Thursday, February 6, 2014

We Will Choose2Matter Next Week

Choose2Matter

LIVE




300 Avenger Drive
East Greenwich, RI 02818

February 12-14, 2014

Choose2Matter is a movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop empathetic and innovative solutions to social problems.

Students tackle real world problems and learn the skills needed in today’s world.

Please review this background on Choose2Matter LIVE, in particular the three videos under “Choose2Matter in Action.”




The EGHS Community is committed to providing a rigorous curriculum driven by high standards, cultivating personal excellence and integrity, and encouraging civic responsibility within a safe, supportive environment.


The Core Values of East Greenwich High School

Respect: Be considerate of others' ideas and opinions while maintaining personal integrity and self- confidence.
Creativity and Innovation: Embrace flexibility and individuality when explaining and demonstrating knowledge and skills.
Relevance: Link concepts across subjects and make connections to today's global society.
Enthusiasm: Generate excitement and curiosity about learning.
Achievement: Work vigorously to obtain knowledge and skills measured against the highest standards.


Choose2Matter Live Participants

Choose2Matter


East Greenwich High School

Community
Confirmed Mentors as of 02/06/14 @ 9:00AM

Thursday, February 13
Friday, February 14
Multiple Groups
  1. Congressman Jim Langevin
  2. Ann Little (with Langevin)
  3. Heather Hudson (8-11am) RI Treasurer’s Office
  4. Raina Smith (9-11am) RI Sec of State’s Office
  5. Kirtley Fisher & Staff - Business Innovation Factory
  6. State Senator Dawson Hodgson

Human Rights/Social Justice
  1. Martha Waitkun - URI Professor
  2. Elizabeth Atalay - Social Good Blogger at www.documama.org and Editor at www.WorldMomsBlog.com
  3. Dounia Bredes- Youth Outreach Coordinator at Plan International USA
  4. Jane Boynton - Rotary and Plan USA
  5. Karen Davis - Vice President of Community Relations at Hasbro, Inc.  Co-founder of generationOn, the global youth service organization under the Points of Light

Laws and Politics
  1. Carolyn Mark - National Org of Women/EG SC
  2. Justice Brian Stern - Associate Justice, RI Superior Court/Chief of Staff, Governor Donald Carcieri/Executive Director, RI Dept of Administration.
  3. Jonathan Whaley- Lawyer.
  4. Elizabeth Burke Bryant - Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

The Environment/Animals/Ecosystem
  1. Kevin Essington - MA/RI State Director for The Trust for Public Land.

Economics & Business
  1. Michael Walker - Senior Project Manager--State Commerce Corporation
  2. Scott Andrews - ING Investment Partners

Medical & Scientific Issues
  1. Steven Lamothe - 30 Years Aerospace Engineer
  2. Dr. Judith Pratt - Dentist
  3. Laura Keating - Nutritionist, Educator
  4. Susan Vogl - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, employed by Phoenix House as the Director of the Juvenile Drug Court Program. Vice Chairman for the North Kingstown Drug Prevention Coalition.
  5. Karen Davis -- Vice President of Community Relations at Hasbro, Inc. Co-founder of generationOn, the global youth service organization under the Points of Light
  6. Michael C. Cerullo, Jr, LMHC - Psychotherapist in private practice with two decades of experience working with Adolescent Males

Education
  1. Commissioner Deborah Gist
  2. Thom Guertin - Chief Digital Officer for the state of Rhode Island. (Bringing 3 others for coding team)
  3. Gerry Foley- Principal for 24 years at NKHS and JHS, teacher for 19 before that.
  4. Charlie Myers - 30+ years of experience as a teacher, principal, director of curriculum and superintendent. (Video conference)
  5. Jill Marie Napert - Secondary English teacher, reading specialist, Experience in literacy intervention projects and urban districts
  6. Dr. Victor Mercurio- Superintendent East Greenwich Public School
Multiple Groups
  1. Senator Jack Reed
  2. Heather Hudson (8-11am) RI Treasurer’s Office
  3. Kirtley Fisher & Staff - Business Innovation Factory
  4. State Senator Dawson Hodgson

Human Rights/Social Justice

Laws and Politics
  1. Carolyn Mark - National Org of Women/EG SC

The Environment/Animals/Ecosystem
  1. Kevin Essington - MA/RI State Director for The Trust for Public Land.

