Celebrating Tennessee’s Top Teacher Cicely Woodard, Metro Nashville Public Schools

YAAAAAASSSSSSSS! Cicely Woodard, a middle school math teacher at West End Middle School and Metro Schools 2017-18 teacher of the year has been crowned Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year! See TN Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s announcement at last night’s ceremony. In addition to being an amazing educator, Ms. Woodard is also a leader among leaders eager to share her talents with other educators across the state. … Continue reading Celebrating Tennessee’s Top Teacher Cicely Woodard, Metro Nashville Public Schools

To My Beloved School District: It’s Time We Have a ‘Come to Jesus’

Here’s what’s not going to happen: we are not about to be that school district. You know that district that shirks its responsibility for weaknesses by conjuring up ridiculous excuses, assigning blame, and withholding responses? So far, the district has masterfully tap-danced around issues of water quality, dismal test scores, and sexual assaults. It’s time to stop dancing. These are mammoth issues that must be addressed … Continue reading To My Beloved School District: It’s Time We Have a ‘Come to Jesus’

Tennessee’s Smallest Urban District Needs Speedy Turnaround for Distressed Schools

According to an article in the Times Free Press, Hamilton County Public Schools is in peril and what happens to children anywhere in Tennessee matters to all Tennesseans. Recently released state test scores show the district produced the lowest possible score in all areas but one. It doesn’t matter if you are not a fan of the type of assessment, standardized testing as a whole, … Continue reading Tennessee’s Smallest Urban District Needs Speedy Turnaround for Distressed Schools

As Summer Fades, Education Stories in Tennessee Heat Up and Urban Districts Are on the Hot Seat

And all at once summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde I seriously cannot keep up with all the stuff going on in edu-world today – like Wednesday today, not the universal today. I’ve scrolled through a number of articles that forced a pause only to be preempted by the next pause-worthy story. It seems a perfect storm of good-to-great and bad-to-worse is converging upon … Continue reading As Summer Fades, Education Stories in Tennessee Heat Up and Urban Districts Are on the Hot Seat

No One Can Explain Widening Wage Gap Between Blacks and Whites And The Elephant in the Room Is Not Happy

Last week The Washington Post published on its opinion page the most infuriating piece I’ve read in a long time. The opinion-piece by Robert Samuelson titled “The growing black-white wage gap is growing — and it’s scary” is, dare I say, scary. The basis for Samuelson’s opinion-piece is a study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco which offers five possible reasons why black men earn … Continue reading No One Can Explain Widening Wage Gap Between Blacks and Whites And The Elephant in the Room Is Not Happy

1,012 Nashville Public Charter School Parents Resolve to Stand Up, Speak Up, and Lift Up

At tonight’s school board meeting, a letter signed by 1,012 charter school parents was distributed to each school board member and the director of schools demanding a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T – again. You may remember last Spring’s letter to the editor signed by 374 charter school parents respectfully requesting to be held in the same regard as other public school parents. The heartfelt plea for basic respect ultimately … Continue reading 1,012 Nashville Public Charter School Parents Resolve to Stand Up, Speak Up, and Lift Up

In Times of Upheaval, Teachers and Spiritual Leaders Calm Minds and Feed Souls

Exactly twenty-eight days ago, filled with anger and a hint of disgust at the display of hatred and depravity at Charlottesville, VA., I tweeted out: What are y'all teaching in school tomorrow? What are you preaching at church this morning? — Vesia #OneVoice Hawkins (@vesiawils) August 13, 2017 Classroom and The Pulpit As I wrangled with the events at and surrounding Charlottesville, I couldn’t help … Continue reading In Times of Upheaval, Teachers and Spiritual Leaders Calm Minds and Feed Souls