Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons)
You are invited to join DREF for its Les Liaisons Dangereuses theater party. Tickets are $50 each for “A Level” seats (comparable to orchestra seating). In case you are not familiar with Center Stage, please know that every seat is a good seat, really! Please call the DREF office (202-347-1337 ext. 228) to learn how you can “Step Up and Double Up” your support for the Foundation. Stepping Up may give you an opportunity to have a luncheon date with our leading lady: Suzzanne Douglas, who is committed to helping DREF make this a successful fundraiser. The DREF Theater Party will also include a talkback session after the performance.
Deadline:Friday, December 9, 2016
You can also purchase by check payable to DREF and mail directly to: Delta Research and Educational Foundation, 1703 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
A portion of your ticket cost will be a charitable donation to DREF.
Order your tickets today; this is a great way to spend an enjoyable evening this holiday season and treating someone to tickets to see Les Liaisons Dangereuses makes a great holiday gift! Kindly direct questions or concerns to Deborah Peaks Coleman, Director of Programs, via email: email@example.com or by calling 202-347-1337.
The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) is a comprehensive project that began in July 2014. The project had three main goals, which were referred to as prongs. With the assistance and sacrifice from our many supporters, we are excited to announce that all three goals have been accomplished.
With 200 plus educators completing the Teacher Efficacy Academy (TEA), the training prong was satisfied with statistical significant outcomes. We were very fortunate to have forty community partners located across the nation to assist us in fulfilling our advocacy prong. Each partner hosted a Call to Action Town Hall Forum, which increased community dialogue around teacher efficacy as it relates to school/community improvement.
Our last and final prong for this inaugural execution of DTEC is publication. This goal was accomplished with the release of the 2016-2017 Special Edition of the PHILLIS Journal. This special edition includes scholarly articles about DTEC, the content utilized in our unique curriculum, personal narratives sharing inspirational stories about education, and book reviews.
The theme of the Special Edition is "Education: It's A Heart Matter!"™
All support is much appreciated. Please share the 2016-2017 PHILLIS Journal, special edition availability with your networks and ask them to support the causes of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) by donating today!
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The Stephanie Tubbs Jones (STJ) Summer Internship Program for minority women is sponsored by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc
The intensive nine-week summer internship program begins June 1, and offers her an opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership, and careers in policy making progress. The intern will receive a stipend, housing, and engage in extracurricular learning activities. . The STJ Internship is supported by generous donations from the Clinton Family Foundation and the Delta soror and DC business woman, Michele V. Hagans.
Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) is proposing a paradigm shift in how our
students are both perceived and taught, a change in language to help lead the
movement for better educational outcomes for these students. We want to replace
the term “at-risk” with “at-promise,” for that is what these students represent—the
promise of brighter futures, improved outcomes, raised expectations, and
odds-beating lives that happen when we improve the quality of their education.
DTEC is an innovative collaboration between the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) to enhance teacher effectiveness that promotes learning and achievement for all children along with uniting educators and community stakeholders as active change agents for education. We have received generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support this imperative.
Our quest is nothing less than to change our children’s lives and futures. And to do that, we must focus more on their potential for achievement and progress than on the risks they face for falling through the cracks. Dr. Paulette C. Walker, president of DST, is an acclaimed multicultural education expert who has written about the need to upgrade our terminology from “at-risk” to “at-promise.”
“Far too often, children of color are viewed through dark-tainted glasses that see them as children at risk. In order for them to be viewed as children at promise, we must alter the lenses or change the glasses,” Dr. Walker stated in an article co-written with Martha S. Lue Stewart for Florida Educational Leaders.
Dr. Walker explains that these students face challenges related to the impact of high-stakes testing, the effects of demographic change, family poverty, a lack of culturally-responsive teachers, a lack of cultural-community connection, and issues related to access to technology.
DTEC was created to address the issues related to culturally-responsive teachers and the vital connection between a student’s culture and classroom dynamics. This past spring, DTEC offered free professional development training to 180 certified Pre- K through 6th grade teachers in urban school communities, aiming to give other teachers an opportunity to strengthen and improve their effectiveness.
