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

Nashville’s Charters Sidestep Chatter and Run Up the Score

My grandmother would always say, “I can show you better than I can tell you.” It was a mantra she lived by, which meant, in practical terms, that if someone crossed her, she might not say much, but you could bet your bottom dollar swift and decisive action was sure to follow. I think the charter school leaders and parents might be taking a page … Continue reading Nashville’s Charters Sidestep Chatter and Run Up the Score

Tennessee, You Do Nobody Favors by Hiding How Many of Our Students Are Struggling

Last week I posted a blog about my wobbly hope in Tennessee’s education future, only to declare two hours later that my hope took a nosedive after receiving “good news” from the Tennessee Department of Education about our students’ latest standardized test scores. Just because it glitters… Don’t Fall for the ‘Good News’ Graph This is the first and only graphic state education officials pushed … Continue reading Tennessee, You Do Nobody Favors by Hiding How Many of Our Students Are Struggling

Remembering the Lens of Hope…

Just two hours ago I published a short post on Tennessee’s plan to educate every child through innovative strategies and how the state is leading the nation in changing the game. I wrote of belief in our state officials and of hope (though cautious). Then this happened. Excited to share that across all content areas, high school students improved their performance on TNReady! See more … Continue reading Remembering the Lens of Hope…

2017 Testing in Tennessee Is Off to a Great Start…Whether We Like It or Not

It’s Day 3 of TNReady, Tennessee’s renamed standardized test, and so far, so good! You may remember last year’s fatal glitches, but by all accounts, this year’s tests are smooth sailing. Check out Commissioner Candace McQueen below: TNReady is off to a successful start! Thousands of students have taken TNReady online with even more showing what they know on paper pic.twitter.com/5iXxq3ls77 — TN Dept of … Continue reading 2017 Testing in Tennessee Is Off to a Great Start…Whether We Like It or Not

Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting

The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education is making big statements on behalf of the local teachers’ union these days. At Tuesday night’s business meeting, the group of nine voted unanimously on several key items, chief among them are establishment of collaborative conferencing and resolution to oppose use of TCAP in 2016-17 teacher evaluations. Collaborative Conferencing For decades, MNPS staff and teacher union reps battled it out in … Continue reading Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting