Love and Prayers to a Grieving Mother and Father 

This is a blog dedicated to Nashville families and one of our families has suffered a tragic loss. We stand with the city of Nashville in support of our Mayor and her husband as they grieve the loss of their only son, 22 year old Max Barry.  In a Tennessean interview with the Honorable Richard Dinkins, the judge lovingly requested that all Nashvillians “let her … Continue reading Love and Prayers to a Grieving Mother and Father 

Remembering the Lens of Hope…

Just two hours ago I published a short post on Tennessee’s plan to educate every child through innovative strategies and how the state is leading the nation in changing the game. I wrote of belief in our state officials and of hope (though cautious). Then this happened. Excited to share that across all content areas, high school students improved their performance on TNReady! See more … Continue reading Remembering the Lens of Hope…

Looking Through Lens of Hope at Tennessee’s Plan to Honor “All Means All”

In this The 74 article, Doug Mesecar writes glowingly about Tennessee’s plan to honor the federal education mandates driven by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The writer pens the type of hope in Tennessee’s strategic plan that could only come from someone who hasn’t been victimized by or seen first-hand the educational injustices of the past. While Mesecar does an excellent job detailing Tennessee’s promise to deliver … Continue reading Looking Through Lens of Hope at Tennessee’s Plan to Honor “All Means All”

Back to School Nashville: Mia Howard and the Power of Problem Solving

Guest blogger Mia Howard, Founder and CEO of Intrepid College Prep schools. When I was in first grade and attending NYC public schools in the early nineties, citywide assessments were commonplace. That spring, we took a math exam. I was too young to be nervous or to fully understand its importance – that came in later grades. But I vividly remember the last problem. Students … Continue reading Back to School Nashville: Mia Howard and the Power of Problem Solving

These Lucky Little Riders Get Personalized Handmade Toys from Their School Bus Driver

This yarn lover is in love with the story about a Wisconsin school bus driver who crochets stuffed dolls for her students. Let me clarify, every student on her bus gets a personalized, handmade toy courtesy of their bus driver, Ms. Trudy Serres. As someone who crochets and knits (not well, but my heart is in the right place), I can appreciate the time and … Continue reading These Lucky Little Riders Get Personalized Handmade Toys from Their School Bus Driver

Ed Reform and Its “Polite” Segregationist Agenda Take the Stage at NAACP Convention

It’s Saturday, July 22, 2017 and the 108th Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is in session. At the drop of the opening gavel members of the NAACP will begin the business of deliberating and voting on the issues meant to further the progress of Black people in America. Throughout the next five days nearly 80 celebrities, members of Congress, … Continue reading Ed Reform and Its “Polite” Segregationist Agenda Take the Stage at NAACP Convention

Federal Government Says Child Poverty Rate is Down in Nashville, Withholds Millions from Schools

More on the continuing saga of Taking from the Poor… Last week I wrote about Tennessee’s largest counties losing federal funding due to the government’s (mis)calculations identifying poverty decreases within the geographic boundaries of our largest school districts. Yes, you read that right – decreasing poverty in urban schools districts. Shelby County, Tennessee’s largest school district, will suffer a $5 million deficit in the coming school … Continue reading Federal Government Says Child Poverty Rate is Down in Nashville, Withholds Millions from Schools