Madison High School Speakers Forum


Forum Topics and Speakers:

  • January 25--Building the Rock--How Cleveland Won the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--K. Michael Benz, Former Rock Hall Director
  • March 1--So You Want to Go to College--What do you need to know? What do the Profs Expect? A Panel Discussion
    • Featuring--
      • Dr. Mary Frances Pipino, Lake Erie College

      • Dr. Joe Deak, Biotechnology, Lakeland Community College

      • Dr. Lisa M. Unico, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Chemistry, Edinboro University

      • Dr. Phillip Hahn, Mathematics Professor, Case Western Reserve University

  • March 29--An Artful Life--Fred Close, Past Artist In Residence---Alex Bevan, Islands and Inland Hits--A Life In Song
  • April 26--Getting Elected--Why Bother? ?? Politics At Many Levels
  • May--Special In-School Forum--A Command Performance !


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Grant for Speaker's Forum




Description of Project:
This grant to the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation is being submitted in order to support the first annual MLEP Speakers Forum. The Madison Learning Enrichment Program was founded in September of 2009 to implement a variety of activities and programs for the K-12 students in the Madison Local Schools district as well as secure materials for usage by students and teachers. This unique program is not geared to replace classroom instruction but rather enhance and provide challenging learning opportunities for students who seek them. The MLEP Speakers Forum will be geared to a large spectrum of the Madison Learning Community including: students from upper elementary through twelfth grade, parents of Madison students, Madison educators from all levels and all schools, along with members of the Madison Community not directly connected to the schools. The support that is being requested includes stipends for the invited speakers, funds to cover publicity for the forum both in the Madison schools and in the Madison community as well. In addition, funds for the purchase of imprinted notebooks and academic bags with the logo of the Madison Schools and the name of this speakers forum. Finally, funds to support the recording and publication of the lectures on the Madison web server so that students and community members that are unable to attend the forum will have access. This post-lecture access will also allow teacher in and around Madison to use the lectures as a base for in-classroom discussion and lessons.

Timeline:
The MLEP Speakers Forum is scheduled to begin at the start of the second semester of the 2009-2010 school year. Ideally, the first lecture will occur in late January or the first week of February. The following talks will be scheduled approximately every three weeks throughout the remainder of the school year. This will allow for a total of five lectures. If all five of the lectures cannot be scheduled due to a time conflict with the invited speakers, etc. the series can continue into the 2010-2011 school year. The posted/published post-lecture podcasts will be submitted to the Madison IT department and available to students, teachers and community members approximately 1 week from the actual lecture.

Qualifications:
As coordinator of the Madison Learning Enrichment Program I have contact with all levels of the Madison learning community (K-12.) I have worked on learning enrichment activities as a teacher in the Wickliffe City Schools for over 34 years. In addition, I have developed and coordinated a number of speakers forums as a Department Chairman of the Wickliffe Science Department and as Advisor of the Wickliffe High National Honor Society. I have also participated in speaker forums throughout the county, the state of Ohio, and across the United States as a Milken Family Foundation Educator, a Disney American Teacher Awardee, and as a Presidential Awardee in Science Education.

Effectiveness:
The increased teaching effectiveness of this project will be realized in the connection of the students to an important academic tool—The Community Lecture Series. All academic communities utilize this method to promote the dissemination of knowledge, the networking of constituents, and the interactive exchanges of ideas that are at the center of academic pursuits. As the recorded lectures are incorporated into classrooms throughout Madison (as well as other area schools,) the exchange of knowledge and ideas will increase.

Objectives and Plan Of Action:
The Madison Learning Enrichment Program was founded in September of 2009 to and implement a variety of activities and programs for the K-12 students in the Madison Local Schools district as well as secure materials for usage by students and teachers. This unique program is not geared to replace classroom instruction but rather enhance and provide challenging learning opportunities for students who seek them. One of the first enrichment activities the MLEP would like to create for the Madison Local Schools is a MLEP Speakers Forum. This series of talks will be geared to a large spectrum of the Madison Learning Community including: students from upper elementary through twelfth grade, parents of Madison students, Madison educators from all levels and all schools, along with members of the Madison Community not directly connected to the schools.
The MLEP Speakers Forum will be a main focus of the entire Enrichment Program since it represents many important aspects of academic achievement and enhancement that exist in our everyday lives. The objectives of hosting a speakers forum include:

Ø Providing an arena for both the exchange of ideas as well as the dissemination of information that is at the heart of an academic community.
Ø To introduce Madison students to a common method of information exchange and analysis.
Ø To provide a variety of enrichment opportunities to students throughout the Madison Learning Community.
Ø To connect Madison students with students from other area school systems in an academic forum as new audiences from surrounding schools and communities will be invited to participate.

