Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs

As an employee of the public school system, it was my job to rally against anything that threatened business as usual. Let’s just say I was busy. Within a relatively short period of time, proposals inundated the school district, each offering challenges to our status quo. Charter schools, school uniforms, year-round calendar, and alternative teacher licensing programs all hit the scene hard and fast and … Continue reading Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs

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

Literacy Connects Our Past To The Present and Prepares Us For Tomorrow

We all know children are much better at imitating what we adults do than obeying what we say, so maybe one simple way we can address the literacy crisis that is gripping our schools and communities is for us, the adults, to start reading more. And while the problem transcends race, class and gender, it’s particularly critical among black children and worse for children in … Continue reading Literacy Connects Our Past To The Present and Prepares Us For Tomorrow

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

Walking the Pro-Literacy Walk: Join Our Virtual Read-In During Black History Month

Volume and Light is thrilled to celebrate Black History Month by honoring excellence in scholarship and leadership. We are also excited to participate in the National Council of Teachers of English annual National African American Read-In. This event was launched in 1989 to promote literacy during Black History Month while supporting black authors in the process. As literacy is a full-fledged crisis in Nashville and beyond, it’s … Continue reading Walking the Pro-Literacy Walk: Join Our Virtual Read-In During Black History Month

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

A Nashville Parent Shares Frustration Over School Board’s Mixed Messaging on Charter Schools and Expectations

After learning of the Nashville school board’s decision to renew the charter of a school that has failed to meet standards for several years, parent Aidan Hoyal took to Facebook to air her frustration and we were there for it.  We hear you, Aidan.  Can any of you local ed policy experts please help me understand this? The MNPS School Board on Tuesday 1/23/18 voted … Continue reading A Nashville Parent Shares Frustration Over School Board’s Mixed Messaging on Charter Schools and Expectations