WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.
WATCH D.O.G.S. began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program thart has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in School”volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.
Who are WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of the participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and tehy wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. tshirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. program has been recognized by the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been involved in the U.S. Department of Education’s P.F.I.E. (Partnership For Family Involvement In Education) and the Departments’s Safe School Summit. The WATCH D.O.G.S program is a founding member of National PTA’s M.O.R.E. Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement). The WATCH D.O.G.S. program was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson in their “Spirit of America: segment on November 17, 2008, on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams on September 12, 2012 and on NBC’s Today Show which aired February 11, 2013. Also, the program has been recognized on the floor of Congress as a program that “can be a great tool in our efforts to prevent school violence and improve student performance because it can increase parental initiative and involvement in their children’s education.” (Congressional Record, February 7, 2000 page S392) WATCH D.O.G.S. has been endorsed by the President’s Advisory Council and included in the March 2010 report to the President. In June 2011, US Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited a local WATCH D.O.G.S. program in the DC area to encourage fathers and father figures to become more active in the educational system and to get a firsthand Glimpse of the program.
For more information, visit our website and www.fathers.com/watchdogs, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at 1-800-540-DOGS(3647) to speak with a Program Developer.
Lynch Elementary Contact: Ansel Evans
phone: 541-923-4876 ext. 4304