TN-ESSA: This Ego Trip Doesn’t Help Kids But…Told You So

I will beat a drum to its death. And through this platform, I’ve beat several drums and lucky for you they still have a lot of life left in them. 😉 Let’s see, there’s the drum designated for Nashville’s marginalized families. A drum for children of color consistently on the wrong side of the achievement, opportunity, and belief gaps. Then there’s the drum for Nashville’s … Continue reading TN-ESSA: This Ego Trip Doesn’t Help Kids But…Told You So

2018 School Board Race: Using Battle Scars to Chart the Path to Victory for Every Public School Student

Remember how vulnerable and scared you felt watching the nuclear war tough talks between the president of the United States and the leader of North Korea? It was reminiscent of playground bullies battling to control all areas in and around the monkey bars and seesaw while the other children stand on the sidelines too fearful to play until one of the bullies backs down or gets … Continue reading 2018 School Board Race: Using Battle Scars to Chart the Path to Victory for Every Public School Student

Fifty-Four Years Later, the “Bank of Justice” Is Still in the Redlining Business

Have you taken an opportunity to marinate on the words in the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on August 28, 1963? Dr. King speaks explicitly of injustices of police brutality, voting rights breaches, and severe poverty. This speech is 54 years old and the only thing not relevant today is the reference to “Whites Only” signs. They are no … Continue reading Fifty-Four Years Later, the “Bank of Justice” Is Still in the Redlining Business

Fisk University and KIPP Nashville: The Partnership of a Lifetime

What do you get when a distinguished Historically Black College or University (HBCU) partners with a school that serves and succeeds with traditionally underserved students? A marriage made in heaven! Congratulations Fisk University and KIPP Nashville on this partnership of a lifetime! Read more here. “Fisk University has done an outstanding job supporting KIPP Nashville alumni over the years, and we are excited for more … Continue reading Fisk University and KIPP Nashville: The Partnership of a Lifetime

Tennessee’s Literacy Initiative Must Work Quickly for Today’s Students

In 2025, seventy-five percent of Tennessee’s third graders will read at grade level. At the present, not even half of third graders are there. This Chalkbeat article shares the good news of Tennessee’s year-old effort to boost reading proficiency with the addition of literacy coaches to school districts that sign on to the initiative. So far, 99 out 146 school districts are part of the … Continue reading Tennessee’s Literacy Initiative Must Work Quickly for Today’s Students

Is This A Fight to Protect Student Information or Yet Another Tactic to Deny Parents Choices?

Last week, the Tennessean reported that Nashville’s school board wants to keep student contact information to themselves and away from public charter schools. Nevermind the fact that public charter schools are PUBLIC SCHOOLS, and should have the same kind of access other public schools get. Not allowing public charter schools to have the contact info needed to reach out to families is against the law. … Continue reading Is This A Fight to Protect Student Information or Yet Another Tactic to Deny Parents Choices?

We’re Totally Eclipsing in Nashville with Best Seats in the House

If you have been chilling under a rock then you probably don’t know about today’s Total Solar Eclipse and Nashville’s place in the moon covered sun.  Nashville is the largest US city in the Path of Totality. Yes, we have front row seats to the moon’s complete covering of the sun in broad dayli–, I mean, in the middle of the day. In short, all … Continue reading We’re Totally Eclipsing in Nashville with Best Seats in the House