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Respectful Ways to Engage All Families

“No single education stakeholder group can do the job ahead to transform Priority Schools. It will take all of us—teachers, education support professionals, principals, superintendents, school board members, parents, families, government leaders, business leaders, faith-based leaders” —Working Together, Dennis Van Roekel An old wise saying, “never let your good be evil spoken of!” is so key to how we respect…

Admit One – The Hype about School Vouchers

“[T]raditional public schools are not succeeding. In fact, let’s be clear, in many cases, they are failing. That’s helped people become more open to what were once considered really radical reforms—reforms like vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts.” 2013. – Betsy Devos  Everyone wants to be on the winning team. There’s no difference in education. Public education hasn’t been…

Family Over Everything! #FamilyEngagementMatters

“Family engagement  is an essential ingredient for student success!” – Dr. Karen Mapp  There’s a popular neighborhood saying, “family over everything”, which ironically is quite the opposite of what it actually happening with modern day American families in school Districts across the Nation. Pew Research Center stated in a recent article that “Two parent families are on the decline in America!” This…

Full steAm Ahead! The “A” Matters!

“Engaging students’ strengths using art activities increases motivation and the probability of STEM success.” – Anne Jolly Science, Technology, Engineering and Math have definitely been target areas in Education for many years.  The next wave of creative thinkers and game changers can be sitting in the class rooms labeled as special education or failing and we wouldn’t even know it. I’m a…

Poverty Pimping: The Effects of Affordable Housing on Public Schools

The average family earning minimum wage spends 141 percent of their income struggling to meet basic needs – food, shelter, clothing. —Sherrod Brown Across America, there is a population of students in school districts that are labeled as the “transient population” because of their family’s mobility rate.The mobility of students from school-to-school is primarily connected to affordable housing and access to…

Arne Duncan to Trump and DeVos: We Cannot Stop Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Students

In AJC’s Get Schooled blog hosted by Maureen Downey, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushes back on the Trump’s administration call to leave enforcement of federal civil rights laws to states. Duncan notes that while Trump has claimed education to be “the civil rights issue of our time,” leaving it up to states to protect civil rights will not hold…

Will Proposed Atlanta School Closures Open the Door for Further Gentrification?

There’s a lot of questions and conversations about school closures in Atlanta. In order for us to address the growing concern, we must look at what we know about the correlation and connection of school closures to gentrification. I’ve talked with educators, students, parents, community residents and business owners who are concerned about how gentrification is impacting the education of black, brown and mixed…