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Sept. 14, 2016
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Children’s Guild to honor BGE President and COO Stephen Woerner
BALTIMORE—Industry leader, civic leader and philanthropist Stephen J. Woerner, president and chief operating officer of BGE, has been selected as The Children’s Guild’s 2017 Sadie Award winner, which recognizes people who embody the organization’s spirit and vision of making the seemingly impossible possible.
Woerner will be honored at Cabaret for Kids on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, where an original musical production, “The Power Behind the Power Behind the Power,” about Woerner’s life will be performed on the stage of the Hippodrome Theater.
“Steve’s commitment to the Jesuit values of service and humility has played a major role in the culture he has created at BGE. He has a tremendous sense of responsibility and inspires in his employees a commitment to service and accountability. He gives his time, talent and support to so many worthy causes in Maryland. His values mirror those of The Children’s Guild and its staff to the children we serve. We both are dedicated to making the impossible possible, which makes Steve such a deserving recipient of our 2017 Sadie Award,” said Andrew Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild.
Woerner became president of BGE on March 1, 2014. He has also been serving as the company’s chief operating officer since 2012 and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including safety, reliability, efficiency, customer service, strategy, regulatory affairs and information technology.
Woerner’s career began with internships in the defense and aerospace industry. He joined BGE in 1990 as an associate engineer in distribution and transmission engineering and has held positions in almost every phase of BGE’s operation. In 2009, he was selected to lead the major business transformation program at Constellation Energy, serving as vice president of transformation. In addition, Woerner was responsible for leading the overall integration efforts for the merger between Constellation Energy and Exelon Corp.
A registered professional engineer in Maryland, Woerner is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Power Engineering Society. He actively serves on the Southeastern Electric Exchange board of directors.
A graduate of Leadership Baltimore County and Leadership Maryland, Woerner has been a leader in organizations throughout the state. He is the secretary and treasurer of the board of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce; immediate past chairman of the Humanim board of directors; vice chairman of the United Way of Central Maryland board of directors; and actively serves on the board of visitors of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Stevenson University board of trustees, Drexel University’s Engineering Advisory Council, the Boy Scouts of America Baltimore Area Council board of directors, University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore board of directors.
Woerner earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
Sheela Murthy, president and founder of Murthy Law Firm, is honorary chair of Cabaret for Kids. For sponsorship opportunities, tickets and ad book opportunities, visit www.childrensguild.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 444-3800, ext. 1133.
The TranZed 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 TranZed Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy schools, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Upside Down Organization, the National At Risk Education Network, the TranZed Alliance Conference Center, The National Children’s Guild Fund and TranZed Ventures. (www.childrensguild.org)
Kanner and Debuskey students participated in a volunteer activity at Our Daily Bread in Baltimore City a couple of weeks ago. Before providing service, the students participated in a 40 minute workshop where they learned about the importance of the program, how to provide services to the general public and what the program does for the community.
The students provided the following hospitality services to the general public:
- Packed food
- Escorted families to tables
- Provided food/beverages
- Washed dishes and stored food
It was a great opportunity for the students to learn about serving others and being a caring, contributing member of our community.
The TranZed Alliance Job Fair
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00 am– 12:00 noon
The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School
2146 24th Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018
Anticipated openings for 2016-2017 at our Anne Arundel and Baltimore Monarch Academy campuses, DC charter campus and the nonpublic programs in Prince George and Baltimore City include:
- INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS
- GENERAL EDUCATION TEACHERS (K-8)
- SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS (K-12)
- MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHERS
- SOCIAL WORKERS
- SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
The TranZed Alliance is an organization dedicated to transforming how America cares for and educates its children. The Alliance is needed because the current way we care for and educate children in America does not foster growth and success in all children. The Alliance works to bring about social emotional and academic growth in all children through transforming the way adults who engage with them, think, feel and behave. We operate nonpublic special education settings in Baltimore and Prince George County, Monarch Academy charter schools in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and our newest charter school in Washington, DC.
**We offer highly competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package which include medical, dental, vision, short- term, long term disability, 403b plan and life insurance.
