We The People

We the people

    We The People, We Got Work To Do With the people, for the people, by the people. I crack up when I hear it; I say with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, cause that’s what really happens                                -Fannie Lou Hamer This past weekend, voters in the great state of Louisiana went to the polls to choose from several candidates vying for city, parish and statewide political seats in various… Read More

Heroes in Education: The Belief in Possibilities

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  Recently I was asked to present an award at the 2015 OPEN Public Education Awards. The gala showcases innovators and exemplars in public education telling the untold stories of successful schools in New Orleans. I was thrilled to be invited and grateful for the opportunity, yet I had no idea of the impact the event would have on my perception of education. With so many people offering up their opinions on… Read More

Meeting of the Minds

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  I recently attended a town hall held by the Orleans Parish School Board at my daughter’s school, Andrew H. Wilson. What I thought was going to be a meeting to discuss issues within the school system and how they planned to fix them did not happen. For starters, I wonder why these sorts of meetings are not advertised to the public. There are numerous ways to do so, like social media,… Read More

We Must Not Give Up

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Would you give up on your child? Would you allow anyone to hurt them? Are they less important than the next child in the next state? Of course, we as parents would never give up on our most precious gifts. Our children help save us from the hardest times in our lives, so wouldn’t we save them from their hardest times? Children have been made to be the most controversial issue in… Read More

Education and Poverty: The Conversation that Doesn’t Exist

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“When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you can only work in a poor-paying job. And that poor-paying job enables you to live again in a poor neighborhood. So, it’s a very vicious cycle.”—Malcolm X The… Read More

Night of Inspiration

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  Everyone looks for that one night of inspiration. What’s your inspiration? How does it make you feel inside? Does it make you smile or laugh? Do you dream about it? What’s your definition of inspiration? Last week, I attended an event called “The Family Night of Inspiration” held at Andrew H. Wilson Charter School. It was open to the public. It was an open house for the school to showcase all… Read More

Knowledge is Power

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  In this day and age, knowledge is the most powerful tool available for all of mankind. It also makes you wonder why don’t we highlight more of our youth that are accomplishing so much in school and in their communities. Here in New Orleans we tend to focus on the negative actions of youth; our youth need to be empowered and encouraged more so they want to be successful. We have… Read More

As Parents We Ask, Who Cares for Children Anymore?

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I eat, sleep and breath education nowadays. I am always contemplating what can be done to make things better for our kids in New Orleans. How can the groups that I am involved in affect parental involvement, awareness and participation? From leadership classes to town hall meetings, these thoughts of how to spark holistic growth in our schools run through my mind. One morning it wasn’t any different but as I sat… Read More