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NAACP Joins GSN Project Based On New Series ‘Without Prejudice?’

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 19, 2007

Poll, program combine to create provocative approach to opening discussion on raceJuly 25, 2007

The NAACP is excited and proud to be part of a groundbreaking new broadcast and social experiment aimed at helping Americans overcome issues of social prejudice in all its forms. A new Zogby poll underscores the need for that exercise to begin in earnest.

Most Americans believe they don’t make race based decisions…but think their neighbors do, according to a landmark poll by Zogby International commissioned by GSN. The survey is a powerful follow-up to the July 17 premiere of Without Prejudice?, a TV game show that gives people across the country an opportunity to participate in a thoughtful, productive conversation about prejudice. The NAACP, through its Hollywood Bureau, is a consultant for the program that airs Tuesdays at 9 pm (EST) on GSN.

“This is an opportunity for the NAACP to more fully engage in a discussion of prejudice and bigotry and to explain to a wider audience the bases for these ills and how we can rid society of them,” said NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond. “We look forward to our participation and the success of this innovative series.”

The NAACP and GSN will host an upcoming town hall meeting on race, diversity and prejudice.

The survey of more than 10,000 Americans, one of the most comprehensive ever conducted on prejudice according to Zogby, explores attitudes about race, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical appearance and politics. This “Report Card on American Prejudice” is part of a wide-ranging effort by GSN to spur a national dialogue on intolerance and bigotry.

“Our network is proud to sponsor the Without Prejudice Project,” said Dena Kaplan, GSN’s Sr. Vice President for Marketing. “This pioneering effort – which includes the poll and the broadcast of our new game show – will help provoke a national conversation about our inner-most feelings toward race, religion and other issues that define the way we, as Americans, treat one another. GSN hopes the initiative will raise the awareness of prejudice in our nation and create an agenda for positive change.”

Using distinguished pollster, Zogby International, GSN commissioned a poll designed to explore Americans’ preferences and biases. The poll findings will serve as a barometer of the country’s tolerance and a platform for honest discussion. Among the poll�s findings are:

On Race: While 67% of respondents claimed to have no preference themselves between a white, black or Arab clerk in a convenience store, 71% said, “most Americans” would seek out the white clerk; 73% said in the event of a shooting, most Americans would expect African Americans to be involved; 55% said in the event of a drug bust, most Americans would expect African Americans to be involved; 53% said in the event of identity theft, most Americans would expect whites to be involved;

On Political Affiliation: When asked which political party most Americans believe to be responsible for many of the gravest problems facing the world:

  • War: 62% blamed Republican vs. 14% Democrat
  • Global Warming: 56% blamed Republican vs. 10% Democrat
  • Prejudice: 52% blamed GOP vs. 22% for Democrat
  • Poverty: 49% held Republicans accountable; 29% Democrats
  • Crime: On this issue, respondents reversed the trend, with 42% blaming Democrats vs. 23% for Republicans

On Religion: By a wide margin, those polled felt Muslims are the most likely to engage in terrorism (83%) and are far more likely to cause a war (42%); 37% believe Catholics are most likely to be involved in sexual abuse – far more than any other religious group; 15% believe Protestants are most likely to commit domestic violence, followed by Muslims (13%); the poll turned up virtually no negative views toward Jews.

On Sexual Orientation: On gay marriage, 62% said they believe Americans oppose it. Yet 58% would elect a gay person for President – about the same as an Arab-American (57%).

On Disability: When asked to choose whom they believed most Americans would least want to work with, 26% of respondents said someone who is morbidly obese. Twenty-two percent said someone with facial disfigurement. Respondents thought Americans would object much less to deaf and blind co-workers.

Every episode of Without Prejudice? features five contestants under the collective microscope of five strangers charged with deciding which contestant they feel is most deserving of a $25,000 cash award.

To stimulate further conversation, GSN will launch a comprehensive outreach effort including Public Service Announcements, an online forum (featuring snap polls, blogs, discussion guides and community building resources from our partners) and print, TV and online media.

GSN is also partnering with other leading advocacy groups on the Without Prejudice Project, including YWCA, GLAAD, NCLR, and CAIR. To learn more, please visit www.gsn.com/withoutprejudice. For the entire Zogby/GSN poll, visit www.zogby.com. More on the NAACP can be found at: www.naacp.org.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

About the Without Prejudice Project
GSN created the Without Prejudice Project to provide an opportunity for people across the country to participate in a thoughtful, productive conversation about prejudice. Using distinguished pollster, Zogby International, GSN commissioned a poll designed to explore Americans’ preferences and biases. The poll findings will serve as a barometer of the country�s tolerance and a platform for honest discussion. To stimulate the conversation, GSN will launch a comprehensive project including PSAs, an online forum (featuring snap polls, blogs, discussion guides and community building resources from our partners), a PR effort, and print, TV and online media. GSN is partnering with leading advocacy groups on the Without Prejudice Project, including NAACP, YWCA, GLAAD, CAIR and NCLR. To learn more, please visit http://www.gsn.com/withoutprejudice/.

