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Adult Workshops – 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

What You Need To Know About Evaluating Your Program

Three leading, nationally recognized program administrators provide different insights on the required components of successful program evaluation, from the perspective of a program administrator, an assessment expert, and a foundation official. Learn the nuts and bolts: from what types of data should be collected, to what makes a winning evaluation plan!
Presenters:
Ms. Michele Williams, Interim Executive Director, The Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME, Inc.), Georgia Institute of Technology
Ms. Linda Kelley, Evaluation & Technology Manager, Communities in Schools of Georgia
Ms. Tina Gridiron-Smith, Senior Program Officer, Lumina Foundation for Education
Moderator:
Dr. Angela Birkes, Senior Research Associate, P-16 Data Management, University System of Georgia.
Room: 401

Strategies for Developing and Sustaining an African-American Male Program on a College Campus

Sustaining an African-American male educational program on a college campus requires dedicated personnel, consistent funding, willing students, passion and commitment. Hear from these two USG AAMI program directors how they have established, expanded and reshaped their respective programs – one of which has garnered national attention and earned the USG’s AAMI Best Practices Leadership Award.
Presenters:
Dr. Said Sewell, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for African-American Male Research, Success, and Leadership, University of West Georgia
Ms. Coletta Hassell-Carter, Assistant Vice President for Educational Affairs and Director, Leadership Academy, Georgia Perimeter College.
Moderator:
Mr. Robert Kelly, Junior, University of West Georgia
Room: 402

Student Workshops – 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Cultivating a Passion for Success: From Dreams to Reality

Led by one of the nation's most passionate motivational speakers, this exciting session will examine the challenges that African-American males confront in their daily lives. Attendees also will learn proven strategies for personal development and success, and how to join the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) – a national organization with more than 160 collegiate and high-school chapters across 30 states.
Presenter:
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, President and Founder, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
Moderator:
Mr. Jelani Liddell, College Coach, Performance Learning Centers, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Inc.
Room: 300
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Adult Workshops – 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Staying Power: Sustaining Successful Programs

Securing grants and building effective partnerships are tried-and-true ways to sustain successful programs. Both strategies require strong relationships and strong outcomes. These attributes are two key components of the local and national programs represented on this panel – one a USG AAMI Best Practices program – both of which are supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education.
Panelists:
Tina Gridiron Smith, Senior Program Officer, Lumina Foundation for Education
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, President and Founder, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
Dr. Dorothy Lord, President, Coastal Georgia Community College and Founder, Minority Outreach Program
Moderator:
Ms. Arlethia Perry-Johnson, Project Director, USG’s African-American Male Initiative
Room: 401

You Never Listen to Me: Inter-generational Communication

Communication gaps often are blamed for the “disconnect” between youths and adults. Young people think adults “don’t listen,” and the adults ask “what’s wrong with this generation?” A leading African-American psychologist facilitates a dialogue with two young men, to help us learn how to hear each other better.
Presenters:
Dr. Thomas Parham, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Counseling and Health Services, University of California-Irvine
Mr. Jarel Billups, Junior, Sprayberry High School, BUY Cobb, Inc.
Mr. Mark Pilgrim, Sophomore, Kennesaw State University and President, Distinguished Black Gentlemen
Moderator:
Dr. Earl Holliday. Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University
Room: 213/217

Student Workshops – 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

From Boy To Male To Man!

Maturing into a successful man in today's society oftentimes requires navigating some very rough waters. This accomplished and committed educator will share “inside tips” on how to achieve success, from bringing your "A" game (the right Attitude), to knowing how to "dress to impress,” to working effectively with those who can grant or deny you "major opportunities." Come learn what they don't tell you in school!
Presenter:
Dr. Lee Jones, Founder, Brothers of the Academy; President & Executive Editor, InSpire Magazine
Moderator:
Mr. Michael Lambert, Program Coordinator, African-American Student Services and Programs, Georgia State University
Room: 300

Why Do I Need To Know This?

What’s the connection between the academic decisions you make today and how these decisions relate to your future opportunities, such as college admission? Grades, courses and your academic track are very important. You don’t have to listen to the adults! Hear it from young men just like you who know the deal.
Presenters:
Mr. Armell Hopkins, Junior, Cedar Shoals High School, Gentlemen on the Move
Mr. Joey Laster, Senior, Sprayberry High School, BUY Cobb, Inc.
Mr. Jeffery Johnson, Senior, University of West Georgia
Mr. Johnathan Adkins, Freshman, University of West Georgia
Moderator:
Dr. Michael Ross, Associate Professor, Middle Grades Education, Kennesaw State University
Room: 242
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Adult Workshops – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Changing Standards, Raising Expectations

Who says African-American male high-school students can’t succeed in tough academic courses and advanced placement courses? They definitely can and do, when they are committed to solid preparation for college success and have the right support systems. This workshop – showcasing an AAMI Best Practices Leadership Award recipient – will demonstrate that you can meet the standards when expectations are raised.
Presenter:
Dr. Deryl Bailey, Associate Professor, Counseling & Human Development Services, and Director, Gentlemen on the Move, The University of Georgia
Mr. Derricotte Jaquan, Freshman, Cedar Shoals High School
Mr. Jarvis Bradford, Junior, Cedar Shoals High School
Mr. Julian Reyes, Senior, Cedar Shoals High School
Moderator:
Ms. Betsy Green, Assistant Project Director, USG’s African-American Male Initiative
Room: 401

Model Campus Infrastructures for Student Success

Three seasoned administrators of college-based retention programs share their strategies for building model infrastructures for student success: leveraging institutional support, recruiting and building a strong leadership team, student organizational involvement and creating a campus climate that promotes, recognizes and accepts differences. Learn how to build a program that delivers on your campus.
Presenters:
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, President and Founder, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
Dr. Doris Derby, Director, African-American Student Services and Programs, Georgia State University
Mr. Gordon Moore, Director, Minority Educational Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
Moderator:
Dr. Eric Blacknall III, Assistant Director, African-American Student Services and Programs, Georgia State University
Room: 402

Student Workshops – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mentoring: What You See Is What You Will Be!

For some young men, mentoring is the motivating factor that helps them see new possibilities for their lives, providing images of success to which they might not otherwise be exposed. In this workshop, two young men who are being mentored – and the adults who mentor them – will share the advantages and benefits of a positive mentor-mentee relationship. Come learn if this might be the ticket to your success!
Presenters:
Mr. Ken Harris, 100 Black Men of North Metro (Georgia) and Owner, Ken Harris and Associates Realty
Mr. Damon Edwards, Junior, South Cobb High School
Dr. Said Sewell, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for African-American Male Research, Success, and Leadership, University of West Georgia
Mr. Carlos Riley, Freshman, University of West Georgia
Moderator:
Mr. Tony Owens, Student Transition Coordinator, Performance Learning Centers, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Inc.
Room: 300

Title: I hate Math... I hate Science: Using Math and Science to Enhance Your Success

This session will provide the “the tricks of the trade” on how to help students understand that math and science are extremely powerful tools in promoting academic success, and there is no need to fear (or hate!) these important core subjects. Techniques and tools for the mastery of math and science principles will be provided by leading educators and practitioners.
Presenters:
Dr. Alvin Harmon, Assistant Professor of Biology, Atlanta Metropolitan College
Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Founder, Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc
Dr. Zephyrinus Okonkwo, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Albany State University
Moderator:
Dr. Army Lester, Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University
Room: 213/217

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