Author: Jason B. Allen

Over the last 10 years, Jason B. Allen has worked in Education servicing our students, families and communities in various positions from After School and Summer Camp Director, Teacher Assistant, Associate Teacher, ELA & Reading Teacher (elem, middle and high school), Parent Liaison and a Family Engagement Specialist. A major goal of his is to ensure that all youth have positive role models to emulate and aspire them to find greatness in their endeavors. Throughout his academic career, he has mentored many young, African American males through his national mentoring program, BMWI (Black Men with Initiative), serving as the third National President. He has also volunteered with several community organizations including PTSA, Lillie’s Foundation and the JoJo Martin Renal Disease Foundation. He has served in various Board Chair capacities, completed Board Certification through the GA Charter Schools Commission, GA Leadership Academy Economic & Leadership Development Certification. He’s also a YouCAN advocate with 50Can and a 2017 GA Forward fellow. Embedding the spirit of service, the main goal of Mr. Allen is to simply help others along his life’s journey. He’s dedicated to servicing those in need, determined to do the right thing for the right reasons and dependable; living by his word being his bond.

I Am Not Here for Atlanta’s Whitewashing of Historic Black and Brown Communities and Schools

Is Atlanta whitewashing historic Black and Brown communities and schools? Many Black Atlanta natives and transplants would say yes. In the late 60’s and 70’s, Atlanta saw what is called “White Flight,” where white citizens living inside the city limits began to leave as Black and other minority groups became homeowners in the city. This lead to the development of Black built…

We Must Lift Every Voice! #AdvocacyMatters

“If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions! Listen twice, speak once.” – Tupac Shakur  Over the last couple of years in Atlanta, advocacy has been demonized and labeled as a bad thing. One contributing factor to this is that some parents and community stakeholders are using advocacy to “agitate” the system for personal glorification. How…

No Where to Go! The Struggle of Muslim Students in American Schools

I’m not Muslim, but I understand how they feel. As a Black male in America, I’m often the victim of stereotypes—a public menace, criminal, thug and the countless other assumptions that are accompanied with being Black in America. The issue is, stereotypes are mostly negative and portray something or someone negatively. It’s time that we address the unfair, biases that are…

Miseducating Students and Disengaging Families

Many school Districts across the Nation are working to wrap their hands around innovative and effective ways to engage communities and families that they serve. Here are some ways to innovative engage stakeholders and common issues faced with engagement. Teachers play a critical role in educating our students and also engaging our families. However, teachers and the Parent Liaison can’t…

Millennial Charter Leaders are Changing the Game!

Millennial leaders are thriving in Education around Metro Atlanta proving that the Black and Brown communities are very much connected to and involved in school choice. It’s refreshing to see young, Black educators in positions of leadership and influence helping change the course of our children’s learning. Davion Lewis is the incoming Executive Director at Latin College Prep Charter School in East Point…

Does Equity in Education Really Exist?

“Education must not simply teach work, it must teach life.+- W.E.B. DuBois  We should have equality in all our schools. Equity allows all students to be treated the same and having access to highly enriched educational resources. Education is life building, not simply passing a test and building good academic data. in 2017, we must ask ourselves what equity in education truly looks like…