Economics & Business
  1. Scott Andrews - ING Investment Partners
  2. Rob Gessman - Tax accountant; CPA; 28 years.
  3. Matthew D'Agenais - AVP/Business Banking- Pawtucket Credit Union

Medical & Scientific Issues
  1. Steven Lamothe - 30 Years Aerospace Engineer
  2. Dr. Thomas Miner - Chief of Surgical Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital - Assistant Program Director, Brown University/ Rhode Island Hospital Surgical Residency Program- Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC - Surgical Resident, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  3. Marie Moore - Director, Phoenix House- 20 years in the behavioral health field, 8 years as a cancer survivor.
  4. Neta Taylor-Post - Director of Healthcare Initiatives at the YMCA of Greater Providence

Education
  1. Gerry Foley- Principal for 24 years at NKHS and JHS, teacher for 19 before that.
  2. Thom Guertin - Chief Digital Officer for the state of Rhode Island. (Bringing 3 others for coding team)
  3. Jill Marie Napert - Secondary English teacher, reading specialist, Experience in literacy intervention projects and urban districts
  4. Dr. Victor Mercurio- Superintendent East Greenwich Public Schools


Roll Out Meetings
Meeting with Teacher & Students Leaders
East Greenwich High School Auditorium
2:00 - 4:00 pm


Parents and Community Meeting
East Greenwich High School Auditorium
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm


Choose2Matter Schedule




7:33-7:50



All students report to advisory for attendance and are released to the to Lower Gym and will sit in the bleachers

8:05 - 9:00

Michael Podraza, Greeting, VIP Recognition, Thank You’s
Timothy Chace introduces Angela Maiers and Mark Moran
Angela and Mark introduce Choose2Matter
Special guests via videoconference?
9:00 - 11:45


Students go to designated areas to engage in “heartbreak mapping.”
  • What do you care about?
  • What breaks your heart about it?
  • What are WE going to do about it?
  • Students record ideas on butcher paper.
  • Finished papers hung on walls around the school
  • Choose2Matter team, faculty and staff, community members circulate among groups of students to facilitate.
11:45
Students proceed in groups to small gym and large gym
12:00 - 1:00

Each group of students accesses UStream and records their declaration of how they are going to change the world.
1:00
Students from upper gym go to lower gym and rejoin as a school in the bleachers.
1:15 - 1:45
Lower Gym
Day 1 closing with all students
2:00
Debrief with admin, teacher & student leaders, Choose2Matter team



7:33- 7:50

 All students report to advisory for attendance and are released to the to Lower Gym and will sit in the bleachers
8:05 - 9:00
Angela and Mark introduce Day 2 of Choose2Matter
Special guests via videoconference.
9:00 - 12:45


Action Plan Development / Lunch


  • Students sit in area designated for their cause
  • Students begin to develop their action plan
  • Students ask “genius questions”
  • Members of Choose2Matter team, faculty and staff, community members circulate among groups of students in their area of expertise to facilitate.
12:45
Students from upper gym go to lower gym and rejoin as a school in the bleachers.
1:00 - 1:45
Big Gym
Closing ceremonies with all students

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2:00
Debrief with admin, teacher & student leaders, Choose2Matter team

What is #Choose2Matter?
In this June 2011 speech, Angela Maiers spoke of how two words - You Matter - can change lives and change our world, if we understand them and we leverage them in the right way. People everywhere reacted powerfully to this call to action, undertaking awe-inspiring quests to address problems in our world. Choose2Matter was created in response to this breathtaking reaction.

What is Choose2Matter LIVE?
This post, written for potential sponsors, thoroughly explains Choose2Matter LIVE.

What is the Research For/Behind #Choose2Matter?

Is it Appropriate for My Child to Participate?
We have conducted four events thus far, with a high school, then a middle school, then an elementary school, and finally a whole district of 5,200 students. Students of all ages, from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, with a wide range of challenges have participated successfully.

What Happens After the Event?
The world is changing so quickly that no school can keep up. Every second that a child is “being educated” without the insight, experience, and real-life support from accomplished adults is a wasted opportunity to maximize their education, and their contribution to the world.

Students have boundless energy and enthusiasm for taking action. What they lack is real world savvy and the ability to find authoritative and comprehensive information on how to tackle a problem. They don’t want adults to take over their work; they want adults to notice their efforts and provide the guidance and resources to support them.

Our young people are future world-changers who can and will do incredible things. Professional mentors can greatly enhance the students’ contribution by serving as mentors to these amazing young people.

The mere knowledge by students that accomplished professionals take their ideas seriously will profoundly impact the seriousness with which they approach their contribution.

We are putting into place is a mechanism by which students can ask for help from professionals. We’ll be using a Twitter hashtag and a Quora page to match up students with mentors.

How Do We Support Teachers/Leaders?
Before each event, we seek to hold a two-hour introduction and “training session” for teacher leader and student leaders, whose knowledge will enable them to answer questions from other teachers and students during the event.

The primary goal of a Choose2Matter event is for students to fully realize that they have a genius that the world needs; that they can and must do something about the matters that break their heart. Students must come to this conclusion largely by themselves. 

Ironically, the better a student is at “the game of school,” the more difficult they find it to declare what they are passionate about, and what breaks their heart about that. Adult facilitators should encourage students to be introspective, and not lead them to “answers.”

How is Social Media Used? 
At all Choose2Matter LIVE events, we use social media to bring the world into the school, and to project the school out into the world. The Choose2Matter team, school staff and students  take photos and videos and send them out via Twitter, Facebook and other platforms. This brings a lot of positive attention to the school and also invites feedback and support from the community. This post shows the media typically captured and shared.

What is "HeartBreak Mapping"?
Read this blog post and this blog post as well for more information.