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Turning The Tide On Unacceptable Dropout Rates

Yesterday I attended the Dropout Prevention Summit at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim,  an incredible learning center, one that incorporates all the modern technologies in teaching-a cutting-edge model  that many schools should aspire to. 

Teachers, administrators and parents were feeling very frustrated by the recent budget cuts-especially considering the fact that India is surpassing the United States in graduates by 1 million and China’s graduation rate is double ours.  Just saying you care about the education of kids is not enough, it’s time for action.

It was very uplifting to hear so many members of the community-judges, politicians and business owners express passionate thoughts and ideas about turning the tide on the dropout rate.

 Of the top five reasons cited by kids for dropping out, number one was boredom, and the second  reason was lack of positive role models  and mentors.   The question of the day was: with a lack of financial resources, how can teachers adopt innovative programs to maintain student’s interest and instill the importance of staying in school for their future?  

What are your thoughts on this?

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All In The Family!

  
On my trip to Las Vegas last weekend, I caught up with Tony Maiden- known as the guitarist and singer for “Rufus/Chaka Khan. A Grammy-award winning musician, Tony has performed with a list of greats in the music industry that is far too long to include here.  I also had a chance to meet his daughter Gabby Maiden-the first professional African-American female snowboarder at the 2009 Snowsports Industries AmericaTradeshow.  Both father and daughter paid a high price for success on their respective paths, but the common thread between them is the focus and passion they share for what they do.   Tune in for more on the life of this musical genius and to hear Gabby’s uplifting outlook on life and powerful message for the next generation.  

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