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
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
A piece of the sky has landed on my head. Similar the chick in the story Chicken Little, I am compelled to try to communicate to readers news about the falling sky, to translate a sense of urgency about the barriers to today’s children becoming fully equipped citizens of tomorrow. Unlike Chicken Little, my news, such as our children’s inability to read the world around … Continue reading Will Two Years Of Second Grade Solve The Literacy Crisis?
Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is a coalition of churches and unions focused on raising awareness and holding the city’s leadership accountable on the monster issues that many pretend do not exist. We can ignore mammoth-sized problems like nobody’s business. While I’d love to see them focus specifically on education, I commend them for focusing on the issues that are married to education … Continue reading Be Part of the Solution: NOAH Hosts Discussions Around the City on School-to-Prison Pipeline
In recent years, Nashville has been at the top of many lists: friendliest, best music life, growing food scene, and one of the best places to live and work. Yes, from the looks of it, Nashville is the place to be, the It City (another list); the kind of place big cities want to emulate and small towns want to become. Thanks to these lists … Continue reading Nashville’s Prosperity Rests on Backs of Unhoused, Over-Jailed, and Undereducated