Winning In America: The High 5 Model for American Education

 
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Winning in America (WIA) presents an innovative model of character and leadership development using the power of full engagement. It stimulates reluctant learners to achieve success through academics, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy.

At its core, WIA is a five-step, researched-based curriculum that is customized to strategically solve challenges across America’s diverse educational system. Akil Marshall has distinguished himself as a dynamic facilitator, professional developer and life coach who is extraordinarily adept at bringing calm to difficult situations, and these unique skills are reflected in the programming outlined in this important book. WIA unifies students, parents, and teachers toward the goal of educating America’s future leaders.

Highlights of the WIA program include Team Family Unity Umoja (Swahili for “unity”) and SELF (Students Evolving Learning Forever). The program also teaches skills that students need to succeed in their relationships and manage their schoolwork effectively and ethically.

The chapters within this book illustrate how teachers and administrators can achieve sustainable results in real classroom situations using the WIA model. Each element presented here, from the Winning In America Pledge to the I Am A Genius call-and-response, represents a tool for Managing Aggressive Attitudes with Tolerance (MAAT).

Book Features:

  • How to Awaken the Genius within students
  • Critical classroom situations and the strategies that should be used
  • How to develop classroom unity and respect for students and teachers
  • Guidance getting students to control their person
  • How teachers can learn the art of what to say and when to say it
  • Lesson plans and tools for the power of full engagement

Akil Marshall is a consultant, researcher, and professional developer with 21 years of classroom experience. He has created customized solutions for individual schools and districts across the country that have measurably improved student behavior, leadership abilities and contribution to society. Mr. Marshall provides a holistic approach to teaching, focusing on the mind, body and spirit of children and teenagers (K–12). He is a passionate leader who is committed to leveling the educational/community/social playing field for all American students so that they can truly win in America.

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Akil Marshall is a nationally known leader and innovator in arts education, culturally responsive teaching and social-emotional learning. Akil works in school districts with K–12 principals, teachers, students and parents and has been involved in the education field for more than twenty years. Teachers who have used his classroom techniques have experienced positive changes in students’ behavior, attitude and academic performance. Akil has received many awards, including the 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, presented by the Cleveland Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. He is the founder of Winning In America, ABC123 Kids Express and Dance Afrika Dance, three innovative and rapidly popular and growing programs for all K–12 at-risk urban students in public and charter schools. He is the CEO of The Akil Marshal Organization (TAMO), based in Cleveland, Ohio, which develops and administers these programs. A charismatic and inspiring speaker, Akil has been featured on a num- ber of television programs. His favorite appearance was on Fox 8 Neigh- borhood with Wayne Dawson, where he shared stories of success from his Boys2Men and Girls2Divas programs. Akil also brings a rich and varied background in fitness, sports and sports medicine to his work with youth. He has worked as a professional football player, the first strength coach in the NBA (with the Cleveland Cavaliers) and the host of the TV show 5 Days to Total Fitness. Akil has six children, with five having gone to college and one entering high school. He lives with his wife, Saidah, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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