Here’s Something Different: Celebrating Tennessee’s Postsecondary Efforts

Education in Tennessee is a constant journey of contrasts mimicking the Volunteer State’s topography, with highs that rival the mountainous east, the lows of the central basin, and the volatility of the fault line beneath Memphis. We’ve seen great gains and soul-crushing setbacks. There is definitely a pronounced ebb and flow of education activity Tennessee; a predictable turbulence forcing Edu-watchdogs to live in a state … Continue reading Here’s Something Different: Celebrating Tennessee’s Postsecondary Efforts

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

A City’s Priorities Are Exposed And Education Is Not On The List

Nashville is the picture of progress. It’s the city you want to live, play and work in. Music, hockey, football, soccer, art, restaurants, food trucks, old homes, new condos, great parks, hospitality. To outsiders, we have it all. But if you are moving to the area, the picture of progress abruptly shifts as a realtor paints another visual completely opposite of the one it plays … Continue reading A City’s Priorities Are Exposed And Education Is Not On The List

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

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

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

How The Flu, Nashville’s Reading Crisis, and A Single Question Ordered My Steps to 2018

Like everything else 2017 has had a hand in, this year’s flu strain showed up with a side of Satan. For nine days, I battled the worse flu of my life with rolls of tissue, too many doses of Theraflu, gallons of Hot Toddy, a rescue inhaler doubling as a crutch, and hours upon hours of Hallmark Christmas Movies and Gilmore Girls (yes, them). Oh, … Continue reading How The Flu, Nashville’s Reading Crisis, and A Single Question Ordered My Steps to 2018