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National Event Engages Men in Student Achievement, Social Success

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National Event Engages Men in Student Achievement, Social Success

Men from across country gather in
Kansas City for tips, resources; Feb. 8-10

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (February 4, 2013)National PTA® and Kansas City-based WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads of Great Students) will host the 2013 Male Engagement Conference between February 8 and10 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City Plaza (220 West 43rd Street).

WHY: Studies show students perform better when mothers and fathers are both engaged in the education of their children. School communities and PTAs thrive when both men and women participate. Yet remain a largely untapped resource.

WHAT: That’s why this three-day conference will focus on raising male engagement. The event will feature sessions and workshops led by other leading experts who will provide tips, best practices and resources to engage fathers, grandfathers and other important male figures in education, reduce bullying and bring male mentors into schools nationwide.

Topics include:

  • Making Father Engagement Relevant to Child Outcomes
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Increasing Male Involvement and Engaging Dads
  • Engaging Ethnic Men in Education

WHO: The event features several notable speakers and presenters that will discuss a variety of topics.

  • Betsy Landers, National PTA President
  • Eric Snow, Executive Director of WATCH D.O.G.S.
  • Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering
  • Eugene Schneeberg, Director of Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ron Mirr, President, RM Consulting
  • Sharon Burton, Education Program Specialist, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Eddie Kennison, Former Kansas City Chiefs NFL Football Player

MEDIA: Media will have access to the event and several options for reports that can feature:

  • The latest information on the benefits of family/male engagement;
  • Interviews with the nation’s top family/male engagement experts, as well as attendees;
  • Visual shots of men gathered to be more engaged in their child’s education;

Click here to request media credentials or contact James Martinez at 571-329-9352.

A full schedule of events, other workshops topics and registration information are available at PTA.org/MEC2013. Registration for the event is $99.

In addition, a special event preceding the conference welcomes all school administrators, parents, community leaders and media to learn more about “Today’s PTA.” The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, between 6pm and 8pm at the Embassy Suites. During the event, called “An Evening with Today’s PTA,” representatives will highlight:

  • New benefits and resources for PTA members and schools;
  • How family engagement makes a positive difference in children, schools, and communities;
  • New PTA discounts and savings on school and family resources;
  • How to start a PTA or keep your PTA running smoothly.

Anyone, including media, can RSVP for the free event at: http://todayspta.eventbrite.com/.

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

About WATCH D.O.G.S.

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® is an innovative program focusing on increasing male involvement in our nation’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures for a two-fold purpose: (1) to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their very presence that education is important, and (2) to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles are asked to spend at least one day during the school year working as a volunteer at their student’s school. They support the school through monitoring the school property and working alongside the teachers in the classroom, the hallways, the lunchroom and on the playground. They help with reading, writing and arithmetic. They are great as homework facilitators and recess referees. They will also provide listening ears and whatever else needs to be done in order to help the teacher’s plant seeds of success in the lives of the students. 

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® is a founding member of the PTA M.O.R.E. ® (Men Organized to Raise Engagement) alliance and is an excellent outreach program with a proven record for increasing volunteer hours, male involvement and PTA membership.