The Dismantling of Nashville’s Charters: A Summertime Strategy Sure to Hurt Most Vulnerable

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is a school district of highs and lows; no different than any other urban school district in the United States. Our district is home to one of the highest performing magnet high schools in the country and schools that struggle to teach 3rd graders to read at grade level. Further, there are too few that perform as well as the former … Continue reading The Dismantling of Nashville’s Charters: A Summertime Strategy Sure to Hurt Most Vulnerable

This is Not the Time to Sleep On Federal and State Education Policy Talk

Recently, I sat through a daylong bootcamp sponsored by the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition to take in additional information about the new federal education law: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). After the third person inquired into my reason for being there, I began to wonder ‘Why in the hell am I sitting through hours of policy talk?’ Because it matters. Sure, the federal law seems … Continue reading This is Not the Time to Sleep On Federal and State Education Policy Talk

Can’t Let Summer Start Without Sharing a Little Love to All Who Teach

“Wow, that 180 days flew by!” – said no one ever. 180 days. The school year only appears to be an abbreviated year, amirite? In all my years, I have never heard a teacher, principal, custodian, school secretary, or parent wish for more time at the end of the school year. Quite simply, it’s grueling, physically and emotionally. It doesn’t matter if you are a classroom teacher … Continue reading Can’t Let Summer Start Without Sharing a Little Love to All Who Teach

Teacher Residency Program Committed to Quality, Diversity, and Nashville’s Future

After bellyaching about the disproportionate ratio of teachers of color to students of color, nationally and locally, a friend recommended a visit to the local teacher residency program working to be part of the solution. According to its website, the Nashville Teacher Residency program: “recruits and trains recent, non-education major college graduates to become high-performing middle and high school math and English teachers serving low-income … Continue reading Teacher Residency Program Committed to Quality, Diversity, and Nashville’s Future

For LEAD Public Schools’ Class of 2017 Getting Into College Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Senior Signing Day 2017 is in the books and LEAD Public Schools knows how to throw a party for its students! LEAD’s communications director Jon Zlock launched the festivities with a pep rally of a lifetime. Each LEAD school performed a chant pumping up all within earshot before things slowed to serious. From the schools’ CEO Chris Reynolds to Governor Bill Haslam, the message to … Continue reading For LEAD Public Schools’ Class of 2017 Getting Into College Is Just the Beginning of the Story

This Nashville Teacher Tells It Like It Is and Reveals A Truth Most Not Eager To Tackle – Publicly

But if the foundations are not set for success, aren’t we merely perpetuating a system of disadvantage and creating a larger opportunity gap from the beginning? – Bianca Larkin This quote is from a middle school teacher in Nashville. In this Edutalk in Tennessee blog post, Ms. Larkin does something publicly few of us are willing to do in private and that’s spotlight irrefutable deficiencies … Continue reading This Nashville Teacher Tells It Like It Is and Reveals A Truth Most Not Eager To Tackle – Publicly

Nashville Charter Schools Discussion Sends Dark Message, Fuels Fear and Acrimony

The charter school conversation in Nashville continues to erode. There are a plethora of issues that plague a district our size, yet increased attention is dedicated to blasting charter schools. Last evening, the Board of Education discussed the viability and future of the seven year old district-charter school compact. Once hailed as a national model of collaboration and symbol of good intentions, dissolving the compact would make a pretty … Continue reading Nashville Charter Schools Discussion Sends Dark Message, Fuels Fear and Acrimony