PCG kicks off powerful, innovative My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) series this week

Join us this Thursday, May 18, for the inaugural session of our MBK Forum series. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Glenn Singleton to speak about “COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE.”

Mr. Singleton founded Pacific Educational Group (PEG) in 1992, committed to achieving racial equity in education. Glenn and his group engage in sustained partnerships with educational organizations to transform beliefs, behaviors, and results so people of all races can achieve at their highest levels and live their most empowered and powerful lives. COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ is their award-winning protocol for effectively engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue. Through their Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation, PEG is dedicated to helping educators address persistent racial disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively. [More]

New Ideas and New Resources: The Benefits of Community Engagement

Other than parents, schools and teachers have more responsibility for raising children than any other part of society. But they can’t do it alone.

Diallo Shabazz, executive director of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, tells the story of how, several years ago, a school in Queens where the organization works with students experienced a mutiny of sorts in a global history class.

“One of the students stopped the teacher one day and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” Shabazz recalls. “‘As students, we come in here and learn about all the terrible things that have happened. We learn about war and famine and racism and slavery, and we’re taught to recite what happened, but we’re not taught to change things moving forward. And unless you’re going to teach us how to use this information to change the world around us, I’m not studying this.’” [More]

Gearing up for SXSWedu 2017

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is very pleased to be returning to SXSWedu, the iconic education conference in Austin, Texas, in March. We are excited to once again bring together thought leaders and experts from across the country to highlight innovation, best practices, and collaboration across a breadth of fields. In particular, we look forward to the trio of sessions that will feature our colleagues and partners. The first, Engaging the Community, will highlight My Brother’s Keeper, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of our youth. [More]

Detecting Early Warning Signs of Behavioral Health Problems - Amy Kaye, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (CHNP)

Amy Kaye, PhD is a Staff Psychologist at the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP), the community mental health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to providing services as a school-based clinician and consultant at CHNP, Dr. Kaye serves as a member of the program’s Evaluation Team, facilitating, documenting, and evaluating evidence-based practice implementation throughout the service delivery model at CHNP partner schools. Additionally, she serves as a member of Boston Public Schools’ Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM) Research Committee, providing consultation on program evaluation efforts surrounding the district-wide CBHM. Dr. Kaye has extensive training and experience in implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of evidence-based strategies and practices in a variety of clinical settings, including urban public schools, residential schools, correctional facilities, primary care facilities, and community outpatient facilities. Dr. Kaye is currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a Teaching Fellow in Prevention Science and Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine, and she completed her predoctoral internship at Milton Hershey School. [More]

Boosting STEM participation, Reducing Absenteeism - Susan Dawson, President, E3 Alliance (Austin, TX)

Building Readiness - From Cradle to Career By Susan Dawson Susan Dawson is President of E3 Alliance, an Austin Texas-based non-profit organization that uses objective data and community collaboration to align education systems so all students succeed and lead Central Texas to economic prosperity. She contributed this blog entry to Public Consulting Group. About E3 Alliance
E3 Alliance uses objective data to identify bright spots of success, and scales them to change entire systems. We work across sectors – collaborating with industry, community-based organizations, higher education, and school districts. We’re committed to helping more students be “future ready” -- to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete a post-secondary credential to prepare them for career and life. We work across the cradle to career continuum – from early childhood to middle schools to college persistence and success -- eliminating gaps and raising outcomes for all students. [More]

School Districts Pledge to Support Education Improvements for Male Students of Color

In a July 21, 2014 press release, the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) announced that 60 of its large urban school district members have pledged to support President Obama’s $200 million initiative to improve educational outcomes for young African American and Hispanic males. The initiative, called My Brother’s Keeper, includes more investment in early childhood education, reducing disproportionate discipline and drop-out rates, and increasing access to college preparatory courses for male students of color. [More]