Beginning in August and extending through October 2015, DTEC is partnering with local organizations in 40 communities nationwide to convene “Call to Action” Town Hall meetings. The goal is to substantially increase awareness among education supporters and expand the ranks of educational change agents in each target community.
We’re working to raise awareness of teacher efficacy, which increases teacher confidence and competency for successfully reaching and engaging with all students, particularly those who are at-promise, to help them achieve and succeed academically.
By doing this work through DTEC, we are creating a vibrant and impactful community of collaboration that leads to educational change and progress for our students. Teachers who have experienced our training share how it helps them become more aware of and sensitive to their students’ cultures, aptitudes, and potential and has given them tools that help them teach various subjects more effectively. They talk about how they can better relate to their students and the students’ parents and what a positive impact this is having.
Research shows that teachers confident in their own and their students’
abilities to achieve produce the strongest students able to achieve the best
academic results. Teacher efficacy is about building confidence and
awareness—of the teachers in themselves and their abilities to meet the many
daunting challenges of teaching, and of the teachers in the students’ abilities
to achieve and succeed. This translates into the students having more
confidence in themselves—and everybody wins.
We believe that any student can be motivated and educated to achieve academic success. As Dr. Walker says, we must all shift our perspectives and become change agents to move our children from at-risk to at-promise.
Dr. Johni Cruse Craig is project director for DTEC. For more information about DTEC, the upcoming community town halls, and the work of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, visit www.deltafoundation.net. Dr. Craig also encourages everyone to follow the Congressional Black Congress' Education Day events on September 16th.
There’s a positive trend in the air—the face of philanthropy is changing. Sure, the charity balls are still there along with the wealthy donors, but philanthropy is no longer their exclusive domain. Communities of color are giving more often and in larger amounts than before. Sixty-three percent of Latino households now make charitable donations, and African Americans give away 25 percent more of their income per year than whites. It’s all part of a groundbreaking movement to activate and organize giving within and on behalf of America’s communities of color—known as identity-based philanthropy.
For 10 days in April, The Delta Foundation will be part of the Cultures of Giving Donor Challenge, an online giving campaign to support nonprofits addressing high-priority issues in communities of color across the country. It celebrates America’s diverse traditions of giving while leveraging the impact of collective philanthropy to support communities in need. The Delta Foundation will be one of over 20 well-respected nonprofits, raising millions in donations from April 17th through 26th. During these 10 days, every dollar and donor will be worth more as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will match funds up to $20,000 and offer an additional $100,000 to the organization that raises the most money during the 10-day challenge. People will have a chance to make a real difference in the communities they care about.
The Cultures of Giving Donor Challenge coincides with National Volunteer Month. The good buzz from both efforts should work both ways. New donors will be introduced to great nonprofits. Those already active as leaders in their communities will feel encouraged by the exposure and outpouring of new donor dollars.
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How would you like to go down in history as the person who named the Delta Foundation e-Newsletter? Well, here's your chance. We are creating a new on-line publication and want to invite you to help launch this new information source by giving it a name.
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Grounded in a rich and deep tradition, we are seeking a name that reflects our successful and supportive efforts that impact the lives of African American woman and their families. Our Empowerment Grant making program; scholarship and fellowship opportunities; scholarly research and publications; DST Chapter services and engagement; and fundraising efforts are examples of some of our endeavors. Highlights from the work of the Foundation, our grantees, and volunteers are good news stories that need to be shared. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Twitter, updates, the “new”e-Newsletter will be a great way to stay updated, and interact with, the Delta Foundation.
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The contest begins on June 6, 2012 e-Newsletter name entries must be received by 11:59PM, June 20, 2012 (Eastern Standard Time).
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Throughout her 17-year career as an educator, Dr. Cruse-Craig has held various key roles: classroom teacher, Race to the Top Teacher Effectiveness Facilitator, curriculum and instruction specialist, assessment and data analysis leader, and process improvement and performance engagement leader. She has also performed duties related to professional learning and development, relationship and organizational development at the local and district levels.
