Sunday, October 1, 2017

Shall We Talk?

I am Dr. Dierdre Glenn Paul. I am full professor at Montclair State University where I have worked for 24 years. I am a teacher educator, a published author of 4 books and multiple journal articles; and a former New York City Public School Teacher. I am result-oriented, as well. I am a divorced, single mom who raised 2 adult children alone. I am a daughter, a breast cancer survivor, a homeowner, an active member of St. Cecilia's, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Inc., and a tough and resourceful African American woman.
 Most importantly, I am someone who cares deeply about education and children. I understand that, regardless of race, ethnicity or the amount of money you have, there's one thing that binds all parents/caregivers. We all love our children and want to see them do better in life than we have. 

As a member of the School Board, I will be available to you to talk about any school related concern you might have or meet with any group that is focused on improving the quality of education Englewood students receive. You will be heard. And I will be responsive to your needs. In those instances where we disagree, I will be honest with you...sooner rather than later.

 We all know that quality preschool and early literacy instruction set children on the path to academic success. In fact, they are the great equalizers. Even when the conditions for academic success aren't present in children's homes, quality preschool and early literacy instruction give them the boost needed to keep up with their classmates. So I will fight to make our recently approved preschool expansion work.

I have also spoken to several parents of children with special needs. In most instances, they are unhappy about the services their children are receiving. That's the reason I will be focused on making sure this this group of the most vulnerable students receive the accommodations that are legally required and will lead to successful learning opportunities for them.

Lastly, a failing school system is costly to taxpayers. It is common knowledge that a high-quality school system draws new residents to a town or city. Conversely, a failing school system does the opposite. Until we get our schools working effectively, downtown Englewood will continue to bleed ratables and young families will continue to flock to other towns with better school systems. As a result, there will be more reductions in direct school aid.
The success or continued failure of our public schools impacts everyone and needs all of us working together. Thank you for your time. 

Englewood voters, I am asking for your confidence and your vote on November 7th, Election Day
Find my name, Dierdre Paul in Column 7 on your November 7th Election ballot. 

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; M.Ed., Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY; BA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Read Alouds, Presentations, Workshops, Forums and Panel Discussions

Presenter, PARCC: An underfunded mandate. Testimony delivered before the NJ Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee Hearing, Paterson, NJ, March 18, 2015.

Presenter, PARCC: An underfunded mandate. Testimony delivered before the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Hearing, Paramus, NJ, March 10, 2015.

Coordinator with Pastor Jovan Davis, Lucy Walker, Alva Fogle, Sharon Bernstein on the inaugural READ OUT ENGLEWOOD Family Forum, September 12, 201

Facilitated Englewood Children’s Book Donation from Read to Know, September 2015

Participated in Planning of Englewood’s School Survival Summit, June 14, 2014

Read Aloud Presenter, with children at Bergen Family Center & Quarles Early Childhood Center

Presenter, Advancing Understandings about Managing the Achievement Dilemma. Delivered for Englewood, NJ Elementary School Teachers. Lincoln School, Englewood, NJ. March 7, 2005.

Presenter, Advancing Understandings about Managing the Achievement Dilemma. Delivered for Englewood, NJ Middle School Teachers. Janis Dismus Middle School, Englewood, NJ. March 7, 2005.

Presenter, The achievement gap: What is it and how can it be closed? Delivered to Englewood Board of Education Task Force on Affirmative Action, Englewood, NJ, January 13, 2005.

Keynote Speaker, Creating Enthusiasm for Summer Reading: A Parent/Caregivers’ Guide. First Baptist Church of Englewood, Englewood, NJ. June 2003.

Presenter, Developing a Home-School Partnership-The Parent’s Perspective. Passaic Community College. Paterson, NJ. June 2001.

Presenter, What Does the Bush Education Plan Really Mean for Black Parents? Kente Cultural Center. New London, CT. February 2001.

Presenter, Multicultural education/Anti-bias curriculum. White Plains Child Day Care Association Inc. White Plains, NY. November 1999.

Presenter, Literacy Development and Long Distance Parenting. Bergen County Jail. July 1999.

...And how are the children?

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