Two Evening Programs to Inspire Students and Parents
Family Fun Night – Parents & Kids
This programs theme can be based on any of the about listed assemblies or some combinations of two or three of them. Jim has been invited for family literacy night, welcome back to school night, meet the teacher, anti-bullying prevention and character education. Frequently, schools will book Jim for one or two daytime assemblies and add an evening assembly to them. This allows the kids to see Jim and how fun his assembly is and they bring back their parents in droves. This strategy produces a lot of parents in attendance. Jim will change up his evening presentation from his daytime school assemblies and he does an amazing job of getting parents involved. Jim is a master at dropping little bits of information, ideas or strategies for parents while conducting a fun family event.
Jim will end his presentation by sharing his personal story of being in special education and how his mother had to help him through school. She still read to Jim when he was in high school, so he could keep up with his classes when he fell behind. She pushed him, encouraged him and loved him to the point that Jim never gave up. And through ears of constant development, strong work ethic and a growth mindset, Jim finally caught up and eventually surpassed his peers academically to graduate at the top of his class in college. His personal story is so powerful that it’s not uncommon to bring some parents to tears. The feedback from parents to the school on this program is overwhelmingly positive and thankful to the school to providing them this opportunity.
“If it talks a village to raise a child, who have you selected to be in your village influencing your child’s development?”
– Jim Basketball Jones
Parent Talk (No kids, just parents): How do I help my child find their success – A parent talk about Mindset, GRIT and success.
Every year schools and/or school districts invest in bringing Jim in to talk to parents about how they can help their child achieve. Jim uses his personal story, his experience in raising his own children, plus current research and books to help parents guide and lead their child to find their success.
Jim has developed a Parenting Concept that he has coined “Staging”, which he describes by saying “It’s not our job to be the writer and co-star in the production of our kid’s lives, but to become the BEST stage manager as we support our child in their own production of their life. We as parents should help set our kids up for success and be willing to let them make mistakes as they learn and grow.”
One of the research stories Jim talks about is the study on the New York Marathon. Researchers found that the finishing order of the 26.2 mile race was pretty much established after the first 10 miles. Breaking down the racers in thirds, they found that the runners in the bottom third, middle third or top third after 10 miles finish the race in the same third. They even broke down each third again by another third and the runners in each of these smaller subsets after 10 miles still finished in those groups. Runners were not changing their place after 10 miles. Their pace had been established and therefore their place in the finished established way before the race was even halfway over. Which really makes sense. Our Pace in the race determines our Place at the finish. BUT what if the race wasn’t a marathon, but 13 years of education? What if our pace in school was established by all the messages we received about our ability, talent, intelligence from our parents, friends, teachers and/or our school culture in elementary school? If the marathon scenario was true for school, we would notice that kids establish their high school rank / place about 4th grade and very few kids, if any, change that order through the rest of the 8 years of school. When we look at the NY Marathon study and related it back to the education of our kids, it becomes alarming to think that this pattern could be repeating. How do we change this narrative for our own kids? How do we help struggling learners break out from their place in school and get to the next level? This talk is to help parents learn the messages, mindsets and strategies needed to help their child become their best, not a victim of their challenges. We all face challenges and we all have the power to overcome them, but it takes knowledge, effort and time. Jim’s presentation has a powerful message to the parents that will inspire and inform them how they can help their child achieve their best. Jim will share his personal story during this talk of how he went from the bottom 5% of his class in elementary school to the top 25% by high school and the top 5% in college. He even received the Outstanding Graduating Senior designation from BGSU - College of Business and numerous academic awards and distinctions.
"Man what an experience! Jim is not only talented but truly a blessing. His words are encouraging and uplifting! Thank you North Webster Elementary School for an awesome family night!!"