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Hampton City Schools – HCS Connects – October 30, 2019

Hampton City Schools – HCS Connects – October 30, 2019


(upbeat music) – Hello, and welcome to HCS Connects. I’m Kellie Goral with
Hampton City Schools. Today we have Dr. Bruce Copeland with us who is our coordinator of our
school social work services So welcome to HCS Connects. – Thank you, thank you for having me. – Now we had talked earlier,
but I want you to kind of share with the audience, what
exactly is school social work? – Well school social work,
our jobs in the school system are to help eliminate barriers
to children being able to succeed academically in school. Those barriers typically
center around things that may happen in the home environment. We support teaching and learning
by working with students individually, maybe working
with students in groups and also being in the community
interacting with families and community organizations
that support children. Sometimes children may have
problems with attendance and the attendance problems may be related to something that’s occurring
in the home environment. So we try to support
families so that students can be in school everyday
and have an equal chance at succeeding in school and in life. They may have discipline
concerns, they may have academic concerns, but we work with a
variety of different people trying to link the home,
school, and community together in partnership to help
students be successful. – That’s wonderful, I mean, what a great resource for those students. Now there are two big,
not events necessarily. Ones an event and ones actually a program that are coming out of your department. One of them is the
R.I.S.E. mentoring program and that’s new to Hampton
City Schools or fairly new. So tell us, what is the
R.I.S.E. mentoring program? – Well, first of all, let me tell you what R.I.S.E. stands for. It stands for reach, inspire,
support, and empower. So what we want to do here
in Hampton City Schools through our department,
and also in partnership with the city, we’ve been
working with Mayor Tuck around the vision for this program and our vision will
include providing mentors to five middle schools in Hampton. Those schools are Eaton,
Andrews, Syms, Tarrant, and Lindsay middle schools,
and we want to work with those students around the concept
of social emotional learning and that concept has five core components and those components are: self
awareness, social awareness, self management, relationship
skills, and decision making. So what we want to do is to
pair mentors with students in each one of those middle
schools so that those mentors can encourage and support
students around growth in those areas of social emotional development. Which the research tells
us there’s a correlation between an increase in your
social emotional development and academic performance in school. So we’re asking mentors to
commit to a two and a half year involvement in this program. – And that’s really
because your middle schools are sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. So I’m assuming the two and
a half years is the hope that we’re pairing students
up as they’re either going through those middle school
years or they’re transitioning from middle school to high school. Would that be an accurate statement? – Yes, we’re going to, at this point we’re going to target seventh graders. Typically we would spend the entire year with a seventh grader and then also follow them through eighth grade. We had planned to start
just a little earlier so that’s where the two and a half year commitment comes from, but at
this point it would probably be a complete two year
commitment where we’re asking mentors to meet with the
students at least twice a month. So therefore, it’s not an
extremely difficult commitment to honor because the meeting
time with the student will be on site at school,
merely twice a month. So that’s the way we have it structured and we think that will work best. – And that really is a great age to target for this mentoring program
because middle school with, you know, hormones
and maturity and puberty. That is a difficult,
those are difficult years. I can say that as a past
teacher–middle school teacher, a past middle school coach, a past middle school administrator
and having my own children. One that has gone through middle school. So that is great that
that is really diving in to that seventh and eighth
grade year, where that’s just a difficult year regardless
for young people. – Yeah, and developmentally
it is a difficult year. I think adolescents in that
age range, that middle school age range, they have a lot
of challenges with defining themselves as people, going
from childhood into adolescence and young adulthood, and
we want them to be prepared for their high school experience. So rather than to wait until
they get to high school, realize they have challenges
and try to be reactive, I think involving ourselves with students at the middle school
level is a very solid, proactive approach to ensuring
that we can help each student be successful in high school and leave as college and career ready. – That’s excellent. Now mentors, where are
these mentors coming from? – Well, we’re doing an
all call to the community. We don’t have any restrictions on mentors beyond the fact that we
will want them to complete a background check
because of safety reasons, safety reasons for the mentors, safety reasons for the student, but if they come back
with a background check that is complete, then
anyone can be a mentor. Any adult can be a mentor, male or female. It doesn’t matter your
occupation or your experience. – [Kellie] If you have a passion for young children
– Exactly, yeah – And you want to be a mentor
then this is the thing for you. Now, let’s say I want to become a mentor, I go through this background
check, you know, it passes. What are some of the
resources that we’re providing our mentors so that they are
successful with our students. – Okay, we’re going to
provide training for them which is probably the major
tool that they’ll need. They’ll need to complete
a training program and the training program is not intense. We merely would probably work
with them a couple of hours around helping them to
understand the concepts that we hope to inspire and teach children around the social emotional
learning concepts. Many of our mentors may not be familiar with it because those are classic educational approaches to helping children So we would want to bring them
into the arena of educators learning a little bit more
