teacher sustainability

My Check Was Less Than $900 Last Month

A large number of middle school aged children struggle to spell their names correctly each week. There’s an even larger number of teachers struggling to survive. America doesn’t value teachers because it doesn’t truly value education. My check was less than $900 last month! For the first month at my new school district they paid me as first year teacher.…

Inspiring Black Boys from the Classroom to the Boardroom

Black history is still in the making. A metro Atlanta Black male teacher who inspired, engaged and empowered his students is making history! Everton Blair was recently sworn in as the first African-American to serve on the Gwinnett County Board of Education. He’s been changing the game in education before he became a school board member. Resembling the A Different World Character,…

Charter Schools Could Lead Us to Black History Being Included in Curriculum

I’m a supporter for both Black history and school choice! Speaking of school choice, our charter schools innovation should include teaching Black history. I would love to see some advocacy around Black history included in the curriculum. A curriculum that composed of Black history, now that’s progress! We cannot improve the culture within American society if we continue neglecting to…

Black LGBTQ Students Should Be More Supported

As progressive as Metro Atlanta is, Black LGBTQ students should be more supported. Supporting them starts with Black LGBTQ teachers being embraced and supported. Brian Coleman is a Black male teacher in Chicago who shared his story to the Chicago Unheard. Black LGBTQ students and teachers in Atlanta need empowerment and advocacy too.  I’m a Black Gay Man, and Supporting LGBTQ+…

Black Boys Do Care That School Is Boring

As an advocate, I believe it’s vitally important for us to hear the voices of students who have unique learning abilities. Recently students on my caseload wrote why they have difficulties in school for a writing contest. Black boys do care that school is boring! Our students have voices, we must listen in our work to reform education. Dear Mr. Allen,  School…

Stop Crying About Snow Days When Regular Attendance Sucks!

It’s understandable that severe weather conditions may prevent schools from opening. In cities like Atlanta, schools may be closed 2-3 days throughout the school year for inclement weather. The real issue schools face is not snow days! Regular attendance at school impacts student learning more than snow days. School leaders are constantly having to “reclaim the time!”  On average, I see…

EduSnap18 Highlights Areas in Education to Watch This Year

The Edu Match team has released its third annual snapshot in education. Our team is a group of educators across the nation sharing our experiences in the field. Topics included this year range instructional strategies, equity, cultural competence, educational technology and the war on Black boys. EduSnap 18 gives insight to major areas in education to watch this year. PARENT…