The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign is being sponsored by DREF in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and will be implemented over the next few years. Dr. Alison J. Harmon, president of the DREF Board of Directors, explained: “The collaboration between DREF and the Sorority emanates from our joint commitment to ensure that all students are educated in a manner that prepares them to enter and excel in college, and, ultimately, create a thriving life and career for themselves.” She added: “We realize that the constant variable in the equation of student academic achievement is the teacher.”
The Delta Teacher Efficacy program is underwritten by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Harmon stated, “Our position on this issue is aligned with the Gates Foundation’s emphasis on ensuring students graduate from high school ready to succeed in a college program that will prepare them to support themselves, engage in their communities and achieve their dreams.”
The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign offers a multi-prong approach to strengthen teacher effectiveness: training teachers, informing local communities, and publishing a scholarly research publication on teacher efficacy.
Patricia W. Lattimore, CEO of DREF, states that the new project director has strong leadership skills in operations and change management. “Dr. Cruse-Craig brings a wealth of vital experience, theoretical and tactical to the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign. Our program aims to increase student achievement through effective teaching, and she has the expertise to direct our program to successfully achieve its goal of realizing effective teaching and student academic success,” said Lattimore.
Dr. Cruse-Craig has worked as a science and mathematics teacher in middle schools throughout the states of Georgia and North Carolina, and most recently served as Science Department Chair and Grade Level Science Lead Teacher for the DeKalb County School District in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. During her tenure there she increased the number of students meeting the expectations in the science department and successfully established instructional direction by prioritizing standards from analyzing student achievement data.
She was also responsible for facilitating teacher involvement in examining students work to improve instruction for a diverse student population. She supervised student teachers who have since started their careers as educators. As she embraced the 21st century skills and strategies, she served as a change agent in leading the paradigm shift by training and coaching teachers with effective technology integration.
According to Dr. Cruse-Craig, engaging and empowering parents, strengthening the home-school connection, positive and effective school and district leadership, a rigorous curriculum and prescribed professional development are essential components to teacher efficacy and increased student achievement. She created and implemented Parent Engagement workshops that empowered parents with knowledge of the 21st century learning environment. Parents were engaged at these workshops with opportunities to complete hands-on activities that increased their level of comfort with 21st century skills and strategies. This knowledge was adopted and shared at a regional level at Parent Universities. Dr. Cruse-Craig believes that knowledge is power; however, the sharing and application of knowledge is more powerful.
Her dedication to enhancing the knowledge and collaboration for teacher efficacy resulting in increased student achievement as the project director is best summarized by the following statement. “My passion runs deep and is like a consuming fire that radiates and transfers into my every thought... I am humbly grateful to serve in such a capacity, as this is a calling and not a job,” stated Dr. Cruse-Craig.
The Delta Teacher Efficacy project director earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and instruction from the Argosy University in Atlanta, GA in 2011 and the education specialist degree in 2006 from the same institution. She earned a master’s degree in middle grades mathematics and science from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA in 2004 and a certification for educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA in 2005. Dr. Cruse-Craig completed her undergraduate studies at Shaw University (Raleigh, NC), receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1997. She joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the fall of 1996 while a collegiate at Shaw University (Alpha Rho Chapter).
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A matching grant in the amount of $450,000 has been awarded to DREF for its Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, a three-year collaboration that focuses on enhancing teacher preparedness to result in greater successful academic performance of students.The grant will be matched by DREF and will provide the funds necessary to conduct the nationwide initiative on teacher efficacy.
Dr. Alison J. Harmon, president of DREF observed that the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign has a multi-faceted approach, including a Delta Teacher Efficacy Academy where educators will receive training, an advocacy component to engage all key stakeholders in this effort, and publishing a scholarly journal to document findings and vital strategies to enhance teacher effectiveness. “Realizing that the most important variable in the equation of student academic achievement is the teacher, our teacher efficacy campaign supports the position that the academic success of students is achieved through effective teaching,” stated Dr. Harmon, an educator.
The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign will support teachers serving students of color as it considers the key findings of the Measures of Effective Teaching research project conducted by the Gates Foundation. DREF focuses on ensuring that 80 percent of students will graduate from high school with the knowledge and academic preparedness needed to complete college by 2025.