about social emotional learning and just some of the basic
rules, the dos and don’ts that you would have to keep in mind when working with young people. Safety rules, those sorts of things and being able to understand how the school environment works. Who’s your resource in the
school? Who’s should you go talk to if something occurs? What are the proper channels
and chains of command that you should follow. Those types of things. We would spend approximately
two hours talking with them about that and
they’ll be on their way. – Excellent, so if somebody
wants to become a mentor, how would they go about doing that? – Okay, the easiest way
is to call our office. – [Kellie] That’s the
school social work office? – The school social work office and that number is 757-727-2440. We can walk them through
a one page, approximately one page application
process or direct them to an online link that they
can go online and complete the application, and the
application will come to us. Sometimes they want a
little bit more information about the program so a phone
call to us is usually helpful because we can explain
to them individually and arrange the training
that they might need and also arrange for them
to have a background check. Which Hampton City Schools
will help them with. – But there is information
on the school social work website, which that can be
found off the HCS website. There’s tabs at the top, they
go to the departments tab and then click on your
link, your department link. There is information there
beyond just the application process that if they would
like to become a mentor. – Right, we have, on that
website, we have a document that says “Frequently
Asked Questions” and most of the questions that
most people would have would be answered in that
document and then if they need more clarification
they’re able to call us. – That’s a wonderful program
and we are definitely calling for mentors to
come and participate and you know, be that positive
influence for our young people, those middle school children. Now there is an exciting
event that’s coming up soon. It’s a 10th annual event, why don’t you tell us about that conference? – Okay, and we’re very excited about the 10th Annual Boys Conference. Over the years, we’ve
become very successful and been able to do the conference. We do realize that a
one day conference won’t completely change the lives
of everyone that’s there, but I think it’s the cumulative
effect of all that we do, the mentoring program,
the Boys Conference, but the Boys Conference is a one-day event which will be held on November 23rd. We’re excited, this year
because, previously we would use the school location, but
we have a partnership now with Hampton University and
the Department of Counseling. So, we thought– – [Kellie] The Department
of Counseling at HU? – The Department of Counseling
at Hampton University. So we’re partnering with
them to be able to merge their resources with our resources to give the children the maximum benefit. We’re going to use their
facilities this year. For some of our students, it may be the first time that they’ve
been on a college campus and we will be able to
benefit from the expertise of their trained professionals
in the counseling department. We have dynamic speakers
who present workshops. Our keynote speaker
this year is going to be Aaron Rouse, he is currently
a city council person on the Virginia Beach City
Council, but he also played professional football
for the New York Giants and several other NFL football teams. He has a compelling
life story that we would like the students to hear
and it will inspire them to know that they can achieve
whatever it is they desire if they work hard enough,
and we also have quite a few local workshop presenters,
again, with very compelling stories and they will follow
the workshop guidelines that we have around
social emotional learning. So our workshops are not merely people just discussing things that they been through and saying, don’t do what I do. We actually use the concept
of social emotional learning so each one of our
workshops will be titled self awareness, social
awareness, decision making, relationship skills, self management. So, when the students
attend our workshops, those speakers are
speaking to those concepts, but they’re using their
experiences to help explain further why those concepts are important. – Now you said this is a
boys conference, so obviously the target audience is young men but, specifically, what grade level? – Okay, middle school and high school. – [Kellie] Middle school
and high school boys? – Yes, any middle school boy
or male student in high school, they’re welcome to attend the conference. The conference is free,
we provide a breakfast, we provide lunch and in some
instances, if there’s a concern with transportation we try to
support that and find a way to help those who don’t have any
other resource to get there. – [Kellie] So it’s
November, say that again? – It’s November 23rd
– From what time? – 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. – [Kellie] So, a full day
conference for our middle school and high school young men?
– Yes. – Now if I would like
to register my child, how would I go about
registering them, and is there a deadline that they need to register by? – The deadline is November
15th, the registration process can occur in a
couple of ways, again, they can call our office,
but if they go the the Hampton City Schools website and the school social work department. – [Kellie] So back to that school social work department link. – To that link, there’s
another tab that says Boys Conference, there they can
complete the application online or they can also use their
electronic mobile phone. There’s a UR code, they
would merely need to scan it and the registration will
appear on their phone, their smart phone and they
can register that way. – [Kellie] Lots of
different ways to register and there’s still time. – Lots of different ways to
register and there’s still time. – As November 15th will be the
deadline for the registration of the Boys Conference, which sounds like a great opportunity for our sixth through 12th grade
students, male students. Okay, so lots going on,
and so I’m glad we actually got you here then to talk
about all this, because I’m surprised you even had
a moment to step away. – Yeah, but we enjoyed
the opportunity to be here and also the opportunity
to communicate on a broader scale what we’re trying to do. – Excellent, well thank you so
much for being here with us. – Thank you for having me. – And thank you for
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