Engaging and Empowering Students from Underrepresented and Underserved Populations to Succeed in School

Posted by on April 13, 2009

Live, Online Professional Development Opportunity:

Being T.R.U.U.E. – Strategies for Engaging and Empowering Students from Underrepresented and Underserved Populations to Succeed in School.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, in partnership with the Center for Schools and Communities, is privileged to offer a one-hour, live, online professional development opportunity entitled, Being T.R.U.U.E. – Strategies for Engaging and Empowering Students from Underrepresented and Underserved Populations to Succeed in School with presenter Carlos Ojeda, Jr., who serves as President and CEO of the Carlos Ojeda Jr. Organization. The session will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST).

A synopsis of this live, online session is as follows:

This workshop is designed to share strategies for engaging and empowering underserved students for greater success in school. Participants will examine strategies that helped one university increased its incoming class of multicultural students – raising the level of participation from 4.9% to 16.1% in three years. Participants will also learn how this innovative approach is being utilized by a national student leadership program with outstanding success. Participants will understand how to implement “Being T.R.U.U.E.” techniques on a local level to increase participation among underserved students and further advance academic learning of children within the public school system.

The presenter, Carlos Ojeda Jr., received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Bloomsburg University. He also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration focusing on business development, entrepreneurship, and organization development from Kutztown University. He is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s and has served on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition.

This professional development opportunity is for 21st Century Community Learning Center program staff, as well as coordinators and program personnel of academic and enrichment initiatives, held before and/or after the school bell rings.

The following workshop objectives were established for this session:

.    Participants will understand how to address issues of underserved children and families;
.    Participants will learn targeted strategies to engage and empower underserved children;
.    Participants will learn national strategies proven effective for helping children succeed in school.

If you have any questions about this online presentation, please contact Cara Akright, Youth Development Coordinator at (717) 763-1661, ext. 194 or via email at cakright@csc.csiu.org.


To register for this online session, click on the link to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers web site, or copy and paste the link into your web browser:


There is no cost to participate, but seating is limited for this live event.

All registrants will receive an email confirmation regarding the status of their participation and instructions on how to access the meeting room in order to participate in the event.

Downloading the necessary software to participate in this live, online session is easy and can be obtained for free. Further instructions will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Act 48 Credits

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates.
Participants must attend the workshop from beginning to end to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Please note: In order to receive Act 48 credit you MUST list your Professional ID number on the appropriate Act 48 paperwork supplied at the event. If you are unsure of your Professional ID number, you can look it up prior to the event, by going to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at http://www.pde.state.pa.us and clicking on the “Act 48 Reporting System” link under the Access Services column, and then click on the “Get Your Professional Personnel ID” link and complete the required information.

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