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NAACP Discussion Questions for Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

National Association of Colored People (NAACP)

Discussion Questions for Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District – Monday, August 7, 2007
______________________

Student Achievement:

Question 1.

How do you plan to involve the parents and community in improving student achievement to grade level and above proficiency, particularly in low performing schools that are in low income neighborhoods?

Question 2.

Do you plan to support and / or expand In-District Charter Schools as a strategy for improving student achievement ? If so, how and when? If not, why not? This seems to be an effective way of holding campus instructional teams accountable for teaching and learning. Principal and teachers tend to take ownership, support and implement strategies they select or create.

Question 3.

Do you plan restructuring of major programs such as Curriculum & Instruction; Training/Development; Sub-District configurations in an effort to improve student achievement?

A. Do you plan to add any new programs or strategies to increase student achievement in low performing schools? If so, what?

B. Do you plan to reduce or streamline any programs to support other low performing schools? If so what?

Page 2. Questions for Superintendent

Question 4.

In order to improve student achievement, do you plan to assign some of the most successful teachers and principals to low performing schools to assure equity in teaching and learning across the entire district.

A. If so, when and how will we be informed of the efforts?

B. If so, what will be done to ensure a smooth transition?

Question 5.

How do you plan to ensure that professional development is implemented for each campus- based needs identified by teachers and principals?

Questions 6.

Are you familiar with the commitments the DISD’s Board of Education made with regards to the Desegregation Court Ordered program strategies that were successful in improving student achievement, such as Early Childhood Education (Prek-Grade 3)?

A. What are your plans for supporting the Board in their efforts to keep their commitment?

B. Do you plan to hold staff accountable for the commitments?

Page 3. Questions for Superintendent

Communications/Community Relations/Partnerships:

Question 7.

How do you plan to keep parents and community informed regarding on-going program progress, needs, changes and successes?

Question 8.

Can parents and community count on you to be visible in the schools and the community?

A. To what extent will you hold community forums for parents and community?

B. Will you be open and receptive regarding constructive criticism and feedback and/or opposing views?

Dallas Achieves:

Questions 9.

What is Dallas Achieves? What can we do as an organization to help
you achieve your bottom line of becoming the number one urban
school district in the nation by the year 2010?

Question 10.

Is Parental Involvement/Engagement a component of Dallas Achieves? If so, the NAACP is going to launch a Parental Involvement program at three DISD schools this fall. Would you support an initiative such as this to improve student achievement?

Page 4. Questions for Superintendent

Question 11.

How is Dallas Achieves funded? Did you have to cut any positions
and/or programs to implement and execute Dallas Achieves? If so, what
positions and programs were cut and what new programs have been
implemented?

Hiring Practices/Selections & Retention of Quality & Effective AA Personnel

Question 12.

Are you a supporter of diversity and inclusion both in the classroom as well as staffing? If so, please explain some of the recent decisions that have been made with regard to your hiring practices.

A. Are there any African-American employees in the new office you created, Office of Professional Responsibility? If so, what position do they hold? If not, why?

B. Your new organizational structure calls for Executive Directors instead of Associate Superintendents. How many Executive Directors are over the elementary and high schools and how many African Americans occupy these positions?

C. Is it true that the Athletic Director, Chief of Staff and Human Resource Director (all African Americans) have all been replaced by two Whites and one Hispanic? If so, did you interview and/or consider other qualified African-Americans for these positions?

D. What plan do you have in place to retain effective, tenured teachers and administrators who do not speak Spanish?

E. What is your plan to fill the (15) principal vacancies prior to the start of the 2007-2008 school year?

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NAACP Agenda: Dallas ISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa – Dallas Achieves

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 7, 2007

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
Tuesday, August 07, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
___________________________

AGENDA:

Special Guest: Dr. Michael Hinojosa,
Superintendent – Dallas Independent School District

I. Welcome………………………………………. Mr. Casey Thomas
NAACP President – Dallas

II. Introduction of Dr. Hinojosa………………… Mrs. Nia M. Khepera,
NAACP Education Committee
Chairwoman

III. Presentation by Superintendent……………. Dr. Michael Hinojosa

IV. Question and Answer Session ……………. Nia M. Khepera

– Student Achievement/Academic Performance of African American Students

– Dallas Achieves

– Hiring Practices/Selections & Retention of Quality & Effective AA Personnel

– Leadership/Communication/Community Relations

V. Specific questions…………………………… General Membership/Audience
(See list of questions attached)

VI. Questions from the audience……………… Audience

– Maximum of three audience questions

VII. Closing remarks Casey Thomas

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Dallas ISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa Speaks on Dallas Achieves at 7 PM NAACP Meeting Today

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Dallas ISD Superintendent Hinojosa will be speak today, August 7, 2007 at the general meeting of the Dallas NAACP.

The topic is Dallas Achieves
.

The Dallas Branch meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM
at Thurgood Marshall Rec. Center 5150 Mark Trail

Dallas, Texas 75232


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