Tuesday, October 21, 2014

COE Establishes Partnership With Kids At Hope

Roosevelt University’s College of Education and the national non-profit organization Kids at Hope (KAH) have established a partnership that seeks to align KAH’s training programs within a new Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership Program (MAIL).  Pending state approval, the new MAIL program will prepare both principals and teacher leaders for service to students in Illinois public schools.  The new program is being designed in collaboration with several elementary and secondary school districts adjacent to Roosevelt University's Schaumburg Campus.

Tom Philion, Roosevelt University’s Dean of the College of Education, and Rick Miller, President of Kids at Hope, issued a joint release praising this important partnership.

“Applying a proven system like KAH is essential for organizations that work with children to nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations,” stated Philion.

“We are absolutely delighted to collaborate with Roosevelt University and their highly skilled faculty and school partners,” offered Miller. “Together we will prepare innovative school leaders who have the knowledge and skills needed to support the success of all students.”

About Kids at Hope

As a not-for-profit organization, Kids at Hope was founded in 2000 with a mission to demonstrate that all children and youth are capable of success, No Exceptions!  It is now operating in 18 states and in Canada, reaching over 500,000 deserving children. Over 50,000 caring adults have participated in Kids at Hope trainings and ten separate university-led evaluations have demonstrated that Kids at Hope strategies work by helping children feel that adults believe in them, are there to support them, and are providing the tools and experiences that support their ability to plan for their futures and achieve their goals.

The Gallup Poll has documented that over 50% of our children lack HOPE; over 40% are not engaged and lack enthusiasm for school; and one third of America’s children report that they are struggling or suffering in their daily lives. Because too many children still feel disconnected, are unable to sense adults care about them, and lack the ability to connect their education to their future, Kids at Hope has identified a series of cultural strategies that, if practiced by caring adults, can dramatically improve the chances of success for all children.

This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics named Kids at Hope as one of only four national initiatives that use positive youth development to transform families, schools and communities in support of all children. The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the Kids at Hope strategy to improve its juvenile justice system.

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University is a private, non-sectarian university with two distinct campuses located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Illinois.  Founded in 1945, it is one of the first universities in the United States to admit qualified students regardless of background; according to US News and World Report, it is currently the fourth most diverse university in the Midwest. With a rich history and progressive curricula featuring 116 degree programs, it is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and community engagement.

The College of Education is nationally accredited and offers seven nationally recognized initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.  It also offers CACREP-accredited programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, and its online Master of Arts program in Teaching and Learning is ranked #42 in the nation by US News and World Report.  In support of the University’s social justice mission, its Office of Community Engagement obtained over $2 million dollars in grants and contracts in the past year that focus, in the main, on supporting college and career readiness among students in the Chicago Public Schools. In collaboration with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and key stakeholders in local schools and districts, the College of Education pushes Roosevelt’s remarkably diverse students to the limits of achievement in teaching, counseling, and leadership, inspiring the transformation of lives and communities throughout the Chicago area.

The Partnership Program

The proposed MA program in Instructional Leadership calls for RU students to enroll in a 3 credit hour course entitled Instructional Leadership for All Students—No Exceptions! The KAH on-line Module One training will be embedded in the course to help create a personalized and motivating learning environment for all students.

A second, 3 credit hour course in the MAIL program entitled Building School Culture and Collaboration with Diverse Stakeholders will prepare educators to partner with families and communities to improve school culture and increase students’ success. To assist them to meet the needs of all learners, the KAH Train the Trainer Certification process will be embedded in the course.

Both organizations look forward to cooperatively promoting practical strategies that will result in the development of inclusive school cultures for all children.

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