About the Technology Learning Commons Facilitator (Teacher): Mr. Malcolm Welfare is a K-12 educator in the New Haven Public Schools system. Mr. Welfare has served the district for the past seven years and most recently served as the Leadership Coordinator in the NHPS District Office of Youth Family and Community Engagement. His years of classroom experience and his undergraduate degree in psychology guided him in his past responsibilities of working with the district wide community around reengagement, prevention, intervention strategies and implementations. Those responsibilities include working with extremely disengaged (probation, gang affiliated, expelled, over aged under credited), truant and chronically truant students to help them attain the resources that they may need to be successful, even if those resources fall outside of the preview of the school system. He believes in facilitative leadership, high levels of collaboration, the usage of effective restorative practices, culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy and strength based approaches to interventions.
As a CT state trainer for DMC he works to train teachers and administrators about improving effective communication and relationships between students, school staff, and police. The goal is to reduce minority contact with the judicial system. Malcolm is a community activist and owns and operates an activist/education entity called The Lineage Group, which provides supplemental education to the families and communities across the state of Connecticut. He is a very active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Having held many leadership and chapter level executive positions. Recently Malcolm earned a Masters Degree in Learning Technologies from Drexel University. He plans on using this knowledge to address digital skill gaps and 21 skill inequities amongst disadvantaged and undereducated populations while promoting change to address a number of other social justice issues. Mr. Welfare is also a private social justice trainer and consultant having facillitated in New York, Massachusetts, and of course all over the state of Connecticut. Social justice is his life and his passion.
Statement from the Technology Learning Commons (TLC) Facilitator: Greetings King Robinson Family! I am excited to be joining the ranks of your Teacher Leaders. I will be coming onboard March 13, 2017 and can't wait to get to know you all!
As the Technology Learning Commons facilitator, I hope to accomplish the promotion of self-learning and the betterment of society through active learning experiences that will serve as examples to the community. This will be done by making sure that people are not only connected to current print and other multimedia sources of information and technology, but also skills and tools needed to create pathways for an innovative future. I look forward to strong collaborations, and fostering active learning experiences set up in close collaboration with the KR Library Inquiry Center to accompany the digital needs of the community so that knowledge can be shared and ideas incubated.
When we have established a learning network that is not theory/academic based only, people will not only be able to understand but also manipulate information so that it can be molded into wisdom that the entire community can benefit from for generations to come. Once people are used to sharing their knowledge in real ways that produce artifacts that the community can use, they are more willing to ensure that that knowledge gets evolved and passed on to future generations. Like my mission states if we can be informed learners then we begin to think critically which takes us outside of ourselves and allows us to advocate for others driving human and spiritual innovation into new dimensions. This will improve our ability to interface and accept each other regardless of background and or affiliation. Information becomes the culture!