Expert's message for students, parents, teachers: build a college-bound culture

12/19/2013 | TACOMA, Washington

You have two chances in January to hear national education expert Mychal Wynn describe how the Tacoma community can create a college-bound culture for all students in Tacoma Public Schools.
Wynn, an author and an educator, will speak to parents, students and educators with his message “It’s All About Strategy: Creating a College-Bound Culture—A Framework for Increasing Student Achievement.”
Tacoma Public Schools will host the first session with Wynn Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Baker Middle School, 8001 S. J St. Wynn also will speak Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lister Elementary School, 2106 E. 44th St. The presentations are free and open to the public.
“We’ve already made great strides in our goal to create a college-bound culture, and we want to continue making progress in that area for all students,” said Superintendent Carla Santorno. “Mychal will focus on  that through academic excellence and partnerships.
 “Our data reflects national and state trends and shows the need to address issues surrounding achievement gaps. Mychal will provide a way for us to improve our work with all students that meshes with our approach to teaching and learning,” Santorno said.
Wynn, also a parent, will provide parents with strategies to guide their children from elementary school through high school. He inspires students in his presentations and provides what they need to pursue their college aspirations.
Educators will learn how to frame conversations with parents and students about elementary school preparation, middle school exploration, high school course work, community service, extracurricular activity involvement and leadership development.
Wynn will also cover:
·         Why less than half of all students graduate from high school “college ready.”
·         The impact fourth-grade reading levels have on college enrollment.
·         The type of home-school partnerships needed to guide students into the right scholarships and the right colleges.
·         How to engage students at school and encourage students at home in ways that are guaranteed to increase student achievement.
The Community Partnership, Academic Equity and Achievement department and the Equity and Achievement department are sponsoring Wynn’s presentations.
For more information, contact Patrick Johnson, director of Equity and Achievement, at 253-571-1120.