Monday, September 26, 2011

Leading Minds Forum Inspires Over 450 People

Last Thursday over 450 teachers, community members, and nonprofit and business leaders attended BCP's fifth Leading Minds forum on The Impact of Poverty on Education. Co-hosted by Loyola University Maryland's School of Education and Urbanite Magazine, the forum explored why poverty has such a detrimental impact on academic achievement and what we, as a community, can do about it.

This was the fifth forum in BCP's Leading Minds series, which engages national experts and local stakeholders in discussions about cutting-edge educational issues that relate directly to improving public education.

An Organization Showcase before the forum featured local nonprofits and public agencies working to address the barriers to learning associated with poverty through community school initiatives, policy advocacy, parent engagement, after-school programming, and other strategies.

Panelists included Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Urban Education at Loyola’s School of Education; Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of the National Center for Community Schools at the Children’s Aid Society; and Heather B. Weiss, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Harvard Family Research Project and Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marc Steiner, host of “The Marc Steiner Show” on Baltimore’s WEAA 88.9 FM, moderated the discussion.

Presentations were followed by an in-depth Q&A and breakout discussion groups lead by the panelists and nonprofit leaders. The forum wrapped up with report backs from each of the eight breakout groups. Attendees were provided with a list of specific action items on how they can address this issue (below).

Next steps include circulating the notes from the discussion groups to all attendees and generating feedback on how we, as a community, can work together to ameliorate the impact of poverty on education.


We would like to thank Peter Murrell, Jane Quinn, Heather Weiss, and Marc Steiner for enriching our exploration of the topic with their expertise.

Thank you to Dr. Mickey Fenzel, (Interim Dean, School of Education and Affiliate Professor, Psychology Department, Loyola University Maryland) for hosting the forum and welcoming the attendees.

Thank you to Candra Healy (Executive Assistant to the Dean, Loyola University Maryland Schools of Education) for making miracles happen in the planning and execution of the event.

Thank you to Patrick Durkin (Assistant Director, Loyola Event Services), John Kline (Event Production Technician, Loyola Event Services) and the rest of their outstanding event services team.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Thank you to the following breakout discussion group facilitators:
Thank you to the following volunteers:
  • Ava Anderson
  • Tara Anderson
  • Virginia Cobler
  • Kim Goldsmith
  • Marvelyn Johnson
  • Tilda Johnson
  • Brenda Kahn
  • Jeff Krick
  • Wayne Lawson
  • Jon McGill
  • Michele Sabean
  • Angela Scott
Thank you to the following organizations that participated in the Organization Showcase:

Below are some actions items that were distributed to forum attendees:

  1. Join the Baltimore Education Coalition:
  2. Visit a Community School: email
  3. Write a letter to the Mayor urging her to support full funding for Community Schools.
  4. Register as a volunteer with Baltimore City Public Schools:
  5. Volunteer with after-school or mentoring programs such as Higher Achievement Program ( and BigBrothers Big Sisters (
  6. Volunteer or partner with a Baltimore Curriculum Project school by e-mailing or calling 410-675-7000.
  7. Visit the Coalition for Community Schools Policy and Advocacy webpage:
  8. Join the Transform Baltimore Campaign to modernize Baltimore City public school buildings:
  9. Support Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign at:
  10. Support BUILD’s Raise Our Youth/Raise Our City Campaign:
  11. Join over 30 organizations to march for youth opportunities, not jails on October 4th:

To learn more about the
Leading Minds series and to view videos of past forums visit:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Merritt Athletic Clubs Support BCP Fall Conference

We would like to thank Merritt Athletic Clubs for donating a one month membership, which will be offered as a door prize during BCP's Fall Professional Development Conference.

With over 27,000 members, more than 800 employees, swimming pools, squash, tennis, racquetball, more than 300 group exercise classes each week, 10 convenient locations, and over 30 years in the health and fitness industry, Merritt Athletic Clubs is the most complete fitness organization in Maryland.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Turner Construction Supports Leading Minds Forum

We would like to thank Turner Construction for supporting our upcoming Leading Minds forum on The Impact of Poverty on Education. Turner provides building services to institutions who recognize the value of a partner who works diligently and creatively to find the best possible solution for each particular project.

Turner actively supports the community through a variety of programs and partnerships including:
  • YouthForce 2020: a program instituted in 1989 to guide youth toward careers in the construction industry.
  • The Turner School of Construction Management: Since 1969, Turner has been training minority- and women-business owners in the disciplines practiced in the construction industry.
  • Community Relations And Affiliations: Turner supports organizations and affiliations that have facilitated the progress of the M/WBE community.
  • Partnership with ACE Mentor Program: The ACE Mentor Program is a national organization that mentors high school students in the architectural, construction management and engineering industries.
For more information visit:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

D.C. United Soccer Series Comes to Baltimore

Yesterday over 100 students from Recreation Centers around the City, Baltimore Curriculum Project's four neighborhood charter schools, and Patterson Park Public Charter School were treated to a D.C. United Soccer Clinic and autograph session courtesy of Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

The clinic was run by six players from Major League Soccer's D.C. United: Brandon Barklage, Joseph Ngwenya, Perry Kitchen, Clyde Simms, Brandon McDonald and Santino Quaranta, a Baltimore native who grew up in Highlandtown.

Students participated in scrimmages and drills as part of the D.C. United Community Soccer Series. Professional players as well as stars from the men's and women's soccer teams at Loyola University Maryland and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland led the children in activities that refined their soccer skills and allowed them to interact in a positive environment.

D.C. United's Community Soccer Series aims to give children in the greater-Washington area a chance to learn the beautiful game from the team's players.

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We would like to thank the following partners and people for making this event possible:

D.C. United; Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young; Baltimore's Safe and Sound Campaign; Baltimore City Recreation and Parks; D.C United Players Brandon Barklage, Joseph Ngwenya, Perry Kitchen, Clyde Simms, Brandon McDonald and Santino Quaranta; D.C. United Grassroots Marketing Coordinator Andrew Minucci; Baltimore's Safe and Sound Campaign Strategist for Recreation and Parks Tim Almaguer; Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Division Chief Bob Wall; Ben Hyman, Special Assistant to Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young; the student-athletes from Loyola University Maryland and College of Notre Dame of Maryland; and all of the schools, Rec Centers, and parents for organizing the kids and getting them to Du Burns Arena.

Day of Hope in Collington Square

On Saturday September 3rd, 227 volunteers brought hope to more than 2,200 Collington Square residents at the Day Of Hope in Collington Square Park. Organized by The Transformation Team, the Day of Hope provided groceries, haircuts, health services, and food for residents as well as backpacks for kids from the neighborhood. A variety of community-based organization, including the Baltimore Curriculum Project, were present to share information with residents.

The Transformation Team has held multiple Days Of Hope throughout various communities in Baltimore City. The Transformation Team is a conglomeration of people who were either born, live/lived, love, or work in East Baltimore and remain committed with a vested interest in its successful revitalization.

A Day Of Hope is a one-day special community event designed to meet both human and spiritual needs of residents. The heartbeat of the Day Of Hope comes from our generous volunteers as they serve and connect with residents, making a lasting impression on all who participate.

We would like to thank The Transformation Team for making this incredible event possible!

For more information about the Transformation Team visit:

For more information about Day of Hope visit:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lakeshore Supports BCP Teachers

Lakeshore has donated $400 worth of gift to cards to help BCP teachers purchase school supplies. The gift cards will be awarded at BCP's October 2011 Professional Development Conference.

Lakeshore is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. We would like to thank Lakeshore for their generosity.

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