The Delta Research and Educational Foundation is a 501 © (3) entity, which promotes research, and identifies and fashions solutions to issues affecting African American women and their families, nationally and globally. For more information see Teacher Efficacy.
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Advocacy in Action: 100 Years of Social Action in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a book chronicling the contributions of Deltas to the enactment of civil rights and social justice public law and policy, and the fair implementation of the same from 1913 through 2013. This publication has also inspired the design of the Advocacy in Action Tote, allowing the book and personal items to be carried in style.
The book was produced by the Centennial Social Action History Project Working Group, which consisted of former members of the Sorority’s Social Action Commission and lead Claudia Nelson as the principal author. The cover, designed by Yanique Moore, is a female triangle silhouette that celebrates women of social action through the decades. In honor of the Centennial Celebration for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the book and artwork were donated to the Delta Research and Education Foundation and are now available to you.
Get your copy to learn about the social action history of Delta and how the vision of the Founders to be more and to do more “for the community in which [they] were going” has been, and continues to be fulfilled by those who call themselves Deltas. Item Now Available!
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The scholarship award of $5,000 will be made over a two-year period, beginning with the junior year of study through the senior year; applicants must apply during their sophomore year. A major component of the Mentoring Keys Scholarship will include a Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel to assist the scholarship awardee in achieving academic success and personal development.
Criteria for Applicant
- Have incoming junior classification majoring in business related fields at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
- Possess a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
- Have ongoing regular check-in with Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel during junior and senior years
- Have permanent residency in KeyBank service area
Applicant must have permanent residency (home address) in one of the following states, where KeyBank has a presence: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
Mentoring Key Advisory Panel
The Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel will mentor the scholarship recipients in the following areas: professional development, personal development, and civic engagement.
Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) Town Hall Advocacy Sessions
The organizations selected to conduct the Town Hall Advocacy Sessions are expected to stimulate dialogue and support teacher effectiveness through enhanced efficacy. The partnering organizations will serve as on-the-ground agents for DREF, logistically facilitating the Town Hall Advocacy Sessions in their communities. DREF will provide a toolkit for implementation, and training for the locally-identified facilitators.
In November 2014, DREF and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. issued a Call to Action to increase public dialogue on teacher efficacy. The goal of the three-year Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, made possible by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is to improve educational outcomes for at-risk urban youth by focusing on teacher effectiveness in 40 target cities.
Eligibility: The partnering organizations must be nonprofits that serve in the community and share the perspective of DREF, DST and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for leading change in education, enhancing teacher efficacy, and increasing student achievement.
Deadline: January 30, 2015 by 4:00pm. Selected organizations will also receive a $1,000 stipend. Partners will be announced on February 27, 2015.
For a copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP), Download from the top of this page, or email project director, Dr. Johni Cruse-Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town Hall Advocacy component represents one of the three DTEC focus areas. In addition, DREF will conduct a six-week Teacher Efficacy Academy for teachers in the 40 communities where the nonprofit partners conduct the Town Hall Advocacy Sessions. The 2016 edition of DREF’s scholarly journal, PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women will focus around components of the DTEC.
The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) is committed to Creating Possibilities…Improving Lives. Each donation we receive helps change a life, opens a doorway to higher educational achievement, creates a positive lifestyle for veterans, provides wage-increasing skills training for jobs that support families, or wells that for the first time bring clean, drinking water to Kenyan and Haitian school children. Your donations make it possible!
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, we ask that you support DREF for #GivingTuesday and Give the Gift of Possibilities to help us continue to change the lives of African American women and their families.
The idea of #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday immediately following Thanksgiving, derives from the retail industry and “Black Friday” which symbolically kicks off the holiday shopping season. Thus, #GivingTuesday, serves as a celebratory, designated day to kick off the season of giving. This international day of giving inspires personal philanthropy and encourages thoughtful and collective giving during the holiday season, when many make their holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts.
