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You. May think it is anything I see. In me. Hello I'm Ed saw Dela host of a new series on KIRO made TV called Prime Time. Your opportunity to learn about the Denver Public Schools and become involved in the
activities of the school home and community which will help Denver school children to achieve educational excellence in this first program Dr. Joseph Brzezinski superintendent of the Denver Public Schools discusses what is the prime time project. Dr. Maryanne possum director of the project explains how school home and community will be working together. We'll visit a classroom at Gold rec elementary school and go to a home where prime time activities are taking place. Then there's a prize trophy at Swansea school that's hugged loved and petted. These are the stories coming up this week on prime time. Dr. Joseph Brzezinski has been superintendent of the Denver public schools since 1977. He was born in Denver and received his education in the Denver schools. Dr. Brzezinski has two degrees from Denver University and his Ph.D. in school administration from Columbia University. He knows the Denver Public Schools well as a teacher and before becoming superintendent as an
administrator for research planning business and administrative services. Dr. Joseph Brzezinski is the prime mover behind prime time Channel 6 recently interviewed the superintendent about the Denver schools everyone talks about quality education as if the term was honestly and clearly understood. As the person ultimately responsible for quality education in Denver. What is your definition. Well I suppose quality education first of all would be acquiring the basic skills it would mean transmitting than I do the insights and the attitudes that are necessary for success in our society in our world. Developing the skills that are required to hold a job to be successful in our choice of occupation. Being able to cope with change because that seems to be one of the constants in our. Present world. For a person to be truly educated and have quality education we have to enable them to have their curiosity stimulated. We need to encourage
excellence and I suppose we could sum up our lives by encouraging them. How to Think how to meet problems. Not what to think. I know they did last but I had a minister and a staff and you have consistently encouraged parent and community involvement in the public schools. Specifically how can parents become involved with the school to help their children are successful students. Well first of all the reason we've encouraged it is that any good school system is dependent upon strong demanding critical parents. And that's recently been encouraged it. I think this is an excellent time for parents to get involved and you can start with the preschool kindergarden children. Parents are first and second graders. There are so many things that parents can do to help their children. They can arouse their curiosity as they go down the street they can point out signs like that letter starts that science starts with the same letter as your name. What do you see that
number on the mileage is that a one or a five. What color is that light. These are from a very early age children. There are so many things that parents can do. They can let the children see them reading. They can read to the children and this is one of the finest ways for encouraging scholarship and it can start at a very early age almost from the time that they can be held in their arms. Obviously the period ought to be a frequent visitor in the school to find out what's going on with the child and with the child's teacher. They want to participate in these parent teacher conferences not just a report card time but at other times. They want to be involved in the school's activities on an informal basis it always shouldn't have to be a formal conference. One of the best things that a parent can do is disappoint the teacher. They can do this by encouraging the youngster to do well by being supportive and understanding when they're having problems. They should encourage regular attendance it's certainly no
surprise that time and time again when we analyze or test scores we see that those peoples with the best attendance generally tend to do better in terms of achievement tests and they can provide a learning atmosphere at home. Many of the kinds of things that I've talked about just a few moments ago. But they can also provide a place where the child can study uninterrupted by television or other distractions and they can encourage this on a regular basis. There are so many learning experiences that the home can provide that really gives early. Childhood pupil a head start in school and it builds upon it because time and time again we find that the interest the encouragement and the support of the home makes a difference in what the children will do. The young men and women in school. They need to provide a regular time and space for homework. Again there are so many public activities the museums the art museum the Museum of Natural History the children's museums all kinds of community events if they would
encourage their children to talk with them and just spend some time with them. The parents really are going to determine in the final analysis how many other boys and girls are going to do in school and in life. So I kind of resent what is prime time. Prime time is the time that we want parents to take aunts and uncles grandma or grandpa or maybe every neighbor away from the busy workday world. And spend some time with the boys and girls. In the schools we have tried to formalize it a bit by suggesting activities for parents and relatives of all age groups. Originally we're really trying to reward rating achievement. We're trying to develop parental involvement in schools because we do think that that's going to make a difference in how well the children will do. And we're trying to develop positive attitudes about learning through the primetime series on television and through some of the prime time publications we're going to provide some helpful hints as to the kinds of things parents can do. They're going to encourage their children to be the
top students. What do you expect Prime Time to achieve this school year. Well I suppose we really are. And they're going to return to. The way education used to be it used to be at the mother's knee the home really was the prime source of education. It's been become too formalized in our society. And once again we want parents to become involved in their children's education. We want parents to be the first and hopefully among the best of the teachers of their children. We want parent student teacher attention reading because of the young boys and girls who do well in reading. We know they're going to do well in their schoolwork. We're going to have a number of activities to promote interest weekly activity cards. We're going to try to get parents actively involved partners in education and helping their children learn to read and to succeed in school. As there are for the business community.