The students in our High School Autism program at the Prince George’s campus, led by teacher Craig Piette, visited Ft. McHenry on February 26 as part of their U.S. History curriculum. They toured the fort, the soldier’s quarters and stood on the ramparts to view the harbor where Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner. Period re-enactors also gave the students an authentic Flag Ceremony enriching their background of the battle.
During the Fall semester our younger students at our Brooklyn Campus took a close look at “Animal Justice”. Students discussed how animals and humans interact, they learned about animal rescue, pet responsibility, endangered species, zoological studies and more through a variety of hands-on learning experiences.
One aspect of animal justice that the children wanted to learn about was what it means to have a pet. The students wanted to learn what responsibilities come with pet ownership and what that relationship means not just to the person but to the pet. To get firsthand knowledge of pet ownership the kids took a field trip and picked out a pet hamster. They selected his cage and accessories and spent the semester diligently feeding the hamster, cleaning his cage, and making sure all of his needs were met. They held him and cuddled him, and watched him play. They came to learn that having a pet was a lot of work, but that the reward of the love of the animal was worth it.
As a follow up to the concept of pet ownership as it relates to animal justice, the students found a recipe for homemade dog biscuits and made up a large batch which they then sold to raise money for the SPCA. Because, as the students learned, not every pet has a home and someone to love them and that owning a pet isn’t just a big responsibility, it’s also a big expense. All of the proceeds from the sale of the biscuits were given to the local SPCA and a field trip to see the fruits of their labor has been planned.
Another aspect of Animal Justice is that of animal preservation and zoological studies. Instead of taking a trip to the local zoo, the students went in another direction and created their own zoo. Each student selected an animal to learn about and created one of their own out of paper mache. They then prepared a report on the animal along with information on why the animal is often found in a zoo. It culminated in a classroom that was transformed into a zoo full of paper mache animals and reports that were shown to visitors and schoolmates alike, just as you would find at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
What better way to learn than to experience all of these things first hand. It’s opportunities like these that set The Children’s Guild apart from the rest and make it a wonderful place for children to reach their full potential.
How Can All People Access Healthy Foods at a Good Price?
This is the question that the high school group at our Brooklyn campus asked themselves during the fall semester. To derive an answer, they broke down the question into various components surrounding the theme of “Food Justice”. They thought of this in terms of a world wide scale and then narrowed the focus to themselves and urban environments.
Through watching documentaries like Food Inc., they began to understand all of the different steps involved in a food system, from farm to table. They learned that marketing, transportation, and waste removal were all part of the food system, not just growing and harvesting. The students learned about conventional and sustainable farming systems as well. By comparing the two systems they deduced that sustainable farming meant better food and healthier people. And that sustainable farming would have a better impact on local economies.
To learn even more about sustainable farming and food systems the students did research online. Students were asked to discover what a virtual supermarket was, and to locally research why the city of Baltimore was involved with grocery stores as well as the application of food stamps in a virtual market. Students learned about Baltimarket.org, community gardens and more through their online research.
Upon completion of the internet research phase, the students concluded that growing more food sustainably would result in giving all people access to healthy foods at a good price. And so they embarked on another learning expedition about sustainable farming. Thanks to the “Good Food Revolution” video, they were introduced to the ways in which they could impact sustainable farming on a local level.
Of course, the next thing to do would be to actually build a garden and make connections with community gardeners in the area! They chose to partner with a community garden on Filbert St that is less than three miles from school. And then they began the process of building their own garden. The first step was to make a budget for their garden and include all necessary tools, from lumber to screws they included it all in the spreadsheet and concluded that it could be done for less than $300. They procured the tools and went about building not one but two raised bed boxes at the Filbert St Community Garden. Then they built a 40 foot long raised bed garden right in our own backyard! They even made a compost box for everyone to use on campus.
FIELD TRIPS AND THE FUTURE
In the spring they will plant their produce and we will be able to watch it grow. In the meantime the students have visited other local school farms like the “Real Food Farm” and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Project at Cylburn. They’ve visited the Masonville Environmental Center that is reclaiming our shoreline too. Their thumbs are green and The Children’s Guild Good Food Farm has begun! Stay tuned for more news and updates about it!
