Tonight’s Discussion on Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Wow. Today is the day. I have been planning for a community discussion on literacy since October 2017 — in my head, at least. It was then that the literacy crisis in Nashville became real for me. I was sitting in the very spot in which I am writing this post, mining through the 2017 TNReady data and I noticed teardrops on my keyboard. Sounds … Continue reading Tonight’s Discussion on Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Two years ago this month, the Nashville Literacy Collaborative, a large group of Nashville’s socio-political elite assembled to announce a blueprint to double the number of 3rd graders reading on grade level by 2025. Currently, 28.8 percent of 3rd graders are reading “on track” or “mastered,” Black students 19.2 percent, and Economically Disadvantaged 15.2 percent. The Collaborative’s stated goal is to double these percentages in … Continue reading Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Happy Birthday To Me: Parents Are Not To Blame For Nation’s Literacy Crisis

A wise woman once told me in my twenties “we all have a little girl inside us hurting and hopeful. And we have to honor her, too.” I think about Little Vesia all the time, as it is she who guides my advocacy and passion for the ignored, and commitment to the unheard. Like the woman, the little girl is eager to serve without condition … Continue reading Happy Birthday To Me: Parents Are Not To Blame For Nation’s Literacy Crisis

Can We Talk Education Like We Talk Football?

Football fans in Tennessee are sobering up from a rare, dizzying weekend of winning. We celebrated University of Tennessee’s shutout of UTEP and Vanderbilt’s performance at South Bend against the Fighting Irish, even though they lost it was a solid showing. I’m still reeling from the news that my alma mater, Austin Peay State University with its young rockstar coach (who will without a doubt … Continue reading Can We Talk Education Like We Talk Football?

Does Mayor Think Schools’ High Mobility Rate Is Due To Low-Income Students’ Love Of Travel?

I was a nineteen-year-old college student when street philosopher Doughboy in the movie Boyz N The Hood uttered the words that would stay with me more than twenty-five years later, “either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood.” Only the great Ice Cube with his Compton cadence could deliver such a line and it land perfectly. Today, … Continue reading Does Mayor Think Schools’ High Mobility Rate Is Due To Low-Income Students’ Love Of Travel?

Fathers Who Read Offer The World To Next Generation

Originally posted at Philly’s Seventh Ward by newest blogger Dr. Nosakhere Griffin-EL. Remember that you are the windows through which your children see this world. Take notice of yourself and the things that you do in hopes that your example will stir their hearts and souls! -Rayfield Wright As fathers, we are the windows through which our children see their dreams. When our children look through … Continue reading Fathers Who Read Offer The World To Next Generation

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