Governor-Elect Lee: Let These 4 Things Guide Your Education Decisions

Dear Governor-Elect Lee: This will be short and sweet. As a political newcomer, it’s possible you are only peripherally familiar with the battles in and around education. The bloodiest of them are not found in the area of your residence, Williamson County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation with the second highest performing school district in the state. Further, you may not be … Continue reading Governor-Elect Lee: Let These 4 Things Guide Your Education Decisions

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?

TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines

The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced the creation and deployment of a TNReady accountability corp to serve as the state’s eyes, ears, and thermometer on the ground. The newly minted group, TNReady Ambassadors, consists of 37 classroom teachers and testing coordinators who will be trained in all things TNReady and will “assist with planning and presenting professional development across the state; evaluate test day … Continue reading TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines

Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs

As an employee of the public school system, it was my job to rally against anything that threatened business as usual. Let’s just say I was busy. Within a relatively short period of time, proposals inundated the school district, each offering challenges to our status quo. Charter schools, school uniforms, year-round calendar, and alternative teacher licensing programs all hit the scene hard and fast and … Continue reading Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs

In First Forum of Election Season, Tennessee Candidates for Governor Talk Education and I’m Listening

It’s about to get real in Tennessee politics with the official launch of the gubernatorial election season. Tonight, candidates will participate in the first of many forums and it happens to be devoted to education in Tennessee. Kudos to the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) for recognizing the importance of kickstarting the new year and the road to November with education as the North Star. Continue reading In First Forum of Election Season, Tennessee Candidates for Governor Talk Education and I’m Listening