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D.C. Achievers Make Home at UMES

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Some 175 students chosen from six District of Columbia schools are scheduled to participate in the 2008 D.C. Achievers Summer Academic Enrichment Program on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from Sunday, June 29, to Friday, July 18.

    "As an institution of higher learning, UMES is especially honored to be given the opportunity to impact positively the lives of high school students . . . particularly as it pertains to enabling underserved students to be successful in completing a college education," said Thelma B. Thompson, Ph.D., UMES president. "It is a much a part of our mission as it is to educate high school graduates."

    Rigorous in nature, the D.C. Achievers Program is designed to enhance the mathematics and language skills of rising high school seniors, ages 16 and 17.  This program was created through a public-private partnership that involves the D.C. mayor, the Council of the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Board of Education, the Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools, the State Education Office, the D.C. Education Compact, the D.C. College Access Program and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, responsible for  providing some 2,250 scholarships to students who live in Wards 7 or 8, historically low-income areas in D.C., and who are attending one of six local high schools.  The D.C. Achievers program reinforces an ongoing effort by the District of Columbia Public Schools to increase significantly the number of students who graduate from high school (currently less than half) and go on to succeed in college.

    "We are pioneering new and relevant approaches to maximize student learning outcomes," said Jennifer Keane-Dawes, Ph.D., D.C. Achievers academic director.  "We have found an extremely talented and passionate group of faculty to integrate D.C. Public Schools' graduation requirements in math and English with SAT preparation, enhanced curricula and contextual pedagogical skills to stimulate the genius in each student. Additionally, the students will be practiced in the use of the English grammar and will receive tributaries of vital information from exploratory sessions and pre-college preparation. Our goal is to give these students not only academic skills, but hope for the long journey of life that they can succeed in spite of any obstacle they face." 

    Participating students hail from Anacostia, Ballou, Friendship Collegiate and H.D. Woodson Senior high schools as well as the Thurgood Marshall Academy and Maya Angelou public charter schools.  The three-week academic program consists of assigned reading, speech classes, study/quiet hours, and math and English instruction.

    For more information about the DC Achievers Summer Academic Enrichment Program, please contact Vice President Quentin Johnson, academic affairs, UMES, at 410-651-7388 or qrjohnson@umes.edu; orBranteDashiell, DC Achievers program director, at 410-651-8377 or bcdashiell@umes.edu.                      


    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of