• Welcome Watch D.O.G.S. !
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    WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. It began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation’s classrooms and hallways. WATCH D.O.G.S. ® has created millions of “in school” volunteer hours and continues to have a tremendously positive impact on the educational process. Today more than 2,659 schools in 46 states plus DC participate in WATCH D.O.G.S. ®
    Program Goals

    1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 
    2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

    How WATCH D.O.G.S.® Works 

    WATCH D.O.G.S.®, a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student's school during the school year. WatchDOG volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher's guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling, etc.

    Program Effectiveness

    During 2003, WATCH D.O.G.S.® conducted a survey of 50 participating schools nationwide. Key findings:
    1) 89% agree that WATCH D.O.G.S.® is a valuable component of the school's efforts to promote a safe and positive learning environment for students.
    2) 79% agree that since implementing the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program, the school has experienced an increase in father involvement in areas other than WATCH D.O.G.S.® (parent-teacher conferences, volunteerism in the classroom or after school, PTA involvement).

    Program Recognition

    In its relatively short history, WATCH D.O.G.S.® has proven to be influential and effective in a number of venues:

    1) Involved in the U.S. Department of Education Father Involvement In Education Project beginning in 2005.
    2) Invited by the National PTA to be a founding member of the MORE Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement).
    3) Recognized on the floor of Congress as a program that "can be a great tool in our efforts to prevent school violence and to improve student performance because it can increase parental initiative and involvement in their children’s education." Congressional Record, Feb. 7, 2000, page S-392.
    4) Involved in the U.S. Department of Education’s P.F.I.E. (Partnership For Family Involvement In Education).
    5) In 1999, invited by the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate in a nationwide teleconference called “Fathers Matter.”
    6) Recognized as a “best practice” by Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Director of Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University.

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    Interested in being a Watch DOG ?   A kickoff ConnectEd was sent with electronic copies of all paperwork that needs to be printed, filled out and returned and with a direct link to our SignUp.com to choose a date and sign up. If you deleted the ConnectEd, please click on the registration form link below, print and fill out. Return all papers to your child's school. If you need to order a shirt, please fill out a shirt ordering form too.  Finally, click on the Signup.com link below to sign up for ONE day to be a WatchDOG.

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