Thursday, January 14, 2016

Union City Public Schools: A National Model of Collaborative Education

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, I returned to the Union City Public Schools in New Jersey, to continue my ongoing initiatives that began in the district on Nov. 27, 2006.

These initiatives have included training programs for students, administrators, security professionals, teachers, and parents; reflective of the principles of a national model of collaboration, critical to American schools.

The Union City Public Schools is worthy of great respect, admiration, and imitation as it is a poster child for outstanding education.

Although graduation for urban education in America needs desperate improvement, Union City Public Schools had a 81 percent success rate in 2014, exceeding the national average.

My training initiative on Jan. 14, was titled "21st Century Parenting: Inspiring Character, Achievement, Success," and was attended by over 100 parents from the Washington School.

Complementing my presentation, was the numerous performances of children throughout the morning, touching the hearts of all, and clearly expressing the outstanding educational achievements taking place in the district.

A special note of appreciation must be extended to Maria Kanik, a true model of educational leadership, in her role as parent liaison, as the event would not have been possible without her.

Gratitude must also be expressed to Felipe Jauregui, a security professional for the district, and highly respected court interpreter. His skills allowed my presentation to be delivered in both English and Spanish.

American schools, stand up and take notice of the exemplary collaborative education taking place in the Union City Public Schools.


Dear Mr. Vincent J. Bove:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the George Washington Elementary School parent community, staff, and administration. We truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to attend our parent involvement meeting on January 14, 2016, and educating our parents on the topics affecting today's society. As a parent liaison, I believe keeping our parent community well informed on important topics such as social media and bullying is essential in order to improve our quality of life. Your presentation “21st Century Parenting: Inspiring Character, Achievement, Success,”contributed to the success of our parent involvement meeting.

More than 40 years of research proves that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement. In order to reach their potential, students need parents to take an active role in their education. Parental involvement is an important objective for me. That is why I take pride and dedication, planning and conducting successful parent involvement meetings. Your presentation at our parent involvement meeting captivated the entire audience. Everyone could relate to what you were talking about.

Our school community is extremely fortunate to have such a committed Board Certified Protection Professional guest speaker at last week's parent event. You are not only the best guest speaker in New Jersey; you are also an outstanding, caring and loving person with phenomenal leadership qualities...


Maria Kanik, Parent Liaison at
George Washington Elementary School

Washington School Empowering Students and Parents / March 2, 2009 Blog

On Friday, February 27, 2009, I had the pleasure of returning to the Union City Public Schools in Hudson County, New Jersey to provide presentations to over 300 students, parents and educators at the Washington School. This was a continuation of numerous educational initiatives for administrators, security personnel, school crossing guards, parents and students throughout the district.

The students met in the gym for a presentation on Social Networking Technology Concerns. Following the presentation, I visited several classrooms to continue discussion on why character is important and to encourage the students to use technology in a positive way.

Social networking technology includes:

  • Instant Messaging, email, voice connection and web cams
  • Online Community websites, such as MySpace and Facebook
  • Media sharing websites, such as YouTube, Picasa and Flickr
  • Cell Phones for voice, text, picture and video sharing

Event highlights:

  • Focusing on what it means to be a student which includes personal responsibility, reaching one’s full potential and achieving greatness by making sacrifices. Students discussed the importance of encouraging one another and avoiding negativity and criticism.
  • Honestly confronting problems at home and school.
  • The importance of working together and being involved with the community including family and friends, church, community organizations and school.
  • Developing personal leadership especially through the quality of character.
  • The use of a Secret Power: "You have the power to change the world by helping each other do what is right."

We then explored the dangers of inappropriate content, including:

  • Misinformation
  • Pictures / Videos
  • Language
  • Gangs / Criminal Activity
  • Bullies / Cyberbullying
  • Predators

All students were encouraged to get involved, making "Character: The Heart of the Matter," as inspired by Rachel Scott's Challenge:

    by looking for the Best in Others
    Set Goals—Keep a Journal
    Input Determines Output
    Small Acts of Kindness = Huge Impact
    With Family & Friends

Vincent Bove on Character (0:11)
Rachel's Challenge (4:01)
<a HREF="">Play the clip on YouTube</A>

Earlier in the day, a presentation took place for parents and educators of the school titled Technology Concerns for Parents and Educators: Social Networking, Cell Phones, Instant Messaging. To accommodate the diverse members of the Washington School community, the presentation was delivered in both English and Spanish.

Parent and Educator Agenda

  • Why Are We Here?
    • Primary Role of the Parent
    • Foundations of Self-Esteem
    • Family Stress Factors
    • Community Support
  • Technology Benefits
  • Technology Concerns
    • Why Parents Must Care
      • Exposure to / Posting of Inappropriate Content
      • Online Predators
      • Cyber-bullying / Cyber-threats
      • Criminal Conduct / Sexting
    • What Parents Can Do
      • Signs That Your Child May Be At Risk Online
      • Tips For Fostering Positive Use Of Technology
      • Family Contract For Online Safety
  • Technology Basics
    • Overview
    • ‘Net Lingo
    • Social Networking Sites
    • Cell Phones
    • Instant Messaging
  • Call To Action
  • In Remembrance: Honoring American Military
  • Conclusion

Washington School is to be highly commended for this initiative that encourages students—supported and guided by parents and educators—to reach their full potential, wisely using the tools of the computer age, helping one another, developing personal character and enhancing a sense of patriotism.


Rachel's Challenge Click here to visit site
Character Education Partnership Click here to visit site
Sacred Honor: Police Officer, Soldier, Patriot Click here to visit site

Labels: , , , , , , ,


Post a Comment

<< Home