Posts Tagged ‘family engagement’

When was the last time you DIY’d? (Did It Yourself)

858805_10200284202604534_1230103318_oSo often it seems easier just to pay or ask someone else to do it, but there is great satisfaction when you do it yourself.  On July 4th, my wife and son helped me to dig, prep and build this in-ground fire pit in our backyard.  It didn’t take a ton of planning nor money.  But it took effort and sweat.  I can honestly say that because of the effort and sweat, we are proud of the work we did and we want to enjoy it together with our family.  What project can you do alone or with your family that you could take pride in accomplishing?


School is Starting, Time to launch S.A.F.E. TEAM Programs!

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I invite you to checkout Schools and Families Engaged (the S.A.F.E. Team on Campus).  Tell someone you know about this program that supports family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.

Don’t worry, I don’t have to be the presenter at your school to launch the program.  If I do show up, I am sure camo will be my choice of color.

Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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Even a C, D, and F student can INSPIRE Education Administrators

Anna Hunt, Executive Director for the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (Annual Spring Conference)

“Scott, thank you for your time and energy to present our lunchtime keynote.  Your message to our administrative leadership of “Family and Education Is the Cure” was on target with our vision to meet our goals in education.  Keep getting the message out about the value of family in student’s lives.”

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Please VOTE Daily for the S.A.F.E. TEAM Video


Many of you know my dedication and passion for families, education and safe-learning environments through the development and promotion of the S.A.F.E. TEAM Program. As of August 1st, you can go and cast your vote for the S.A.F.E. TEAM video as part of the American Airlines and SCORE Association contest.  Help us make it to the finals to win over $50k in tickets, advertising and promotion.  Vote EVERY day for the S.A.F.E. TEAM video.

Checkout the following press releases to learn more.


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What else do You do?

Every now and then I am asked, “What else do you do?” I am a firm believer that you have to do more than just be a speaker/presenter so that you have stories to tell and life experiences to share.  While many speakers run their own companies, it is still critical to be actively involved in a business/organization to keep you on your toes about the challenges facing people within those types of environments.  If you are a lone wolf, it is hard to see reality even if you are an active reader and expect that to be your experience.

Outside of presenting on various topics, I also lead an organization called Schools And Families Engaged (S.A.F.E TEAM on Campus).  The  mission is to support family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.  In 1998, I simply volunteered at my son’s elementary school for one day and realized the value and need of my role and the role of other fathers and families in students’ lives.  While a school shooting tragedy started me volunteering on campus, my passion to improve school safety has  put me on a path I never expected to walk.

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As of  last week, I was published in Campus Safety magazine with an article titled, “Adopting Appropriate Policies for Screening Volunteers”.  The sad part is, we live in a different world than when I grew up and because of this, we must proceed with caution.  The one-liner I always share in regard to visitors and volunteers on school campuses is, “no one gets near our children unless we know who and why they are there.”   I don’t say this to scare anyone, but to impress upon them to be vigilant in regards to school safety.


Please share the article with school and parent group leadership.  Start a S.A.F.E TEAM program in your student’s K-12 school.

It was time to CELEBRATE my Mom!!

My mother, Marlene Rowe, will be retiring from her role in education as a principal and former teacher this June 2011. She has served as an educator for 39 years.  This past week, my family and I along with many extended family members, former teachers, students and friends joined together for a catholic mass in her honor and then several presentations were given.  My brother, Todd, and I were asked to share a few words about our mom.  The following are my words as I remember them that I shared from the podium.  It was an honor to stand before my mom and talk directly to her as her son and share just a few of the ways she has impacted my life.

100_6197“This past week, I registered my first child for college.  As my son and I were attending the orientation session, one of the admissions directors said, “the reason to finish your college degree is that education can go with you wherever you go.  Nobody can take it from you.  Once a graduate, always a graduate.”  Immediately that hit me because it was true that no one can take anything from your mind.

As I thought about my mom and what I would share today, what were some of the things she instilled in my mind and heart that can’t be taken away.  Three things came to the forefront: Faith, Family, and Education.

First there is Faith.  The foundation of my faith comes from my mother and her example.  All of her life, my mother has walked consistently as a Christian woman.

Next is Family.  As individuals, we live our own lives and start as a son/daughter then a husband/wife and end as a father/mother.  But as a son or daughter, we actually watch our parent’s lives in reverse.  My mom has been there to love and encourage me and I seem to experience this more and more even in to my 40’s.  If you are in the 8th grade, please raise your hand.  Listen to me when I say, your mother is much wiser than you think she is right now and you will appreciate her in a few short years.

As a wife, I saw commitment from my mom.  She showed me that she values marriage.  Marriage isn’t easy but it is worth it.

As of these last several years, I have observed her as a daughter.  Many of you know that we lost my grandmother Margaret Manley a few years ago.  During that time and still today, with my granddad Bud Manley at 95 years old, I have seen my mom love and care for her parents.  Some of you students have made cards during holidays to send to the residents of the Forum Home close to the school.  While her job at school ends every day, she then goes every day to see granddad and to care for him.

While I didn’t personally value Education and the opportunity it offered in my early years., I did enjoy my social time at school vs. striving for the grades.  But when I think about my mom’s 39 years as an educator, dedication is a word that sums it up.  Through her dedication as a teacher and administrator my mom has provided the opportunity of life change for her students through education.

This day is a celebration for you mom.  Congratulations for all you have accomplished!  I love you.”

Proud parents of an Eagle Scout

It skipped two generations, but the Eagle has landed once again in our family. My son, Hunter, achieved the rank on 12/31/10.  Here’s a video from this weekend as he gave his Eagle speech to the 90+ that attended his Court of Honor.  I wonder if he picked up a few skills from watching his dad.  (When watching the video, you will notice some sniffles that is his Uncle who has a head cold.)

The last Eagle in the family was 1933, Hunter’s Great Grandfather, Lyle “Bud” Manley.  Today, at 94 years old, he is very proud of his Great Grandson.

And here are the proud parents!!

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In November Scott had the opportunity to present for the Texas School Safety Center’s School Administrators Safety Conference. Austin was a beautiful place to be that time of year.  300+ were inspired by Scott’s keynote “Family and Education is the CURE”.   Here are some of their comments below:

“Great energy, very interactive and engaging.”

“Very dynamic and informative.”

“I was very engaged in Scott’s presentation.  I looked forward to hearing him since I saw him present in 2009 during a workshop.  I thought then he was good, but today he was great!”


It’s About Family!! The important role of mom and dad.

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