Maynard H. Jackson
International Baccalaureate (IB) Leadership Meeting Minutes
Tuesday May 17, 2011
The meeting began with introductions. The team members reviewed the mission statement and made the following changes:
Initial Mission Statement
Ensure a rigorous academic program for all students that develop inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring global citizens
Empower our school community to foster a peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect
Revised Mission Statement
- Ensure a rigorous academic program for all students that develop critical and creative thinkers and caring global citizens
- Empower our school community to cultivate a more peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect
Ms. Leslie Grant of Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools (SEACS) presented an idea for utilizing the rooftop to create a school garden. She suggested that this would be a great idea for students to earn community service hours through the IB Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) component.
Mr. Kamal Nuri of Truly Living Well talked about urban farmer and the possibility of Maynard H. Jackson High School students growing organic, chemical and pesticide free food on the rooftop of the high school. He proposed embedding the garden experience into the IB curriculum-particularly the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
Ms. Kyla Zaromoore, a community environmental educator for the Southeastern Horticultural Society, expressed the desire to partner with Maynard H. Jackson High School to assist teachers with strategies on how to use the garden as a classroom. She currently supervises summer camps for students to practice gardening. She also stated that students will enhance their technological skills by utilizing the internet to advertise the agricultural products they will grow. Coan middle school teachers will be training on developing garden-based lesson plans and units.
Shannon Smith of SoulShine would like to create an entrepreneur leadership agricultural program that would be owned and operated by the students at Maynard H. Jackson High School. She currently operates a business with elementary school students; the students make crafts with the proceeds from the sale of these items being donated to impoverished women in India. She stated that some students thrive better out of the classroom and the ownership of an agricultural business would foster leadership in students and empower them to be responsible citizens.
Ashley Rouse, a sustainability specialist from Sodexo-Jackmont was instrumental in recruiting experts in the field of urban farming.
Ms. Etienne LeGrand, president and co-founder of the W.E.B. Dubois Society shared information about the in-school program where students are assisted with making good choices and are provided with twenty-first century skills. Dubois’ programs aim to disrupt the thinking and culture of anti-intellectualism and instill in children an appreciation for academic success and achievement. Through the Dubois experience, students learn important skills and have the opportunity to compete globally. Ms. LeGrand suggested that the phrase “critical and creative thinkers” be added to the mission statement. Her organization’s website is www.webduboissociety.org.
Mr. Virgil Murray, Executive Director of the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation provided information about Foundation and its leadership components. It is designed to assist students with developing leadership and communications skills as well as critical thinking skills. The foundation provides a nine month Leadership Academy program for high school students. The Academy focuses on leadership, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, public service and civic engagement, and college preparation and continued education. Dr. Travis Tatum, the husband of Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Tatum, teaches critical thinking skills to the foundation’s students.
Isolda Antonio, program coordinator for student support spoke about the Jump Start program offered to all rising 9th graders in APS to help them transition to high school. The program focuses on skills such as organization, time management, and Avid strategies. Ms. Antonio also distributed flyers to all team members.
The IB application submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2011. There will be an informational session for parents of Pre-IB accepted students on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Maynard H. Jackson High.
There will be a Pre-IB Diploma Program Discussion and Small Learning Communities’ Showcase on Tuesday May, 17, 2011 at 7:00p.m. at Maynard H. Jackson High School.