Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Realizes Nearly 100 Percent High School Graduation Rates

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Graig Meyer, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program Coordinator, to speak on this success at the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit

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At the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit...Graig Meyer, will describe how this successful program has changed the lives of thousands of at-risk children and illustrate how attendees can achieve similar success

The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program (BRMA) has achieved close to 100% high school graduation and college attendance rates with black and Latino students in North Carolina. At the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, the Coordinator of BRMA and a William C. Friday Fellow, Graig Meyer, will describe how this successful program has changed the lives of hundreds of at-risk children and illustrate how attendees can achieve similar success.

The widening achievement gap is an ongoing challenge in America and has been difficult to overcome; yet Meyer and the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program is a unique and unqualified success. He will help attendees design their own plans to overcome this persistent gap in their schools. This past year Meyer was honored with the University Diversity Award from the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina for his work on closing the achievement gap.

“At School Improvement Network, one of our most important goals is to bring about educational equity. Equity has been very difficult for educators to achieve, but we know there are solutions,” says company vice president Curtis Linton. “Graig Meyer is doing great work ‘in the trenches’ to improve outcomes for all children, and has a great deal of knowledge to share. I believe the Summit’s breakout strand on equity with Meyer, Curtis Linton and Glenn Singleton will empower all attendees to bring about progress at their schools.”

BRMA is a district-wide student support program providing students with mentoring, advocacy, tutoring, social and cultural enrichment, college and career preparation, leadership development, and college scholarships. The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate intervention model is based in social work and educational theories that emphasize the importance of developing the strengths of youths to fulfill their potential for learning and development. Since its inception sixteen years ago, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate has been lauded for excellence in mentoring and school-community partnerships at the national, state, and local levels.

The annual 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network will feature significant keynote addresses, educational experts, and both introductory and advanced training on the PD 360 suite. State, district and school leaders will have a chance to share and discuss their most successful strategies in this highly collaborative summit.

The Summit will include the following intensive strands:

  •     Equity Tied to Practice that Works for All Students
  •     Successful Implementation of the Common Core Standards
  •     Innovative Leadership that Leads to 100% College and Career Readiness
  •     Innovations in On-Demand PD
  •     Innovative Partner Products

Additionally, in response to numerous requests for in-depth work sessions on mapping to the Common Core, a separate, two-day intensive workshop has been added to the program this year— the Common Core Institute — hosted and lead by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, a nationally recognized expert on the Common Core. This highly interactive two-day workshop will provide unique, personalized Common Core training, including an introduction to LiveBook and LivePlanner, available only through School Improvement Network.

About Graig Meyer
Graig Meyer has been the coordinator of BRMA since August of 1998. Through his years in the program, Graig has learned to love the special phenomenon of introducing mentors and mentees who would not know each other without the role of this program. These relationships knit a tighter and healthier social fabric in our community. Graig is a 2003-2005 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. Graig has served as a board member for many local organizations including Traction, APPLES, and the Orange County Schools Committee for Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps. As a consultant, Graig provides anti-racism training and organizational development assistance to non-profits and educational organizations.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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