Month: June 2017

Girls Will Run the World

I recently had the privilege of being the 2017 Ivy Preparatory Kirkwood Academy 8th Grade Promotional Exercise Speaker. At the request of veteran Educator, Dr. Charcia Nichols who serves as the school Principal, I began to gather words for the theme, “The World Awaits You!” Here’s my message to the scholars, parents and stakeholders as to why the world awaits our girls;…

Chance the Rapper donates one million dollars.

Lost Ones

Dear Students, We often forget days passed. When we sat in the very seats you’re in, walked down the same halls, complained about school lunch and couldn’t wait for summer break to begin. But as we’ve grown into adulthood, we look back and realize that decisions that we make are for you to have a better experience than we did.…

Give Me A Break, I’m OFF!

Teachers need a break just as much as the students !  School has come to an end and summer time is here. Summer break is definitely what teachers, administrators and support staff all need; time away from the work of educating children. Being in Education isn’t a walk in the park as some people believe. We are not just educating…

Trump Dumps Family Engagement Centers

Family engagement essential ingredient for student success! – Dr. Karen Mapp  President Trump recently signed a bill which continues funding for education through September 2017. As a member of the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement, I am very concerned about how this will effect the ability for schools across the nation to effectively engage families and communities. There…

Unfair discipline policies against Black girls

Let’s Be Honest, Schools Aren’t Safe Spaces For Black Girls

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” –Audre Lorde People’s ignorant and reckless fantasies of Black girls are dangerous. We cannot continue to spectate nor diminish the traumatic experiences Black girls are enduring in schools across the nation. Black girls being bullied by their peers and dismissed by school…

Betsy DeVos advice

Public Relations Advice for Betsy DeVos

It would be an understatement to say that Secretary DeVos has performed poorly in her speaking engagements –from her confirmation hearing to commencement speeches to budget testimonies– and viewers tuning into watch this week’s appearance in front of the Senate are unsure whether or not they will witness an informative declaration or a theatrical blunder. Michael J. Petrilli, President of the Thomas B.…

The Fundamental Elements of Outreach

Outreach, the extent to reach out or to reach further than!  Outreach is a critical piece to community engagement. Many of our stakeholders in Education are judged by stereotypes and prejudices that often prevent them from being partners of schools. School Districts across the Nation are struggling with how to effectively engage communities and families in order to enhance the…