Tag: Students of Color

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;…

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…

Arne Duncan to Trump and DeVos: We Cannot Stop Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Students

In AJC’s Get Schooled blog hosted by Maureen Downey, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushes back on the Trump’s administration call to leave enforcement of federal civil rights laws to states. Duncan notes that while Trump has claimed education to be “the civil rights issue of our time,” leaving it up to states to protect civil rights will not hold…

Will Proposed Atlanta School Closures Open the Door for Further Gentrification?

There’s a lot of questions and conversations about school closures in Atlanta. In order for us to address the growing concern, we must look at what we know about the correlation and connection of school closures to gentrification. I’ve talked with educators, students, parents, community residents and business owners who are concerned about how gentrification is impacting the education of black, brown and mixed…