GCU and Lakewood Board of Education Help Local Students through Lakewood Together

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GCU & Lakewood Schools Work Together to Benefit Students
By Lois Rogers

Some 700 parents and children filled the Lakewood Middle School auditorium for the second annual orientation and celebration of the Lakewood Together Parent Academy on November 11, 2013. The academy is part of Lakewood Together, a joint effort between Georgian Court and the Lakewood Board of Education. The collaboration shares university resources with the Lakewood School District while creating educational opportunities for university students.

The academy scheduling, as explained by F. Thomas Crawley, Ed.D., assistant dean of the GCU School of Education, mirrors the overall approach of the program, which aims to create a strong, lasting partnership, melding the needs of the school community—including parents, students and local teachers—with those of the university.

Laura Winters ’01, ’07, superintendent of the Lakewood School District; Lynn DeCapua, Ph.D., ’83, dean of the GCU School of Education; and Dr. Crawley stressed the family-friendly nature of the program—for the 2013-14 academic year, there are 14 academy sessions at schools throughout the district. The offerings are especially convenient for parents who often work multiple jobs. This year, there is a focus on increasing English and Spanish literacy and the implications of today’s technology in doing so.

In its first year, the multifaceted program also provided administrative professional development and mentoring. workshops for Lakewood teachers who are mentoring new teachers, workshops for intervention teachers and literacy coaches, and two special education needs assessments. (See the Asbury Park Press video coverage of the Parent Academy’s first year.)

Aleida Salguero, parent liasion coordinator of the Parent Academy and assistant principal for Spruce Street School, and Timothy Briles, Ed.D., GCU assistant professor of education, said the idea for Lakewood Together emerged two years ago. The district wanted to help “bridge the gap” for families—including, but not limited to, the township’s large Latino community, Ms. Salguero said.

BY THE NUMBERS
In its first year, the partnership between Georgian Court University and the Lakewood School District placed:
• 6 response-to-intervention interns (helping children who are struggling academically)
• 2 school psychologist interns
• 11 school counseling interns
• 25 student teachers

Source: Asbury Park Press, CHEATED: Lakewood Parent Academy helps parents learn to help their kids, June 23, 2013.

 

According to Dr. Briles, there wasn’t any “firestarter” moment for creating the initiative; GCU had long wanted to partner with the Lakewood school community—a move that would be mutually beneficial for the university and the school district.

“A big focus is trying to get more parents involved,” said Dr. Briles. “Our doors are open to everyone. Our overarching goal is to increase parental involvement in the schools.”

Editor’s note: The original version of this story was published in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Georgian Court University magazine with the title, “Lakewood Together: Bridging the Gap,” by Lois Rogers. Photo above by Asbury Park Press photographer Thomas Costello. Photo purchased from APP.com.

 

 

GCU & Lakewood Schools Work Together to Benefit Students
By Lois Rogers

Some 700 parents and children filled the Lakewood Middle School auditorium for the second annual orientation and celebration of the Lakewood Together Parent Academy on November 11, 2013. The academy is part of Lakewood Together, a joint effort between Georgian Court and the Lakewood Board of Education. The collaboration shares university resources with the Lakewood School District while creating educational opportunities for university students.

The academy scheduling, as explained by F. Thomas Crawley, Ed.D., assistant dean of the GCU School of Education, mirrors the overall approach of the program, which aims to create a strong, lasting partnership, melding the needs of the school community—including parents, students and local teachers—with those of the university.

Laura Winters ’01, ’07, superintendent of the Lakewood School District; Lynn DeCapua, Ph.D., ’83, dean of the GCU School of Education; and Dr. Crawley stressed the family-friendly nature of the program—for the 2013-14 academic year, there are 14 academy sessions at schools throughout the district. The offerings are especially convenient for parents who often work multiple jobs. This year, there is a focus on increasing English and Spanish literacy and the implications of today’s technology in doing so.

In its first year, the multifaceted program also provided administrative professional development and mentoring. workshops for Lakewood teachers who are mentoring new teachers, workshops for intervention teachers and literacy coaches, and two special education needs assessments. (See the Asbury Park Press video coverage of the Parent Academy’s first year.)

Aleida Salguero, parent liasion coordinator of the Parent Academy and assistant principal for Spruce Street School, and Timothy Briles, Ed.D., GCU assistant professor of education, said the idea for Lakewood Together emerged two years ago. The district wanted to help “bridge the gap” for families—including, but not limited to, the township’s large Latino community, Ms. Salguero said.

BY THE NUMBERS
In its first year, the partnership between Georgian Court University and the Lakewood School District placed:
• 6 response-to-intervention interns (helping children who are struggling academically)
• 2 school psychologist interns
• 11 school counseling interns
• 25 student teachers

Source: Asbury Park Press, CHEATED: Lakewood Parent Academy helps parents learn to help their kids, June 23, 2013.

 

According to Dr. Briles, there wasn’t any “firestarter” moment for creating the initiative; GCU had long wanted to partner with the Lakewood school community—a move that would be mutually beneficial for the university and the school district.

“A big focus is trying to get more parents involved,” said Dr. Briles. “Our doors are open to everyone. Our overarching goal is to increase parental involvement in the schools.”

Editor’s note: The original version of this story was published in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Georgian Court University magazine with the title, “Lakewood Together: Bridging the Gap,” by Lois Rogers. Photo above by Asbury Park Press photographer Thomas Costello. Photo purchased from APP.com.

 

 

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