Watch D.O.G.S. or Dads of Great Students is a national program that was started to get fathers more involved in schools.
If you are a Dad, Guardian, Older Brother, or Uncle of an All-Star and you have a day this year that you would like to volunteer then Watch D.O.G.S. is for you and we are excited to partner with you in helping all of our All-Stars to be successful!
During your Watch Dog day you would follow an individualized schedule that would provide you the opportunity to assist in various classrooms, interact with students at lunch & recess, and help with arrival and dismissal procedures.
We would love to have you be a part of this special group of Dads! Please look at the Steps to be a Watch Dog section of this page to find out how you can sign up to be a Watch Dog. If you need the All About Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs Registration forms in Spanish please click here.
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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. There are 2 primary goals of theÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. program.
To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
WATCH D.O.G.S. 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 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.
Students gain positive male role models.
Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. TheÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.
Who areÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)?
WATCH D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an officialÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day,Â WATCH D.O.G.S. 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 aÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation,Â WATCH D.O.G.S. are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an officialÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as aÂ WATCH D.O.G.S.
TheÂ 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 Department’s Safe School Summit. TheÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. program is a founding member of the National PTA’s M.O.R.E. Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement). TheÂ 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)Â 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 localÂ WATCH D.O.G.S. program in the DC area to encourage fathers and father figures to become more active in educational system and to get a firsthand glimpse of the program.