In my last post, I included a quote from the incomparable Oprah Winfrey during her now infamous Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech. The quote is simple and succinct, but the message packs a punch. “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” The quote would seem to take on a life of its own as tragedies and court decisions … Continue reading Much Ado About Everything But The Babies
“Our schools are suffering from political neglect and from this point forward we must hold our mayor accountable for promises made to make education a priority. And if the Office of Mayor becomes vacant, I implore the next mayor to make our children job No. 1.” Tennessean Op-Ed I wrote those words in the middle of the night one month ago, a week after Nashville’s … Continue reading O Nashville, My Nashville: We Have An Opportunity to Be ‘Jealous Guardians’ of Education. Let’s Do This.
Experience tells me Twitter battles lead to no solutions. I won't do it, but I will accept an invitation to coffee. ☕️😏 — Vesia #OneVoice Hawkins (@vesiawils) August 8, 2017 I was one of those people. You know, the obnoxious, self-righteous tweeter who tries her darnedest to pack a power punch of snark in 140 characters or less. Chasing the high that comes from that … Continue reading You Wanna Fight About Education? Meet Me Outside… For Coffee
Getting 88,000 children back into the swing of the things seems like an impossible task. I’ve been in the belly of the beast as Central Office staffers work feverishly throughout the summer in preparation for THE DAY. But it’s the principals, the superheroes and sheroes working throughout the summer readying the building, preparing class assignments, hiring staff, working on time management, wrangling with the budget, … Continue reading Looking Back at Nashville’s First Week of School With a Tear and Smile