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…

60| Little Rock Central High School

60 years later and the influence of Little Rock Central High School is still influencing schools in America to do the right thing. In Georgia, there are still segregated proms and student activities. In a social studies class at my school, one of the scholars view of rural areas is that many of the citizen there voted for President Trump…

Effective Governance Builds Effective Schools

“We don’t have a failing school problem, we have a failing leadership problem”! – Erroll Davis Leading any school or school District is not easy. There are a lot of major decisions and long nights that go into ensuring that children and families receive the best education possible. Serving as a Board member and now Chairman of Ivy Preparatory Academy…