I know you can’t tell it by the headline, but at age 47, my rhyming skills have dulled quite a bit. It’s hard to believe that I’m the same lyrical lioness who in 7th grade masterfully spit these bars: “My name is Vesia and I’m Sweet Es-sence and everybody knows I’m not real dense. Because I’m so, so fine and I’m so, so sweet and … Continue reading Decapitatin’ Trees And Dissing The Community, That’s How We Roll In The It City
The Metro Nashville Public Schools that exists today is a product of forward-thinking community leaders who believed in serving all citizens more efficiently by combining city and county governments forming what we know as Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, affectionately known as Metro. Since 1963, the district has seen segregated schools and creating busing plans, celebrated the district’s unitary status – removing any hint of … Continue reading A Community In Pieces
I didn’t want to go. I had no interest in attending an event billed as a rally for youth and Dr. Shawn Joseph during a time the embattled director of schools is fighting for a contract renewal. “What good,” I asked myself, “could a Thursday night church rally of Black community members and leaders do to bridge the school board/director divide, repair broken relationships between … Continue reading Black Nashville Takes A Stand For Students and Embattled Director Dr. Shawn Joseph
Today happens to be school selection results day and tens of thousands of families spent the weekend with stomachs filled with butterflies waiting to find out if Lady Luck or the Woman Upstairs worked on their behalf. I vividly remember the angst of those days leading up to Education Fate Day. At the time, my family had fewer choices as charter schools were not an … Continue reading Nashville Mom: “Purpose Prep Changed the Course of My Daughter’s Life”
Even though Black History Month is a whopping twenty-eight days, I had to take a break. As adults across the country Google “black history” to find popular quotes and identities of successful Black thinkers, athletes, and performers, black students sit in schools with little chance to achieve the heights of those they’ve been told is worthy of celebration. I’m taking a break from BHM because … Continue reading During Black History Month, A Community Works To Keep Black Excellence A Thing Of The Past
Imagine a classroom of teens sitting in a circle while sharing life’s difficulties and celebrations with peers who are actively listening and willing to publicly offer a hug or a pat on the back. Yes, a world where adolescent behavior is the goal, not a punchline. One of Tennessee’s highest performing charter school networks is receiving national acclaim for its implementation of a robust social-emotional … Continue reading Valor Collegiate Takes Educating The Whole Child To Another Level
After thirty months of observing the director of schools’ performance and intense media scrutiny, sometimes writing in support of the man and other times throwing shade on his administration, my effort to rise above the fray and focus on the children recently fell victim to the noise. It got personal. The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but it’s now screaming. … Continue reading The Writing On The Wall: WE ARE FAILING METRO SCHOOLS STUDENTS. DO THE THING THAT SAVES THEM.