In prime time we think so because I'm going to the ultimate beneficiaries. If we're successful in educating the boys and girls one of the first and probably one of the easiest would be to provide release time for their employees to go visit their child's classroom. To. Talk. To their children's teacher and that we think it would not be very expensive it's happened in other cities and we think that the business community in Denver. I don't support this kind of a program when we have asked them to do so. Would like to have them contribute time and service through the employees coming in and helping to educate the boys and girls and young men and women because we've got in our Denver community a microcosm of the total world. And they can provide those kinds of resources to the schools and they have been doing it. We hope they'll continue doing that. And finally I think they can reinforce the need for quality public education. Through these kinds of which is very. Activities. Specific.
Asking some of the businesses to provide some reward and some incentives for the children of their employees who maybe a dozen or two books to provide reinforcement by providing a book for everyone. For every dozen pupils would read that they could start their own library. There are so many ways and I think many of them are the kinds of things we've been doing just coming in and working with us helping us to educate the young men and women the boys and girls. Next care on a TV talk with Dr. Maryanne Partha. As the project director at prime time prime time for public schools. Prime time is early this year to include the community more directly in the learning process with students. And this means parents. Community people participating with children with a particular emphasis on reading activities.
How does prime time developed those responsible. Well. Primetime. As a result of discussion with the superintendent and different people on the staff and it was determined that this would be a special project this year and we needed to find a name for the concept of community involvement with the reading campuses. And there's evidence to suggest that when people participate in the learning process with students reading to or doing activities with them that their achievement increases and so prime time seemed like a natural name for the group project. How is it managed. Lynn Anderson is the manager of the artist and Brooke is the secretary. And they manage people as we. Call them in on an as needed basis whether that be inviting reading specialists or teachers into and sometimes also parents who contribute to the reactions of the primetime cards and the activities that we have to do. We're trying to trying to utilize more fully the resources of the district in the
community and so these two people. Sometimes it takes a group of people to thank you just the prime time we flew to the elementary schools for other kinds of things that are distributed in the district all collected from people in the district. One of the activities that will take price with prime time. The active in the country an elementary school project part of the project. Each week we send activity cards through the elementary schools. To the home. Each teacher to plan some kind of explanatory activity with the students to. Work an activity with their parents or another adult in their home and then there's a sign up sheet that says yes we did this prime time activity and maybe sign by parent or or someone who got the child. Activity cards first went home to parents in September. The activity card for next week is based on the theme. Every parent is a teacher. Edna Hines teacher at
Gold rec elementary school provides an in-depth look at how these cards are presented in the classroom. All I look at is where OK what you're trying tiny. PR car what to do with Pete this week in Seattle and I want to believe it is time your time is prime time and the every parent is a teacher. Now only take this home. We have been here every day to build your daily and as a student and I have. My sister already over sister a brother all mothers maybe help. And they would sign down. Here's what their relationship gives to you. It is usually resister rather than brother and mother. It's your mother. On the other side of the chart. We have enough of the PM would say here is the way you can motivate your
town to want to learn to read and read to learn or one of the ways is reading a lot as well as reading your children encouraging the library. The only non home library binding trade books on the 900 community there. I will wait years driving to children's magazines and getting pools or give her a business. Those kinds of beers if you get a book you get the old markers and you understand. All now the last mile. To take home with you. When you get home you can see on your parents how they are supposed to help you with our readers. Their reasons. Vary in their materials everything from what you read in the last
run. If you use in the newspaper if you're going to buy a magazine we want to know. It's time. It's time. We. Get. It. Each week activity cards will be taken home. Parents are asked to work with their children on these projects.
Next. Prime time went to the home of Jennifer for a visit with her parents Greg and Marilyn depression. Oh it's I think it's amazing that the schools are finally trying to get the parents involved and bring us home where they are. I was looking over there you know reading a short story to your child and I was going to maybe bring you and your child closer together reading to Jenny is a special time for us to. She sits close to me and we're quiet. It's just a nice time and so forth. There's a lot more to it than just reading to her. And. If you were talking with other parents who would ask you if you suggestions in what they could do to help their kids learn to read. What would you suggest in. Reading to them. Let's start. By reading yourself telling example if they learn quicker me example you know.
