Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Libraries in the Community

The singular mission of Volume & Light is to amplify and spotlight issues and innovations that impact Nashville families. Take a stroll through my blog-ventory and you’ll see sharp-elbowed titles about literacy, unearned privilege, charters schools, and Project LIT (Libraries in the) Community. Yes, Project LIT Community (PLC) is assigned its very own category and I don’t care. So, of course, when I plan a … Continue reading Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Libraries in the Community

It’s Been A Year For Metro Schools, Let’s Lift Up The Successes And Celebrate Like Crazy

I could write about any number of terrible issues going on in this city and state, but instead, I choose to revel in the deliciousness of what the month of May traditionally means for Nashvillians who attend, work, and support public schools. We show love to teachers, celebrate charter schools, honor graduates, and cheer for students moving to the next level. Today’s blog continues in … Continue reading It’s Been A Year For Metro Schools, Let’s Lift Up The Successes And Celebrate Like Crazy

In a Year Known For Youth Power, This Nashville High School Student Group Launched a LIT National Movement

During a brief moment of optimism at this time last year, I had the idea of creating an award for local education heroes “who have served in the best interest of children, dared to think outside the box, and modeled quiet leadership and courage.” This year, after twelve months of collective angst and epic division throughout the city of Nashville, I’ve had neither the desire … Continue reading In a Year Known For Youth Power, This Nashville High School Student Group Launched a LIT National Movement

5 Things You Missed at Summer’s Most LIT Ticket In Town

This blogger loves what she loves and has no problem publicly professing her love for Project LIT Community! The effort-of-the-heart that populates book deserts with culturally-relevant books and hosts a monthly community book club at the school launched by Maplewood High School English teacher Dr. Jarred Amato and a group of students. I’ve dedicated several blogs to this effort as it something that I believe has … Continue reading 5 Things You Missed at Summer’s Most LIT Ticket In Town

Nashville Summers Are Not All Cowboy Boots and Denim

Summer break in Nashville is in full effect, I know this because last night the CMA Awards kicked off the annual Country Music Festival. Also, schools have been out for two weeks and the great summer happenings are flooding my timeline. However, the business of education is far from adjourned. June is hot for more reasons than the obvious as our city council has on … Continue reading Nashville Summers Are Not All Cowboy Boots and Denim

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

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