Month: October 2017

There Are No Children at the Door

Atlanta is beginning to see the results of gentrification in Historic Black communities. Since the early 2000’s the focus on removing affordable housing projects in communities, school closings, the cheating scandal and poor educational and government leadership have turned once thriving African-American based communities to now dying communities. Now dying communities due to the lack of affordable housing, closing schools,…

Welcome All!

“I prefer not to be in a space where the occupants don’t desire my presence or my well-being!”  Do all students and families truly feel welcomed at your school? Imagine if this was a top priority of educational leaders, to ensure that every scholar and their families  feel welcomed and apart of the school. Welcoming environments are not just key…

Cutting Recess Doesn’t Work!

I’m an advocate for recess! Working as a school administrator, I have found myself making the mistake of taking away recess from scholars due to poor behavior. I quickly learned that doing this doesn’t support the restorative culture that we want for our schools. Taking away recess doesn’t help restore scholars to succeed. Here’s why recess helps:  Health and wellness…

10 Reasons Support Staff Aren’t Supported

It is so important that we put the needs of our children first. The support of Nurses, Counselors, Graduation Coaches, Student Life Directors, Para Professionals, RTI, Gift and Talented Coordinators, Special Education Coordinators  and Family Engagement Coordinators help make this dynamic work happen. Yet, educational leaders continue to send monies and resources to other areas of focus in education that…

BOOKed for Student Engagement

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in the 1st Annual BOOK Education Summit in Atlanta. It was simply amazing! I had the honor of being the Moderator for the Student Engagement Panel that joined together the voices of middle school to college scholars. I contacted the organizers to see if I could bring my student panel…