The lecture series will consist of five speakers invited from areas of the arts, politics, colleges and universities, business and community affairs. Each lecture will take place at Madison High School’s auditorium/lecture hall approximately every month for five months. Each will last approximately one hour with time for questions and discussion following the lecture. Madison Local Schools will provide refreshments for participants to help encourage post-lecture discussions. In addition, each lecture will be videotaped and posted on the Madison Local Schools web site for viewing and for downloading. The podcast or vodcast of each lecture can be used by anyone interested in the information for further discussion. There will be an interactive blog started for each lecture for continued discussions and comments. Student enrichment is not a “one-time” event. The ongoing discussions that result from each of the MLEP Speakers Forum lectures will continue to enhance both the students of the Madison Local Schools and the members of the Madison community in general.
This speaker’s series is just one component of the entire Madison Learning Enrichment Program, but it can be an important base upon which to construct a community environment that promotes academic enrichment, and student success. The MLEP Speakers Forum is a perfect fit and an appropriate starting point for the entire enrichment program as the mission statement of the Madison Learning Enrichment Program shows---

Expand and enrich the curriculum of our students and offer our students and community the opportunity to experience learning beyond the classroom and extend opportunities to become independent learners.”


Assessment:
The success of the MLEP Speakers Forum will be determined in a number of ways. First will be the number of students, teachers and community members that attend each lecture. It is hoped that attendance will increase as the series of talk’s proceeds. This too will be an indication of the success of the project. In addition, an electronic survey will be sent to those that attend. This on-line assessment will help to improve (and promote) each of the lectures that follow. There will be a final survey distributed following the final lecture to assess and to help us design any subsequent lecture programs and give us the ability to survey our clients for other enrichment possibilities.

Sustainability:
The MLEP Speakers Forum, along with other enrichment projects will be continued as the entire Madison Learning Enrichment Program progresses. The Madison Local Schools is working to establish a community of learning that will include these activities as a regular part of the school program. It is hoped that local organization will help to promote and to support many of the future enrichment activities.

Dissemination:
The MLEP Speakers Forum has dissemination built into its basic design. Following each talk, the lecture as well as the question and answer period will be posted to the Madison Local Schools Web server for continued use and dissemination.

Alignment:
The development of Madison Learning Enrichment Program has progressed over the past year and a half. The program has attained priority status for the Madison Board of Education. The mission of the MLEP was the defining concept of this entire speakers forum and therefore is in perfect alignment with the enrichment program and the Madison Local Schools curriculum and mission.

Budget:
This grant to the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation is being submitted in order to support the first annual MLEP Speakers Forum. The support that is being requested includes stipends for the invited speakers, funds to cover publicity for the forum both in the Madison schools and in the Madison community as well. In addition, funds for the purchase of imprinted notebooks and academic bags with the logo of the Madison Schools and the name of this speakers forum. Finally, funds to support the recording and publication of the lectures on the Madison web server so that students and community members that are unable to attend the forum will have access. Madison Local Schools will provide refreshments for participants to help encourage post-lecture discussions. The facilities for the lecture series (lecture hall, security, janitorial services, Web space and taping and editing equipment, will also be provided by the Madison Local Schools.

Stipends for speakers
$250 x 5 speakers
$1250.00
Notebooks & Pens
$3.50 X 250
$875.00
Academic bags
$2.50 X 250
$625.00
Publicity Costs (Posters, printing…)
$125.00
$125.00
Taping supplies (disks flash drives,…..
$25.00 x 5
$125.00

Total Requested
$3,000.00