Author: Jason B. Allen

Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.

A Growing Voice for Change in Atlanta.

Ed Chang, Executive Director of redefinED atlanta says it’s time for Atlanta stakeholders to join together and help redefine education in Atlanta. Last month we featured Roland Martin and several groups in Atlanta, including BOOK, to help ensure that children not finding successful educational outcomes, particularly Black and Brown children, do. This work connects to the One Atlanta vision and…

Black Girls Can Graduate in 3 Years From College Too!

A former student of mine is still breaking barriers and defeating the odds. These empowering words to Black girls in Georgia schools are written by Ashley Sheats, an Applied Linguistics senior at Georgia State University. Since attending Atlanta Public Schools and being an Alumni of Carver Early College High School, I’ve always set my own standard. Now, I am enjoying…

A Salute to My Mama

Our Black boys have something to say. I’m creating a space that’s empowering young Black boys to appreciate and respect girls and women. Often times we don’t hear our Black boys and the things they would desire to express because of the false pretenses we have around manhood. In spite of these pretenses, one of my 7th grade students wrote…

Black Boys Propel Themselves Into Success

The City of Atlanta has a lot of people who have been working in schools and communities to empower and educate Black boys. As we celebrate the rebirth of Morris Brown College, this program which has been located on the campus for years is still doing the work of providing educational and life skills to Black boys. There may be…

Solving the Race Problem for Black Boys in Schools

Solving the race problem in America’s classrooms is not a simple equation. That doesn’t make it impossible to solve! Regardless of how it gets solved, we cannot continue to ignore the impact of racism on Black boys in schools. The National Museum of African-American History highlights the negative impact of American stereotypes of Black citizens. Stereotypes negatively impact Black boys…

Black and Brown Parents in Atlanta Say Not on Our Watch!

More and more citizens in communities that are too often overlooked are standing up! In the White House, Betsy Devos and President Trump are recommending cuts to many programs benefiting the success of Black boys in school. Not on our watch!  Black women aren’t letting Black and brown children get left behind in Atlanta anymore. Two Black mothers in Atlanta…