Tag: Community Engagement

American Promise: Race and Education

American Promise , the documentary/film which focuses in on the journey of two Black males from middle class families attending private schools, was released in 2014. It highlights their struggles and successes. I feel that the film is informative yet challenging. It challenges us to see the importance of removing the stereotypes of Black males.  The young boys portrayed in a stereotypical…

A Teacher’s View on Successful Ways to Turn Around Student Success

“Improve Lives. One Life at a Time.” – Corey Griffith   This post features Atlanta Educator, Corey Griffith fifth grade teacher at Woodson Park Academy located on the west side of Atlanta, GA. Corey specializes in the utilization of culturally responsive strategies, which promote academic achievement and success for all students. His sole mission is to, “Improve Lives. One Life at a Time.”  …

Extra Curricular Activities Lead Students to Success

“When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I discovered the extra curricular activities that interested to me; theatre and music.” – Morgan Freeman  Eric Stirgus recently wrote an article focusing on the effects on extra curricular programs on student performance. As a product of Atlanta Public Schools and former teacher, I know first hand the importance of…

Raising 3 Kings! A Success Story from a Single Mother

“The greatest achievement I’ve experienced in life is raising my sons and seeing their successes!” Tonya Winters Buford      This post features Atlanta Educator and super mom, Tonya Winter’s Buford, who shares some of the successes and struggles of raising Black sons as a single mother. It’s not easy raising boys to be men as a single mother, but at…

Engaging Families and Communities Can’t All Be About the Photo Op, It Has to Be Intentional and Actually Mean Something

In order for schools to respect all families, they must be informed, trained and intentional about engaging all families and the communities they serve. Engagement can’t be centered solely on federal requirements and money. Education leaders have to go beyond photo opportunities and policy and parental involvement checklists to truly connect with families. In an effort to positively change school environment…