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

Race for Tennessee Governor: A Good Education Platform Is Hard to Find

The magic didn’t happen. I fully expected to enter the doors of the event center on the beautiful Belmont University campus, take my general admission seat, hear from five well-spoken, overprepared candidates for governor in the great state of Tennessee and exit the campus with the satisfaction of having met my edu-political soulmate. Alas, the magic eluded me. Political Tinder-ing Though I’ve not participated in … Continue reading Race for Tennessee Governor: A Good Education Platform Is Hard to Find

In First Forum of Election Season, Tennessee Candidates for Governor Talk Education and I’m Listening

It’s about to get real in Tennessee politics with the official launch of the gubernatorial election season. Tonight, candidates will participate in the first of many forums and it happens to be devoted to education in Tennessee. Kudos to the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) for recognizing the importance of kickstarting the new year and the road to November with education as the North Star. Continue reading In First Forum of Election Season, Tennessee Candidates for Governor Talk Education and I’m Listening