Nashville has seen better days. I realize I just published a blog crying about our woes, but put yourself in my position. I was all set to dive into the school district’s budget to search for a reasonable explanation for the enrollment decline causing a net loss of $7.5 million in state funding resulting in a mandatory freeze of all spending (even copy paper) for … Continue reading Local Teacher Sparks National Literacy Movement With Focus On Culturally-Affirming Books
“Our schools are suffering from political neglect and from this point forward we must hold our mayor accountable for promises made to make education a priority. And if the Office of Mayor becomes vacant, I implore the next mayor to make our children job No. 1.” Tennessean Op-Ed I wrote those words in the middle of the night one month ago, a week after Nashville’s … Continue reading O Nashville, My Nashville: We Have An Opportunity to Be ‘Jealous Guardians’ of Education. Let’s Do This.
As an employee of the public school system, it was my job to rally against anything that threatened business as usual. Let’s just say I was busy. Within a relatively short period of time, proposals inundated the school district, each offering challenges to our status quo. Charter schools, school uniforms, year-round calendar, and alternative teacher licensing programs all hit the scene hard and fast and … Continue reading Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs
Diarese George is a young, intelligent, well-dressed native of Clarksville, TN who is generous with his story: He turned the “inequities that followed him from kindergarten through college” into a job—recruiting and retaining educators of color. George is the director of recruitment at the Nashville Teacher Residency, a non-traditional teacher preparation program. In his “spare” time, the ambitious George is the Founder and Chairman of … Continue reading Dr. Diarese George: The Gatekeeper and Waymaker for Tennessee’s Educators of Color
We all know children are much better at imitating what we adults do than obeying what we say, so maybe one simple way we can address the literacy crisis that is gripping our schools and communities is for us, the adults, to start reading more. And while the problem transcends race, class and gender, it’s particularly critical among black children and worse for children in … Continue reading Literacy Connects Our Past To The Present and Prepares Us For Tomorrow
I have worked in the background my entire professional career; satisfied with providing support to elected officials or community leaders in whom I placed great confidence. But if I’m honest with myself, working to amplify other’s voices and values instead of my own was entirely out of fear. For it was clear to me the costs of owning your truth and sharing it publicly. I’ve … Continue reading Shedding the Safe Black Girl Shtick By Speaking My Truth
Volume and Light is thrilled to celebrate Black History Month by honoring excellence in scholarship and leadership. We are also excited to participate in the National Council of Teachers of English annual National African American Read-In. This event was launched in 1989 to promote literacy during Black History Month while supporting black authors in the process. As literacy is a full-fledged crisis in Nashville and beyond, it’s … Continue reading Walking the Pro-Literacy Walk: Join Our Virtual Read-In During Black History Month