I've expressed a general several times. Reading makes her opportunities limitless. I guess. It makes things possible that way because she. Is helping this person so. When she reads a book she has a fantasy about her she goes off in your little land and she really gets into a book whether she knows what story's about or not she creates her own story. So we really wanted to read and we've tried to get her the book she wanted to read so I just hope that the schools keep up this prime time as well as seen from so far and he's going to be you know really good for the parents and also the kids I just hope the Denver Public Schools keep it up. I really do. Reading is important. In addition to activity cards you have planned to. Have lots of exciting things in and that's not to say that there aren't already lots of
volunteer cooperative community activities going on in the district. We're not building a new program we're just trying to say to everybody let's put an emphasis on reading this year. We're planning. To have each school reflect a reading emphasis in their school community activities and the creativity sort of comes from the PTSA and from the principal and groups of teachers who say How can we put an emphasis on prime time for learning with an emphasis on reading so we're anxious to see what schools come up with. On their own. In addition we're. Planning to produce for each secondary student a calendar that contains reading ideas study habits study have advanced test taking tips and that sort of thing so that that can be secondary and this is that will begin in January. Primetime around town billboards in several locations that. Show pictures of Denver students and says give us primetime in Republic schools that same picture also has been
included in the best cards in his running around town with 500 dresses. The. Rock you met every premium. Channel Nine is sponsoring a watch right contest to give secondary students and elementary students an opportunity to watch. Prime time TV shows and react to that with writing activities. The newspaper in the classroom is being sponsored by both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News we're pleased to bet that. We have a project going to provide fourth fifth and sixth graders with an opt out is an endangered species. The Denver Public Library is in cooperation with this to a great degree in promoting. Displays and providing both parks if they give us primetime. And we're making a special appeal to businesses to release their employees for the time it would take for them to go and visit their child's school. So those are some of the
things that are underway with. Real time. We've really been underway letting people know what we're about. How long the project last. We have activities planned. During this whole school year. And will begin to look at how Prime Time is working in what the plans might be for next year. After the first year. How much of a success are prime time majored. Well I need to tell you a story I was in a principals meeting for elementary principals last week and one of the principal said he was anxious not only to see how the primetime cards worked in his elementary school but he had a second grader in his own home. And so he said my second grader brought home a primetime ective and it was something we did together and it was good for both of us. We hope that we can somehow tap into the numbers and kinds of activities and if there are people who are doing things that we should know about that are related to reading. That what happens begins about the best way to
evaluate it. We hope that we can put all those things together in a package to really see them its impact. The focus on reading in prime time printing his head. In the community. Keeping children in school and not playing hooky has been an ongoing concern of parents and teachers. There are many good reasons why school attendance is necessary. Next Wednesday October 7th is the special day. In past years students were counted over a monthly period. But now a new Colorado state law makes the one day count on October 7th very important attendance on that day determines the amount of state aid a school district will receive each student count it means about twenty seven hundred dollars in state aid for the Denver schools. So make sure your child attends school on Wednesday October 7th. Regular school attendance and academic achievement are interrelated. A contest designed to increase the interest in regular school attendance has been successfully carried out the past two years and is again underway at Swansea
school at 40 first in college by social worker Delores graves awards a weekly traveling trophy to the class with the best attendance the trophy as a three foot tall stuffed Saint Bernard dog named No miss. Boys and girls more outside our home is a program like this. And you have won again this year. Crying and sad to bring no mist over to our table and we will congratulate you. The girls that were to come up and congratulate the class for winning this girls in the classroom every day this week and they have run no missed and we are going
to sing a song to you OK. This is. The school social worker. It's only three years ago. And immediately that we had an attendance problem and it could not be on an individual basis look at home and the staff and I sit down and. Toss the question around attendance around and the problem would have to be as a total school
involvement. In the faculty of the community and children. And we came up with the idea the. Attendance based on. Getting rewards as a result of that. It's true in our regular races we give immediate rewards by having the dog go to the classroom on a weekly basis and at the end of the year count up the number of times that the dog has gone to a classroom. Are the classrooms and see who has had the Heisenberg time and again this is Gordon's class came out with that came out came out that school in the highest. The parents are involved the children are involved and also the community is involved with this program. We also found out too that. If we started. Early during the earliest stages of development of helping
children to develop a positive attitude towards school this would continue throughout their academic career. Our staff. Here at Swansea. Is a very caring staff. And encourages the children and the parents to come into our school any time and realize the importance of children understanding their role. As students taking on the responsibilities of coming to school and and understanding and realizing if they are in school that they can reach their high years academic potential and also develop themselves just skills that are so necessary in our changing world. We thought without having any specific statistics to go on we didn't make any. Careful research or survey. We thought that our attendance could be improved.
It was a very. Drastic sort of thing but we know that if children are in school there knowing the word and if they're not in school their chances of winning are a lot less. So we felt that this is not only to bring children in school but it's also to raise the academic. Achievement in the school. And we found out that one of the ways to do this was to improve the attendance and we found the children were not attending. There were some children very lax about it because. Either there is not the motivation within themselves or is that the motivation sometimes in the home attends school. And so we needed some kind of booster to keep it going. This is a result of that. It has been a successful program. We again do not have hard statistic data to show you about attendance but we feel that. The attendance is improving.
We also feel that this is a way to do it without a lot of pressure on children. They have a reason they like this they like the idea. There's a lot of peer pressure because each week the class of wins of course. You know that's a star in the crown of the other class so there's a little peer pressure there. And yet it's not a kind of thing that one on one pressure type of thing going so we think it's a good learning experience for children. And then you know everybody just loves enormous In fact one of the problems with it if you've noticed is white. And it has to be cleaned periodically because of the number of pairings and the hugs and so I guess if you join primetime next week when we'll visit a kindergarten classroom where reading skills begin school and study librarians will recommend books that young students from preschool through Grade 6 will enjoy reading.
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