Why Is It So Hard For Families To Get The Respect They Deserve?

“We build relationship systems.” — Mia Howard, founder and CEO of Intrepid Schools in Antioch, TN. Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting Intrepid Schools, a Tennessee Reward school (top five percent) and charter school. The interview with the school’s fearless leader Mia Howard has been on my mind as of late because of what she listed as Intrepid’s secret to success. Relationships and … Continue reading Why Is It So Hard For Families To Get The Respect They Deserve?

A Look Back At The Nashville School Board, Same As Today

A controversial and expensive decision affecting thousands of students. A contentious director of schools. A divided and belligerent school board. Racial tensions. Tens of thousands of students in struggling schools in a district ready for state takeover. The year was 2007. Fast forward eleven years to a near-identical situation, only the players have changed. Playing Director of Schools was Dr. Pedro Garcia surrounded by 4 … Continue reading A Look Back At The Nashville School Board, Same As Today

Middle School Parents Need Statistics Degree To Understand Student Info

The father of two Metro Schools students and twins due in December walked up to me with these words: “Ms. Vesia, you know anything about these progress reports?” Ms. Vesia has not seen a progress in many years. Ms. Vesia is thrilled about this fact and all too eager to relay the message. But not even my smugness could deter the guy from walking to … Continue reading Middle School Parents Need Statistics Degree To Understand Student Info

Vote, But First Get The Tea

If you missed early voting then you, like me, will be standing in line to vote at your assigned precinct this Thursday. I almost never vote on Election Day as Nashville’s early voting process is unbelievably convenient and there’s rarely a wait in line. But this year has been The Most as the kids say around here. This is the third election in as many … Continue reading Vote, But First Get The Tea

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

2018 School Board Race: Using Battle Scars to Chart the Path to Victory for Every Public School Student

Remember how vulnerable and scared you felt watching the nuclear war tough talks between the president of the United States and the leader of North Korea? It was reminiscent of playground bullies battling to control all areas in and around the monkey bars and seesaw while the other children stand on the sidelines too fearful to play until one of the bullies backs down or gets … Continue reading 2018 School Board Race: Using Battle Scars to Chart the Path to Victory for Every Public School Student

10,000+ Nashville Charter School Families Get Official Eviction Notice

This is what happens when politics outranks people. A resolution introduced by board member Mary Pierce enforcing the board’s role in advocating for every student (and family) failed in dramatic form this week. The breakdown of the vote on the measure to support ALL families was, unfortunately, not surprising — 4 voting yes, 3 abstaining, 1 refused to vote and 1 absent. But what shocks the … Continue reading 10,000+ Nashville Charter School Families Get Official Eviction Notice