Just days before Snowzilla arrived, our Brooklyn campus held their Winter Museum Project. Each of the classrooms worked together over the course of the first half of the school year to create projects showcasing “Fairness and Justice”. The results were fantastic. From music videos, to paper maiche and innovative marketing campaigns, each group produced results that sparked great conversations amongst themselves and out guests. Topics covered included food justice, pregnancy fairness, racial justice, animal justice and work fairness.
SCHOOL TO WORK
In the school to work classroom we learned what professions each student would like to pursue if they were able to own their own business. Each student created a business display to explain how they would run their business, showing what they’d pay employees, what rules each business would follow, and more.
One student had an interest in landscaping and brought in several landscaping tools to display alongside photos of him working on landscaping projects. When asked whether he preferred Summer or Winter landscaping, he replied “Summer because it’s more fun than shoveling snow!”
Another student created Diamond Designs Men’s Clothing because she enjoys fashion and getting dressed each day. When asked how she felt about men wearing pink she said that she “likes that color and thinks anyone can wear it”. At Diamond Designs, much like at The Children’s Guild, it’s important that employees be flexible.
Other business presentations included a phone store, a hair salon, a bike shop and a dance company.
The high school group presented a project on fairness and justice as it relates to socio-economics. They noticed that respect for oneself and one’s peers is something that they can do to address social issues and help work toward innovative solutions. Their project highlighted this information via self-reflection as each student wrote three of their own behavioral problems that they were working to improve at The Children’s Guild. In addition they noted facts about teen pregnancy and socio economics as it relates to the impact on teen mothers and their children. They created a campaign to help prevent teen pregnancy that was presented via an interactive PowerPoint.
Another group worked on introspection and how they can show respect for themselves and their community. The project culminated in the making of a paper maiche mask of themselves that was then placed on a life sized outline and cutout of the student. To further the thought process, each student used the cut-out to place facts and descriptions of themselves, such as their favorite things, what they liked most about themselves and what they wished they could change. At the presentation each student proudly pointed out his portrait and talked animatedly about what he had learned.
All around each presentation was thoughtful and thought provoking. The student involvement and enthusiasm was evident and it was clear that all had learned a great deal about justice and fairness in the context of their curriculum. To witness a Museum Project is to see TranZed come to life. And it’s why we do what we do every day…to continue changing the way America cares for and educates its children.
As each semester concludes at The Children’s Guild schools, the students put together a showcase of their work and what they’ve learned called the Museum Project. Each student works both independently and with their class to create work within the theme of the semester’s project. At our Prince George’s campus, the Fall semester’s theme was “Building a Zoo”.
Parents, family and students toured the building and classrooms, with each classroom providing a new learning experience for their guests. The hallways and classrooms of our Prince George’s campus were transformed into zoological exhibits that were compelling, unique and inspiring.
One classroom transported its guests to the artic. Polar bears and seals could be spotted throughout the room while the children gathered on an “ice cap” to learn about the wild creatures that roam in our coldest climate. While another classroom took on Madagascar and provided a tour of an animal sanctuary complete with lemurs, leopards, snakes and more. Each child from the classroom became a guide through the sanctuary and taught the guests about the different animals on exhibit. In both cases the transformation of each classroom was spectacular and the efforts undertaken by faculty, staff and students alike were evident at every turn.
The final part of the Museum Project tour concluded on a far-away planet, CGC15. Here, students created new breeds of animals that were presented in their natural habitats. The animals were constructed from papier-mâché and the habitats were constructed around them. The imaginations of our children are unparalleled and that was most evident on planet CGC15. There was a chickear- a chicken/bear combo whose enemy was the wolf. The Dolfmermaid is part dolphin, part mermaid and it’s gestational period is 15 months long at which time they birth litters of 10. The X-ray Cat Dragon, lays eggs and lives in the arctic, while the Belecat (a bat elephant cat combo) also lays eggs, it lives in the forest. And the catasaurus REX is half mammal half reptile and never sleeps.
At The Children’s Guild, we strive to give each student the chance to learn to become a caring, and contributing member of society. The ways in which each child are capable of learning are different and unique and the Museum Project is a chance to showcase our student’s abilities. To see the work and effort that these kids put forth to make these presentations, and to listen to them speak with such pride and knowledge about the animals, of this world and of CGC15, is an experience unlike any other. It takes hard work from all involved but the final result is worth it.