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All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are currently closed and providing distance learning for students participating in summer school/ESY programming. Our headquarters and conference center are currently closed. Our staff is working remotely and maintaining regular operating hours. Read More

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The Children’s Guild Alliance Board Names Vice Chair, Elects New Members

The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations, named Chris Zimmerman vice chair of the organization’s board of directors. Zimmerman is past chair of The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School.

Professionally, Zimmerman works for Diligent Corp. in Washington, D.C., a company that provides corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Previously, he was associate director for CrossCountry Consulting, director for FTI Consulting and a management consultant for Accenture in Washington, D.C. He holds an MBA in strategy and finance from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

In addition, The Children’s Guild Alliance elected the following new board members:

  • Catherine Buell is vice president for policy and programs for the Greater Washington Partnership. She previously served as the executive director for St. Elizabeth’s East in the office of the deputy mayor for planning and economic development in Washington, D.C., and president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
  • Keri Lowry is the senior executive consultant, national security, at Guidehouse and the co-chair of the Youth Power, Peace and Security, Community of Practice. Previously, she held senior-level positions on a congressional commission and at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of State, the Peace Corps and the National Security Council.
  • Jada McCray is co-owner and chief operating officer of Cornerstone Health Management, founder and CEO of The Inspire Institute for Professional Development and Continuing Education and co-owner and executive director for the BTST Services Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. She started her career as a social worker in child protective services in Baltimore County’s Department of Social Services and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified trauma-trained therapist.
  • Jake Oliver spent almost 35 years as chairman of the board and publisher of The Afro-American, a family-owned business that has provided news and information to the black and other minority communities for over 125 years. He is publisher emeritus. He has also served as president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association.
  • Neil Young is a partner with Finance Forward LLC and serves on the board of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. He has over 40 years of experience in the insurance and financial planning industry. In addition, he serves on community and church boards and has been active in Rotary International and the Center for Citizen Initiatives, an organization that trains Russian entrepreneurs. Young previously served on The Children’s Guild Alliance board.

The Children’s Guild Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy public charter and contract schools, Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)

Monarch Academy Annapolis Host Upcoming Open Houses and Tours

Monarch Academy Annapolis, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, will hold open houses and tours for families interested in the school. The school is open to students who live in Annapolis entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2020. Bus transportation is available from established stops. 

Open house dates:
Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon 


Located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis, Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues.
 

The school offers new facilities, creative-learning environments, an outdoor classroom and activity areas. In addition, before- and after-school clubs focus on science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. 


For more information, visit
 monarchacademy.org/annapoliscall 410.934.1444 or email info@monarchacademyannapolis.org. 

Monarch Academy charter and contract schools are affiliate members of The Children’s Guild Alliance www.childrensguild.org , a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), and The National Children’s Guild Fund. 

TranZed Apprenticeships Partners with Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania

TranZed Apprenticeships, a nonprofit registered apprenticeship provider with the mission of expanding modern apprenticeships throughout the United States, partnered with the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania to provide technology apprenticeships to Pennsylvania companies and meet the need for skilled workers.

“We’re excited for the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania to join us in the apprenticeship revolution, a movement to train and connect skilled workers with employers in need of talent,” said Paul Champion, president of TranZed Apprenticeships. “Apprentices earn and learn at the same time, closing the skills gap and becoming crucial additions to the modern workforce.”

The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP) is a technology trade association whose mission is to connect members and organizations to promote technology and fuel economic development throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. Established in 1990, the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania has helped technology companies and individuals throughout Central Pennsylvania grow and succeed by building partnerships, offering business development opportunities, playing a key role in attracting and retaining diverse talent, providing technology leadership and recognizing innovators.

“We see our new partnership with TranZed Apprenticeships as an innovative way to help our members recruit and retain the best talent while also distinguishing themselves and the technology community throughout Central Pennsylvania within a highly competitive national pool of employers,” said Ann Hughes, president and CEO of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania.

In addition to providing apprenticeships to TCCP members, TranZed Apprenticeships will offer its “Open 4 Apprenticeships” toolkit and consultation to educate businesses about the benefits of modern apprenticeships. TranZed Apprenticeships and the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania will also cross-promote opportunities to their networks.

“Modern apprenticeships improve business productivity and performance, reduce recruitment and training costs and strengthen the workforce,” Champion said. “Apprentices become valued employees with improved engagement, problem-solving skills, greater leadership potential and flexibility under less supervision. They give businesses a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

TranZed Apprenticeships works to advance modern apprenticeships throughout the United States and offers apprenticeship programs in the Mid-Atlantic developed to address the need for alternative career paths. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job, competency and project-based training with job-related classroom instruction. They offer an earn-and-learn model where apprentices earn money starting their first day and receive pay increases as they gain additional skills and master their occupations. (tranzedapprenticeships.com)

Monarch Academy Annapolis Students Participate in Gratitude Campaign

Monarch Academy Annapolis launched this week a two-week gratitude program called the “Look for the Good Project,” where students share their gratitude with others, add notes to a “Gratitude Wall,” write letters of appreciation and perform acts of kindness throughout the school. The program will take place through Jan. 17, 2020 with a “Family Gratitude Night” on Jan. 15, 2020.

“We’re kicking off the new year with a focus on gratitude,” said Rachel Amstutz, principal of Monarch Academy Annapolis. “This is a simple yet amazing program that brings together students and staff to share what they’re thankful for with each other. It’s a powerful experience.”

The program comes from Look for the Good Project, a nonprofit organization in Connecticut that seeks to “make America kind, one school at a time” following the “belief that gratitude changes mindsets, reduces violence, and improves everything.” In three years, 121,545 elementary school children in 30 states have participated in the Look for the Good Project’s school program, generating almost 2 million messages of gratitude to inspire kindness in their communities.

For more information about the program, visit www.lookforthegoodproject.org.

Monarch Academy charter and contract schools are affiliate members of The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)