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Reginald Grant, MSEd selected for the State of California
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Team
February 01, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Reginald Grant, MSEd was again selected for the State of California English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Team. From a pool of about 275,000 teachers, approximately 40 highly qualified educators are selected to participate in the development program. This team works on the Standards setting for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The summative assessment for all English Language Students. The event is hosted by The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS), the developers of the standardized test. This is the second time Mr. Grant has been selected to work on a statewide exam, in 2011 he was on the California High School Exit Exam (CASEE) Review Team.
Grant is considered a leading expert on Reaching and Teaching African American and other urban youth. A certificated English teacher, since 2002 teaching urban youth, English Language Learners and international ESL students. Has a Master’s in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). A former NFL player for the New York Jets, he also finds time to serve on several boards of national organizations working with youth. Including the NAAAA presenters of the “Watkins Award” for scholar-athletes, Powers Women’s Network and the GCUMM, General Commission on United Methodist Men.
He is the author of "Thoughts of An Urban Teacher" (2017), "Effective Mentoring in the 21st Century" (workbook 2017), "Success Stories Insights by African American Men"(2016)(book and textbook), “A Case for Bilingual Education” (2015),“A Teacher’s View Education in America.”(2014) and numerous teacher guides, workbooks, and articles.
He is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others and sees education as the force for change. He is an alumni member of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. Prior to entering education, he was a businessman and professional athlete (New York Jets, NFL & Ottawa, CFL) after graduation from the University of Oregon. He often speaks on Culturally Inclusive Curriculum, ESL, Mentoring and the Winners Mindset. He is a co-founder of eSportsInstruction.com, Grant Language Academy and A Family of Authors. Visit him online at www.reginaldrant.com
Creating a Culture of Success
by Reginald Grant
Published in Academica.com, EzineArticles.com,Linkedin.com ( 2016)
Most of us strive to be successful in whatever we endeavor to attempt. Creating a culture of success in our homes, our work environments’ or teams is a difficult task at best. As parents we want to help our kids to thrive and succeed in everything. As a teacher in the classroom I want to create an environment that allows every student to achieve individual success. To help them grow and improve on a daily basis. As a business professional or leader we want the environment to lead to profits build on the success of the group. As a coach we need to win to be considered successful, winning is built on the individual efforts of many for a common goal.
Thus, success is measured in many ways and for many purposes. For parents it’s the light going off in your children’s eyes when they make a new discovery or achieve a small mile stone, from taking their first step, doing well on an exam, scoring the winning goal or in a thousand other ways. I see creating a successful mindset for ourselves and our children as part of our reasonability as parents. There isn’t a manual for parenting despite all of the books and modern tools, it is still a trial and error process. Children respond to things differently and are as individual as our finger prints, so we must adapt, adjust and strive to figure it out. Creating a home culture is an ever evolving process and we must place our children in situations they can safely learn and grow in. Despite our culture of instant gratification and everyone wins all of the time, failure is to a part of that process. Successful people embrace failure as one of the steps to success. We must nurture our children and yet help them understand that success is a process.
I read an interesting article on Clemson football Coach Dabo Sweeney and the adversity he faced as a child and young man. The ever present theme of the story was perseverance and his determination to make the best of every opportunity. Thus, he has turned a floundering program into a national powerhouse by developing a success oriented culture. By nurturing and caring for the people he’s charged to oversee and motivate, from his players to his staff. The same qualities displayed by the contributing authors of my book “Success Stories Insights by African American Males.” When I was a high school head football coach my biggest challenges were all of the outside influences and the historic culture of the programs I was charged to change. So many of the elements of the historic culture of the programs were hidden and lay below the surface. I was too focused on the internal elements, was a bad politician and did not address the impact of outside influences well enough. Sweeney has done that and created a culture of success.
The same problems inherent in development of a sports team permeate a business. It’s a group of individuals with very diverse backgrounds that need to work together for a common goal, business success equals profits. Creating a culture of success for a business is a daunting task and leadership must provide the direction that leads to success. Creating that culture takes a focused vision that must be dynamic and purposeful.
In our schools I have often seen leadership that was focused on achieving goals related to success on the standardized test. Yet, they too often forgot that like a home individual success is the determining factor in the success of the group. They too often talked about creating a culture of success without including opportunities to adequately motivate the individual students. Many times they used artificial rewards and arbitrary collective goals. Too often they did not connect the students to alumni who had gone though the same situations and circumstances to succeed. They often did not paint the picture and vision of the world of opportunities’ open to the students. Successful schools especially in urban and challenging environments’ must be more diligent in connecting the students to real world success stories and people.
Different societies, nations and even the sub categories’ within in those groups see success so very differently. Even within groups of people of similar backgrounds, religions, socioeconomic status and ethnic group’s success can be views with different lenses. How do you define success? Is it money, fame fortune, a relationship with god, who knows but you? But one thing I do know is that success does not happen without commitment, a commitment to your family, business, mission, or team and it always includes a vision and a goal. Does your vision of success help others? Or are you looking for success in all of the wrong places and things?
Author Reginald Grant host the weekly radio show " A Family of Authors Radio Show" on the Kulturezinenetwork.
His latest interview with with Pulitzer nominated author Aura Imbarus is an educator, professional speaker, and the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, a Pulitzer Prize entry and Amazon best-seller, "Out of the Transylvania Night" A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity.
The Family of Authors website: http://www.afamilyofauthors.com