College to host Juvenile Deliquency Prevention/Intervention Summit
April 15, 2011
The college will host the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention/Intervention Summit 2011 on Wednesday, May 4th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lake Campus 43. Educational, community, and governmental stakeholders/providers will meet to develop practices and policies regarding the aversion of juvenile delinquency in the Greater New Orleans community and beyond. All sessions are by invitation only.
According to the event’s organizer, Dr. Racquel Ezell the college’s Assistant Professor, “We are selecting community members who we believe have a sincere and heartfelt interest in the restoration of our youth.” The summit will be facilitated by students in the College of Education and Human Development and based on the input and recommendations of students attending Schwarz Alternative High School.
December 2, 2010
Dr. Allen-Jones (left) and
SUNO draws a crowd at education conference
October 13, 2010
The University was well-represented at the 26th annual conference of the Greater New Orleans Associatio for the Education of Young Children by a team of two–Dr. Glenda Allen-Jones and Mrs. Shanell Johnson-Washington. Dr. Allen Jones, Chair and Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, and Johnson-Washington, an Early Childhood Education major, both conducted their presentation at the conference, which was held at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in September.
The ladies conducted their “Children and Books: A Formula for Success” presentation to promote literacy in the early childhood years. The presentation focused early reading skills such as phonemic awareness, and it was also designed to help establish a solid foundation in literacy. Presentation attendees also learned the value of fostering a love for books in order to help spark children’s curiosity about the world.
Not only does Johnson-Washington learn these valuable skills in the classroom, but she also gets a chance to put her SUNO education to work. The proud mother reads to her child, Kameryn, 30 minutes per night, and she asks questions to gauge her kindergartner’s comprehension. Johnson-Washington even acts out the characters in the books. This, of course, makes the proud professor beam with pride. “She’s putting into practice what she’s learning,” says Dr. Allen-Jones. “I know she’ll inspire other students.” Johnson-Washington, who received her Associate of Arts from Delgado Community College, aspires to open to her own daycare center.
For Dr. Allen-Jones, the biggest vote of confidence she and Johnson-Washington received was the attendance at their presentation. She speaks proudly of seeing people trickle into their session to eventually fill the room to just under 50 attendees. The experience also inspired Dr. Allen-Jones to keep her eye on the big picture. Having served on Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Youth and Families Transition New Orleans Task Force, Dr. Allen-Jones sees a bigger mission in the importance of getting the message of early childhood literacy out to the community. Confidently, she asserts, “I see SUNO Early Childhoo Education definitely shaping that effort.”
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