John Mavros

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With an unwavering focus on the youth, John Mavros is the author of two acclaimed research studies The Educational Needs of Black Youth in Princeton and Sorting, Territoriality, and Rule-Making Outside the Walls of Seward Park High School. He cofounded two innovative nonprofit programs in New Jersey that still serve youth and their families.

John was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and excelled as a student leader in public schools there. His accomplishments earned him admission to the notable Princeton University, where he discovered an intense passion for working with teenagers in after school and summer enrichment programs within the community.

Mavros’ senior research paper The Educational Needs of Black Youth in Princeton was utilized for 25 years by the Princeton Regional School district as an orientation resource for professional staff, helping them understand the local community and enlighten them on better ways to help students to learn.

Mavros later taught and worked as a guidance counselor in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from Trenton State College and another in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Based on 1,200 typewritten pages of field notes, he found the student’s neighborhood of origin to be the most influential factor affecting their social relationships. In other words, he learned (and wholeheartedly believes) that the family environment is the strongest force on student behavior in school, even outside of class.

Before earning his doctorate, Mavros founded and secured funds for a nonprofit agency to offer bus transit for families to visit New Jersey inmates at state correctional facilities. The Joint Connection, as it was called, also provided job search assistance to offenders in the cities of Newark and Camden, New Jersey, for over 20 years.

Mavros has served as substitute teacher and guidance counselor in public schools in New Jersey and in Florida, where he now lives. He also taught psychology and liberal arts courses as a professor of liberal arts on the New Jersey campuses of Berkeley College. A graduate of Princeton, John now lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida. In his free time, John enjoys dancing, listening to music, golf, exercising, and spiritual activities that keep his the mind alert and body in shape.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The estrangement of parents has created a crisis that adversely affects the performance of American students and the relationship of families to schools and school teachers. This book says, “Enough Iz Enough!” It shows how teachers and parents can and should unify to bring about change to fulfill the mission of public schools.

This book describes how the relationship of parents and families with teachers and schools can support a critical need to improve student achievement. It suggests ways for a school to adapt instructional protocol to meet common core testing standards, without changing current course content and teaching methods. Strategies are given to help ensure that students will see school as a fun and enjoyable learning experience. This is particularly important in the early grades. Enough Iz Enough makes it clear that teachers and parents must work together to create partnerships that support student achievement. The book admirably challenges current assumptions, methods, and expectations for parent-teacher relationships and offers ways to improve these relationships. Its pretext is:

The love of parents can be second to none
They will help teachers get the job done.
It may be tough, it may be rough.
They must come together.
ENOUGH IZ ENOUGH!

LEARN HOW TO…

Enough Iz Enough proposes to change parent-teacher relationships by:

  • Introducing a durable framework of successful strategies to engage families in education.
  • Providing a framework of successful strategies for teachers to engage parents.
  • Offering practical suggestions for parents and teachers to form partnerships that will improve student performance.
  • Showing ways that parents can take action to encourage and equip their children to do their best.
  • Suggesting strategies for principals to encourage and retain teachers.

UNCOVER IN THESE PAGES…

  • Why families are important components of education.
  • How American schools can better serve low income and/or English Language Learning families.
  • Ways for teachers and parents to improve relationships for the sake of the student.
  • Ways for the school to optimize family engagement.
  • Ways parents can support child learning in the crucial early years.
  • Characteristics of good after school programs.
  • Using curriculum and technology effectively.
  • The benefit that class resource teams can offer.
  • How PTAs, school boards, and school improvement committees can help.
  • The challenge of middle and high school.
  • Ways for churches, health, and others to wrap their services around the needs of education.
  • Ways to connect the mind and heart in relationships that matter.