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2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women
PHILLIS solicits scholarly writings by and about African American women across all disciplines that seek to advance the history, contributions and relevancy of African American women. Works are intellectually challenging, promote debate, and seek to deepen the scholarly discussion on the global experience of women of the African diaspora. We look forward to publishing articles engaging gender, race, culture, class, nationality, and/or sexuality either as a central focus or as constitutive analytics. We seek exciting essays that support new inquiries or prompt constructive and corrective debate.
The theme for the 2015 edition of PHILLIS, “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement,” seeks to present articles on the leadership and participation of women as leaders and members in organizations and events that will observe milestones in 2015. As the nation reflects upon the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (1861-1865), we want to take this opportunity to add to the canon and publish works that focus on the contributions of African American women to the freedom struggle in America. This enduring theme is manifested in the abolitionist, women’s, civil and human rights movements. The year 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the death of Malcolm X. In this issue, we want to more broadly explore the roles of African American women over the last 150 years in confronting issues of oppression and providing leadership to bring about change.
We seek papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the following topics:
- Black women and voting rights
- Black women and the quest for equal and equitable education
- Black women and social justice activism
- Black women's organizations and their involvement with political engagement
- Black women involved in the criminal justice system
- Black women’s reproductive health
- Black women as political leaders and in the fight for political rights
- Black women’s online social networks, and #hashtag social justice activism
- Black women as media owners
- Black women's involvement in the United Nations
- Black women and international involvement (anti-apartheid, freedom movements)
- Black women’s contribution to the mainstreaming of African Americans and women into American society, i.e. inclusion in the workforce, charitable service, civic engagement and other roles
- The significance of Black women in achieving major gains in American social movements
- The intersectionality of Black women’s lives and socioeconomic factors that precipitated/precipitates their participation in civic engagement
This issue of PHILLIS will be cross-disciplinary in its theorizing and methodology, will be original, engaging, distinctive, well-written, and concise.
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How to Participate in Educators Unite Day“We know that teachers have to connect with their students and motivate them before learning and achievement truly occurs. That’s why DTEC is working to engage the community beyond the classroom to advocate and actively support teachers’ efforts to be the educational change agents that our children so desperately need. ‘Educators Unite Day’ signals that our students need all of us to be actively engaged,” said Dr. Cruse Craig, DTEC Project Director.
Nationwide, highly visible “Educators Unite Day” events are being planned as one part of DTEC’s effort to enhance teachers’ confidence in their ability to inspire and lead predominantly at-risk students to academic success. Throughout the day, students, parents, teachers and community stakeholders will wear the signature tee-shirt imprinted with “Teacher Efficacy…Believing Is Achieving.”
Teachers are encouraged to teach their students about the word “efficacy” and allow them to participate in poem and essay writing contests. Teachers and students can also share their experience on social media and post how the word “efficacy” directly affects them. Parents, local businesses, and members of community organizations are also being encouraged to wear the signature tee-shirt, post on social media using the event’s hashtag #EducatorsUniteDay and creating their own acknowledgements of “Educators Unite Day.”
The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) is a collaboration between The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) funded by a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The three-year campaign is comprised of a three-pronged strategy to unite educators and community stakeholders working to enhance teacher effectiveness that promotes learning and achievement among at-risk students. The campaign goal is to increase graduation rates.
For more information about how to participate in “Educators Unite Day,” order tee-shirts,student contest entry rules, and more about DTEC Click Here or contact Dr. Johni Cruse Craig · 202-347-1337 · DTEC@deltafoundation.net
Education Recharge Rally in Houston, TX to bring together community stakeholders and educators to increase graduation rates among socially and economically disadvantaged, urban youth.
Washington, DC – July 14, 2015 - The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST, have joined forces under the umbrella of their joint project, the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) to issue a nationwide “Call to Action” in support of teachers who motivate all of their students to achieve academic success regardless of life circumstances. The interactive DTEC Education Recharge Rally scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballrooms A, B and Foyer, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX, serves to heighten the public’s awareness about teacher efficacy and the positive impact it has on learning, academic achievement, prospects for graduation, and college entrance among urban, at-risk students.
