalia Jackson Center’s Family Day, where the Center’s 15 onsite service providers, including Central City Renaissance Alliance, and also community partner Young Audiences will offer family-friendly activities, prizes for individuals and schools, refreshments, entertainment, and more. Mahalia Jackson Center’s partners work together to meet the needs expressed by Central City residents themselves, making Mahalia Jackson Center a convenient, welcoming “one stop shop” for these holistic health needs of local children, their families, and neighbors. In addition to quality early childhood education programs, the site features a pediatric health clinic; a New Orleans Public Library branch; family literacy, job training and placement programs; a computer resource center; fitness and nutrition facilities and classes and much more.

2:30-3:00pm: Closing Remarks and Grand Prize Giveaways!



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