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

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

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

Reflecting on the Year’s Education Scene and Honoring Nashville’s #EdChamps2017

Volume and Light is dedicated to amplifying and illuminating education issues and stories traditionally unavailable to readers. The mission is to offer a point-of-view of education utilizing my lens as a former public school district staffer, parent, and student. This blog seeks to inform families of the good, bad, and wrong, and because of the toxic environment for parent choice, 2017 saw dozens of posts … Continue reading Reflecting on the Year’s Education Scene and Honoring Nashville’s #EdChamps2017

A Best-Selling Author Called Maplewood’s Jarred Amato The Truth and We Agree

Jarred Amato is no stranger to this blog-space. I first learned of the Maplewood High School teacher through Twitter and noticed the work he was producing outside the classroom. At the time of my introduction, Mr. Amato was collecting books to outfit book bins in book deserts for the community to access through his organization Project LIT Community. Soon after, I learned about the monthly book club open … Continue reading A Best-Selling Author Called Maplewood’s Jarred Amato The Truth and We Agree

Commissioner McQueen Celebrates Innovation and Calls Out Culture Issues While On Capitol Hill

Note: I wrote this before the news that less than 6% of Tennessee’s 3rd-8th graders are meeting the state’s reading standards. Currently, I am in a RESIST state of mind, but the commissioner’s testimony on Capitol Hill is still worth sharing. Maybe I need a life or maybe you should stop judging me, but I thoroughly enjoyed Commissioner Candice McQueen’s testimony to a group of … Continue reading Commissioner McQueen Celebrates Innovation and Calls Out Culture Issues While On Capitol Hill