Last weekend a friend tagged me in a high-octane, drawn out tweet-debate with some of the greatest minds in education. Mini-essays of no more than 280 characters flooded my mentions late Friday night and throughout Saturday. A big, fat battle line was drawn, one side choice and the other not so much. I was drafted to join TeamChoice to defend families rights to choose and … Continue reading To Choose Or Not To Choose, The Greatest Non-Debate
Some might define Nashville’s It-ness by the hundreds of organizations that have aligned their mission around the needs of schools and their students. Our schools are largely filled with students from low-income families and in a city like Nashville where the poor gets poorer, the myriad of social ills that plague our community at large show up in our classrooms. As a result, schools are … Continue reading Profile In Innovation: Plant the Seed
Summer break in Nashville is in full effect, I know this because last night the CMA Awards kicked off the annual Country Music Festival. Also, schools have been out for two weeks and the great summer happenings are flooding my timeline. However, the business of education is far from adjourned. June is hot for more reasons than the obvious as our city council has on … Continue reading Nashville Summers Are Not All Cowboy Boots and Denim
“Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucious I’m still reeling from the gut punch after learning of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet referencing the Planet of the Apes when referring to Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration staffer, and Black woman. And just minutes ago I learned of Roseanne’s 2013 tweet referencing an ape and Susan Rice, another Black woman. Gut punch times two. … Continue reading Will The Real Roseanne Please Have Several Seats?
I am a wannabe Francophone. I like to think that French is my language, but the truth is I’m bad it. If I were to immerse myself in the French culture for one year, even with three years of French under my belt, I would still be very bad it. Not this group of newcomers. STEM Preparatory Academy recently celebrated a group of fifth graders matriculating … Continue reading In Less Than A Year, STEM Prep Masterfully Flips The Script for English Learners
“I go on and on, can’t understand how I last so long, I must have superpowers.” – Too $hort At a recent principals meeting, Nashville’s director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph played the above lyrics by rapper Too $hort. What came next exceeded all manner of ridiculous. School board member Jill Speering filed a civil rights complaint against the director – just a few … Continue reading #blowthewhistle
I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week