“The availability of effective teachers for every child is a social justice issue. We’re working to ensure that 80 percent of students graduate from high school with the knowledge and academic preparedness needed to complete college by 2025,” stated Carolyn E. Lewis, Delta Research and Educational Foundation president. DTEC is funded by a three-year matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a goal of enhancing teacher effectiveness that promotes learning and achievement for all children along with uniting educators and community stakeholders as active change agents for education.
The anticipated 400 audience members, gathering under the event banner of “Change Agents for Education,” will hear energizing presentations by featured speakers, Gwendolyn E. Boyd D.D., president, Alabama State University and 22nd National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Manuel “Manny” Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers and a nationally-renowned motivational speaker. Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
"An invitation is extended to the Houston community to join us as we reach out and recruit more change agents for education who know that motivated and inspired teachers are keys to a child’s successful education journey,” said Paulette Walker, Ed.D, president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST). “I believe that our children are not at-risk. They are all at-promise. It will take all of us to make sure each child knows and believes that a positive and hopeful future can be theirs,” Walker added.
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school district in Texas, and the seventh largest in the United States. It consists of 283 schools with 215,157 students. Some 75.5% of the students are economically disadvantaged; 62.1% are Hispanic; 24.9% are African American; 8.2% are white and 3.6% are Asian. The dropout rate for African American students as officially reported in 2013 was 14.3% as compared to a 4.0% dropout rate for white students.
“Central to DTEC is the drive to increase the awareness and application of teacher efficacy. We’re working to increase the confidence and skills of teachers, particularly those working with at-risk and underserved students,” said Johni Cruse Craig, Ed.D, DTEC project director. “Increased teacher efficacy leads to better outcomes in academic performance and graduation rates. Education is a heart matter,” she added.
In addition to the community advocacy strategy, DTEC established the Teacher Efficacy Academy (TEA) and enrolled 180, certified K-6 grade school teachers currently serving as classroom teachers in urban school districts. Participating teachers received free professional development designed to enhance their knowledge of teacher efficacy along with instructional strategies on literacy and math. The Academy’s success prompted DTEC to enroll another teacher group in the fall and expand participation for teachers through grade 12.
Beginning in August 2015, DTEC and community partners in 40 cities nationwide will host interactive Town Hall Meetings to expand the understanding and the importance of teacher efficacy in relationship to student academic achievement. The overall advocacy goal is to substantially increase awareness among education supporters and expand the ranks of educational change agents in each target community.
The Gates grant also funds the research that increases the body of qualitative and quantitative literature devoted to teacher efficacy. Publication of the academic research on the subject will appear in the 2016 edition of DREF’s scholarly journal, PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women.
The Education Recharge Rally is open to the public, with limited seating available. Houston-area educators, parents, business owners, city officials and members of the Houston-area community-at-large are invited to attend. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on-site.
For more information about DTEC, the Town Hall Meetings, Delta Research and Education Foundation, and to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.deltafoundation.net.
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Washington, DC- October 31, 2016 - The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), a non-profit organization committed to empowering African American women and their families, recently conducted a research project on civic engagement and the Black woman’s vote. The survey was conducted among a national pool of women and men to understand their level of engagement in the election process and their willingness to participate in #hashtag activism. Respondents reflect a general population augmented with an oversample of African Americans so that the data could be analyzed by race and gender, yielding a margin of error of +/-5%.
The research project was conducted by DREF’s Center for Research on African American Women led by its Sister Scholars Advisory Council. The DREF research project presents three important findings: 1) the potential for impactful messaging for civic engagement utilizing hashtag campaigns, 2) a high percentage of apathetic low income voters believe their vote really does not matter, and 3) there is a low percentage of African American women who donate to political campaigns. The results of the survey will be shared with DREF constituents and collaborative women’s organizations that are also promoting civic engagement through voter education including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Black Women’s Agenda, the National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, and the Black Women’s Roundtable, Higher Heights (an organization of Black Women in Politics), the New York Women’s Foundation, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and other organizations.
DREF Board of Directors President Carolyn E. Lewis of New Orleans stated, “We need to educate all persons on the issues impacted by the election and encourage them to raise their voice at the ballot box for every local, state, and national election because their vote does matter,” said Lewis. She added, “The priority is to ensure that our community outreach efforts are effective in getting voters to the polls on November 8th.”
