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September 16th, 2016

Sherrell Savage named National Family Engagement Fellow

Mrs. ShSherrell Savageerrell Savage, the Rales manager of parent and community engagement was named one of the nineteen Flamboyant Foundation National Family Engagement Fellows. “Flamboyan, a DC-based organization, works with educators and 44 schools in the District of Columbia to elevate and implement family engagement practices proven to build trusting relationships among families and teachers that improve student academic achievement. Flamboyan is launching the National Family Engagement Partnership to build a community of practice, share knowledge, and work towards building sustainable family engagement practices across the country. The national initiative aims to improve student outcomes by building the capacity of change-makers who are interested in leading the charge for effective family engagement in their communities.” READ MORE

September 15th, 2016

WEBINAR link “Addressing Health and Education Disparities Together”

In case you missed our webinar “Addressing Health and Education Disparities together: The Role of Trauma-Informed Schools” on September 14th or in case you are looking to watch it again, below is the link. Please feel free to share with colleagues, parents, or community members.

Please email Gaby Calderon at if you have any questions or comments.

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August 9th, 2016

Kids’ Vision First

According to the Essilor Vision Foundation’s Kids Vision for Life Program, 25 percent of children in the United States have vision problems significant enough to affect learning.  However, 90 percent of children who need glasses do not have them.

During the 2015-16 school year, the Rales Health Center screened KIPP students in the third, fifth, and sixth grades for vision problems.  Students in kindergarten, first, and eight grades were screened by the Baltimore City Health Department. All together, 1,000 KIPP students were screened.

The screening program identified many students with vision issues requiring follow-up with an optometrist or ophthalmologist.  To meet this need, and decrease barriers to learning for KIPP students, the Kids’ Vision First program was developed.  Kids’ Vision First is a collaborative effort of The Maryland Optometric Association (MOA),The Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), KIPP Baltimore, and The Rales Center.

The inaugural Kids’ Vision First event took place on May 16-17, 2016 at KIPP Baltimore.  One hundred and twenty-one students had the opportunity to see a volunteer Maryland Optometric Association optometrist. The optometrists identified 100 students who required classes.  Each of these children received two pairs of glasses, at no cost.  One pair of glasses will be kept at home and one at school, helping to keep students in class and ready to learn.

The Rales Center is extremely grateful to our partners at The Maryland Optometric Association, The Essilor VisionFoundation, and KIPP Baltimore.  Thank you for your tireless efforts and dedication to addressing barriers to KIPPsters’ learning!