National Head Start Association


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28th Parent Conference - Father Engagement Summit

Every Child. Every Parent. Every Opportunity.
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Father Engagement Summit
Monday, December 12, 2011
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Improving Child Outcomes by Supporting and Strengthening Father Engagement

This exciting Summit will inform and reflect on the unique and vital role fathers play in the lives of their children, school readiness and overall life success. Learn from seasoned practitioners and grassroots leaders about the significance of the actively engaged father and how to involve fathers to impact child outcomes. Practical, innovative and effective father engagement practices and approaches will be featured. Small group discussions will provide fathers and practitioners with the opportunity to share ideas.


Mike Hall
  J. Michael Hall is the father of two boys (10th grade and college) and the husband to a beautiful middle school reading teacher. Mr. Hall has been a special education teacher, a teacher of the gifted and talented, and an intermediate and middle school principal. After realizing that he was spending more time raising other people children than his own he left the principalship and soon became an advocate for stronger parent and father involvement in public education. As an educator, speaker and founder of
Strong Fathers-Strong Families, he has presented to more than 60,000 fathers and parents at local schools, Head Starts, and regional and national conferences.

He is presently the host of Strong Father Radio on KYQX and has written magazine articles for the National PTA, The Southwestern Educational Development Laboratory, and The National Head Start Association’s Children and Family Magazine. He is also a contributing author to the book on fathering entitled Why Fathers Count, and is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on working with fathers in schools and Head Starts.

Conference and training evaluations have consistently stated that a Strong Fathers-Strong Families workshop is one of the best that they have ever attended. Mike has presented these well received workshops in New York, Anaheim, Pasadena, Boston, Washington, DC, New Orleans, San Antonio, Rapid City, San Jose, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Orlando, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Austin, Houston and many large and small towns in between.

In 2010 and 2011 Mike had the privilege of speaking at several conferences including the International Parent Education Conference, the Region 6 CPS Fatherhood Symposium, the Colorado Head Start Association Annual Conference, the Get in the Game Family Conference, the University of Southern California Early Childhood Program, the California Association for the Education of Young Children Annual
Conference, the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education, The Birth to Three Institute in Washington D.C., the National School Board Association Annual Conference, the Texas Library Association Conference, the National Head Start Association Annual Training Conference, the Texas Association of School Boards Summer Leadership Institute, and the National PTA Conference.

 Torin Sanders  Dr. Torin T. Sanders is a native of New York City where he graduated from public school at the age of 16. He received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Tulane University. He is a licensed clinical social worker, an ordained minister, an experienced family therapist and parent educator, and a qualified mediator. Dr. Sanders has served as Pastor of the Sixth Baptist Church for over 13 years.

Prior to becoming a pastor, Dr. Sanders was a family preservation therapist, the supervisor of the parent-child center at Kingsley House, the coordinator of the Louis Armstrong Manhood Development Program at Milne Boys Home, Director of the Loss and Survival Team at Children's Bureau, and Vice-President of Programs for Volunteers of America-Greater New Orleans.

In November 2004, he was elected as a reform candidate by the people of District 7 to the Orleans Parish School Board. He served as President of the Board on two occasions, in 2005 and 2008.

Dr. Sanders is the President/CEO of Successful Social Services, LLC., an organization he founded to further his mission of ensuring that human service organizations serve all people well

His work has been featured on the CBS Evening News and he has received awards from the FBI, Victims & Citizens against Crime, WDSU Channel 6, the New Orleans Association of Black Social Workers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and  RainbowPUSH,  to name a few.

Pastor Sanders has been happily married for over 16 years and is the proud father of two sons, ages 14 and 9. He is thankful to God for all the things He has done.

 James Evans
Total Community Action, Inc.
 James Evans, Jr. is currently employed with Total Community Action, Inc Office for Children, Youth and Families in New Orleans as the Deputy Director for Operations. James continues to play a pivotal leadership role in the program as it continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. James is also the Fatherhood Coordinator for the program and has conducted several workshops on fatherhood at the local, state and national levels.

James is a licensed clinical social worker, Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with more than 30 years of professional experience providing services to children, youth, adults and families. James currently and previously served on several boards including the New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium, Job Corp Community Relations Council, Buddy Lawson Booster Club, Jefferson Council on Aging, Louisiana Adult Day Health Care Association and the Louisiana Head Start Association. James also served as a private consultant for the Life Changers Fatherhood Initiative and as a panelist on disaster recovery at several national events. In his spare time, James is a volunteer coach and mentor at the Buddy Lawson Playground

James earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Dillard University in New Orleans and a Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

James is married and the proud father of four children ages 22 (twins), 16 and 14. James states, “The best part of every day is being a father to my children.”