The research on Black women and the vote is the first of several surveys to be conducted by DREF in the coming year. Other topics include the impact of guns in the African American community. Another survey will focus on Black women entrepreneurs.
DREF was established in 1967 by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to charitable and educational programming.
Contact: Joanne L. Williams
As the year nears an end, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) is looking forward to the New Year with much excitement and anticipation! In 2017, our Foundation will commemorate its Golden Anniversary-- 50 years since we were established to provide charitable and educational programming. This is a time to celebrate and advance our mission to higher heights!
As DREF celebrates this milestone, we will share with you vignettes of our historical markers reflecting on how we have made a difference in the lives of African American women and their families. This 50th year will also be a launching pad for the expansion of our research initiatives focused on African American women, and DREF’s educational development programs like the innovative Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC).
We aim to grow our fund development resources which will help us award more scholarships,internships and fellowships. In addition, our goal is to increase the amount and number of Community Empowerment Grants awarded annually. We need to continue the work that transforms lives. But, DREF can’t do it alone.
We need your involvement and support. We know how much more DREF can accomplish, and we continue to need the help of our friends and donors. So please, during this annual season of giving make your tax-deductible gift that creates possibilities and improves the lives of African American women and their families.
Best wishes for a safe, healthy and joy-filled holiday season.
Warmly, Carolyn E. Lewis, President
DREF announces the 2017-2018 Community Empowerment Grants, Scholarships, and the STJ Internship. Apply Now!
DREF’s Center for Research on African American Presented the Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Social Justice Institute Forum
The Congressional Black Caucus on Black Women and Girls (CBWG) was formed in March 2016 by Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Yvette D. Clarke (d-NY) at the behest of #SheWoke, a collective started by seven advocates and thought leaders across the country.
Panelists included: Bonnie Watson Coleman, Democrat, 12 Congressional District of NJ ; Aryn Frazier, 4th year student at UVA and 2017 Rhodes Scholar; a representative from #SheWoke; a representative from the Sister Scholars Advisory Council in DREF's Center for Research on African American Women; and Carolyn E. Lewis, DREF President.
DTEC Offers Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for Educators. Limited Number of Participants and Limited Time to Register. Sign Up Today!
The four-week, Teacher Efficacy Academy (TEA) “Education: It’s a Heart Matter” E-Course presented under the auspices of the twenty-two week DTEC Teacher Efficacy Academy will focus on the training prong originally included in DTEC’s three-prong approach. The companion prongs include conducting advocacy sessions for communities and publishing scholarly research on teacher efficacy and student achievement. In combination, DTEC works to support teachers who motivate all of their students to achieve academic success regardless of life circumstances.
- Re-ignite the passion to lead impactful change in their classrooms and communities,
- Shift their perspectives about the external and internal factors that have an effect upon student outcomes, and
- Understand how knowledge in areas of culturally relevant teaching, explicit and implicit biases that result in stereotype threats increases teacher efficacy and student achievement
Educators registering for the “Education: It’s a Heart Matter” E-Course will receive a certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for one (1) CEU for renewals and re-certifications upon successful completion of the 4-week program. In addition, participants will receive a DTEC Change Agent Certificate.
HOW TO REGISTER
Cost per person, per cohort for the 4-week E-Course is $75. There are three cohorts with limited capacity in each grouping.Make your selection and click on the link below to register for the cohort of your choice. Space is limited and acceptance is on a first come-first served basis.
- Cohort l April 17-May 19, 2017 Registration Deadline: April 10, 2017
- Cohort ll May 22-June 23, 2017 Registration Deadline: May 15, 2017
- Cohort lll June 26-July 28, 2017 Registration Deadline: June 19, 2017
*All registration deadlines are 11:59 pm EDT on the day listed.*
For more information about the “Education: It’s a Heart Matter” E-Course offering or professional learning and development options for your school, district or organization, contact Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, Director, DTEC, at DTEC@deltafoundation.net, or 202-347-1337.
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…Here’s a sampling of what past DTEC Teacher Efficacy Academy participants had to say…