5 Things You Missed at Summer’s Most LIT Ticket In Town

This blogger loves what she loves and has no problem publicly professing her love for Project LIT Community! The effort-of-the-heart that populates book deserts with culturally-relevant books and hosts a monthly community book club at the school launched by Maplewood High School English teacher Dr. Jarred Amato and a group of students. I’ve dedicated several blogs to this effort as it something that I believe has … Continue reading 5 Things You Missed at Summer’s Most LIT Ticket In Town

Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence

There is no freedom without choice. I know that’s pretty basic. Anyone who thinks about freedom for five minutes could easily come to that conclusion, and I know I’m not the first to say it, but I think it’s profound. The struggle for freedom is as old as humanity itself. There have always been those who try to limit freedom—limit choices—for certain groups, and for … Continue reading Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence

Communities of Resurrection: A Post-Easter Message of Social Justice and Hope

Volume and Light is all about social justice, particularly as it relates to education. But today’s post is a little different. This week I attended a sermon given by my friend Morgan Stafford who I’d been asking to be a guest on my blog. Morgan invited me to coffee last year after reading my op-ed on Nashville’s growing prosperity on the backs of the undereducated, … Continue reading Communities of Resurrection: A Post-Easter Message of Social Justice and Hope

Local Teacher Sparks National Literacy Movement With Focus On Culturally-Affirming Books

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

Dr. Diarese George: The Gatekeeper and Waymaker for Tennessee’s Educators of Color

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

Shedding the Safe Black Girl Shtick By Speaking My Truth

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

Not So Fast, Nashville – We Are Only As Good As The Schools In Bottom Five Percent

I woke up to this morning’s headline: “More Nashville public schools Rank in bottom 5 percent, according to state data.” To say it troubles me would be an understatement. It should trouble you, too! I’m saddened because our city, more concerned with sitting at the cool table, no longer concerns itself with the little guy. How else does one explain the robust manpower behind the intense … Continue reading Not So Fast, Nashville – We Are Only As Good As The Schools In Bottom Five Percent