9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016 by Ikhlas Saleem

Originally Posted by Ikhlas Saleem on Education Post December 23, 2016: Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the country demanding better schools for their children. And unlike policy wonks, they’re not thinking about whether it’s a traditional public school, charter school, magnet or private school. All they want to know is: Will … Continue reading 9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016 by Ikhlas Saleem

The Greatest Debate: Scholarship Vs. Self-Reliance (Kwanzaa Day 2)

Any student of African American history is certain to confront the greatest debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Both men, born in the same era, were passionate about advancing the black man in America and cementing his place in society. The preeminent thought-leaders of their time, Washington and DuBois had very strong, yet differing, philosophies on African Americans’ path to success. Washington, born into slavery, reached prominence through … Continue reading The Greatest Debate: Scholarship Vs. Self-Reliance (Kwanzaa Day 2)

Kwanzaa 50 Years Later and Needed Now More Than Ever – Especially UMOJA (Unity – Day 1)

No matter your race or religion, Kwanzaa is a celebration all of us can and should embrace. Rooted in African culture and principles, the holiday promotes community, both locally and universally, while observing virtues of love, service, and hard work. Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration with each day representing a principle (Nguzo Saba) remembering the path behind us and recognizing the … Continue reading Kwanzaa 50 Years Later and Needed Now More Than Ever – Especially UMOJA (Unity – Day 1)

Dear Santa: I Don’t Expect To See You Tonight and I’m OK With It

Dear Santa, I know, without a doubt, I’ve made a solid landing on your naughty list. I’ve said awful things in response to horrendous situations in our country, my city, and — well, my life. This letter is not asking for your forgiveness in hopes of sneaking my way onto next year’s nice list. Very simply, Santa, this letter is a promise to be a better me in … Continue reading Dear Santa: I Don’t Expect To See You Tonight and I’m OK With It

“I prayed and cried and just started walking. And it led me to this school.”

In a special holiday two-part series, Victoria Gordon shares her #NashvilleEduStory. Ms. Gordon is a daily presence in the halls of her youngest son’s school serving as its mom-in-residence. On this particular day, Mama Gordon was channeling Elf on the Shelf for the littles. “I’m a praying mama. I prayed and cried and just started walking. And it led me to this school. I was thinking ‘why are you … Continue reading “I prayed and cried and just started walking. And it led me to this school.”

“Right now, only 34 percent of Nashville’s third-graders read at grade level”

At this week’s Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual report card release, Mayor Megan Barry announced the launch of a literacy initiative.  Many of us live with the reality of 3rd grade’s starring role in the school-to-prison pipeline. Kudos to the mayor and our city’s leaders for tackling this extremely challenging issue. Because when we make an issue our priority, good things happen.  Literacy has … Continue reading “Right now, only 34 percent of Nashville’s third-graders read at grade level”

“It was Kindergarten when he was suspended 60 times. And the 50th time I was like ‘this has got to stop!'”

In a special holiday two-part series, Victoria Gordon shares her #NashvilleEduStory. Ms. Gordon is a daily presence in the halls of her youngest son’s school serving as its mom-in-residence. On this particular day, Mama Gordon was channeling Elf on the Shelf for the littles. “I have one child in a zoned school, one in a charter school, and one out of county. I made three different choices for each … Continue reading “It was Kindergarten when he was suspended 60 times. And the 50th time I was like ‘this has got to stop!’”