We are so proud that our Fatherhood Reading Squad program in M-DCPS was published in The Reading Teacher journal September/October 2020 in collaboration with FIU, School of Education and Human Development. The title of the paper is Bringing Neighborhood Dads into Classrooms: Supporting Literacy Engagement. Hats off to all the fathers who participated in this volunteer program to inspire children to read and learn and to the schools, administrators and teachers who participated. This is the reference to the entire article:
Lynch, J., & Zwerling, H. (2020). Bringing neighborhood dads into classrooms: Supporting literacy engagement. The Reading Teacher, 74(2), 169-178.
The successful virtual Fatherhood Conference 20/20 in celebration of our 10th year anniversary lead us to new thinking about fatherhood and to new opportunities to move us to action. Fathers benefit by seeing themselves as advocates for parental social justice: Remember REAP: Fathers’ Rights to Equitable Access and Participation in all areas of children’s lives and when interacting with service providers. For more info call 305-812-4000.
Click below to enjoy our 10th year anniversary video and the webinar with speakers National Fatherhood Leader Jeffery Johnson, Pediatrician Dr. Olunwa Ikpeazu, Activist Brother Lyle Muhammad and Social Justice Practitioner Dr. Etiony Aldarondo. This is what Advocacy looks like!
Corey and other Daddy & Me Network participants
Corey and other network participants will focus on action steps promoting messaging about fathers’ involvement and impact on youth.
Contact Corey’s instagram to connect: corey.g.patterson.
Dads support each other when they network and take action. Join in the effort.
Cooking At Home With Chef Cory
Chef Cory White is the recipient of the 2020 Involved Father Award
“A message to their sons —You are loved and smart, but you must fight for racial justice.”
BY MAYA LORA, CAROLINE GHISOLFI, AND C. ISAIAH SMALLS II
JUNE 20, 2020
The World of Sports Supports Fathers in Education Day
FATHER/COMMUNITY LEADERS’ GROUP FEATURED FOR 2020
These dedicated, enthusiastic and diverse father/community leaders met for almost two years to develop the Best Practices of Fatherhood workshop for High School students under the direction of The Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida with the support of The Children’s Trust under the late Gus Barreiro, a champion for children. Their mission was to establish a program that would show young people they cared about their future as they contemplate life’s decisions. With one out of four children growing up without a father, the father team strongly felt that by encouraging young people to think about their future goals and the skills involved, they would impact their thoughts about finishing school, community building, family goals, and being engaged participant in making informed decisions.
The fathers’ commitment to this program and their individual and group work with youth has earned them the distinction of Great Contributors to Youth Development. This program is in tribute to Gus Barreiro who tirelessly fought for young men who he spent many years mentoring and providing them hope for the future.
La’Mott Croom, Jonathan Eastman, Kacey Merchant, Antwayne Leland, Denrich Everitt, Ijamyn Gray, Corey Patterson
BEST PRACTICES OF FATHERHOOD- A WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Through a participatory learning approach, high school students will learn what it means to be an engaged father as a life choice. Community father-leaders/facilitators collaborate with students to provide a life-long timeline supporting academic achievement, community building, family engagement, how to plan for the future and become the master of their own goals.
To inquire about scheduling a workshop at your school, community center or faith-based organization,
Contact Holly Zwerling 305.812.4000
ALL ABOUT FATHERS IN EDUCATION DAY
Fatherhood Squad Reading and Mentoring Program Video
FATHERHOOD READING SQUAD TRAINING
This father driven fun loving educational program engages fathers and male models to volunteer as readers and mentors to children in schools and centers. Call 305 812-4000 for more information. Consultation, materials and Neighborhood Dads book available to guide you.
Please contact HOLLY ZWERLING for more information.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.812.4000
Most Valuable Father Award
February: Antwayne Leland
Despite Challenges of Diabetes, Most Valuable Father Antwayne Leland, Stands as a Role Model at Son’s School. “I volunteer at my child’s school because I know the students need a male role model to guide them.”
July: Cory White (view full story)
January: Antwayne Leland (view full story)
June: Mayor Carlos A. Giménez (view full story)
June: Supt. Alberto Carvalho (view full story)
June: James. R. Haj (view full story)
June: David Lawrence, Jr. (view full story)
June: Vance Aloupis (view full story)
June: Lonnie Lawrence (view full story)
June: Dr. Wil Blechman (view full story)
June: Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky (view full story)
June: Dr. Etiony Aldarondo (view full story)
April-May: Brian Person (view full story)
February-March: Gregory Williams (view full story)
January: Emmanuel Philogene (view full story)
December: Alan Jackowitz (view full story)
November: Staff Sgt Select Jose Bolanos (view full story)
October: Henri Francois (view full story)
Fatherhood Magazine: Especially for future, expectant, new and experienced fathers and their families.
7th Annual Fathers In Education Day and Fathers In Action & Advocacy Week Were A Virtual Success!
Thank you to all the schools and fathers and others who participated virtually.
A partnership with M-DCPS Office of Community Engagement and The Parent Academy
An impressive 233 M-DCPS schools, 19 Community Partners and 1000s of Fathers and Male-role Models participate in Fathers in Education Day and Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week. The initiatives were designed to increase involvement in schools throughout Miami-Dade County by giving fathers and male role models more opportunities to influence children’s learning by being present in their schools. Activities included reading, telling stories, share interests and attending workshops for fathers and families. Children’s perception of fathers, male role models and men was affected positively by their involvement and commitment. These programs reinforce summer reading, connections between fathers and their children and support academic enrichment throughout the school year.
FATHERS IN EDUCATION DAY 2018
Holly Zwerling, CEO/President Fatherhood Task Force
John D. Pace, M-DCPS Central Region Superintendent
Alberto Carvalho, M-DCPS Superintendent
Barbara Mendizábal, M-DCPS South Region Superintendent
Jose Bueno, M-DCPS North Region Superintendent
Mari Tere Rojas, M-DCPS School Board Member, District 6
Fathers & Male Role-Models
Holly Zwerling, CEO/President of the Fatherhood Task Force and new father Malcolm Solomon spoke about the FTF and New Fatherhood on WLRN Topical Currents. Here’s the link: http://wlrn.org/post/fatherhood-task-force-south-florida. Happy Fathers Day every day to all new and seasoned fathers and male role models who are engaged in children’s lives.