Category: Educators

My Students, My Voice, My Impact

By Dr. Yolanda Bloodsaw, Principal of Old Redford Academy in Detroit As part of our ongoing efforts to close the equity gap between charter schools and traditional public schools, we invited charter parents, educators and advocates to participate in the 2018 Charters Make a Difference Initiative, giving them a chance to tell their charter success story at the capitol. Meet Dr. Yolanda…

How Am I Making History? I’m Teaching the Students Who Will Be Written About in History Books

By Carrie Mattern Last August at a cookout, my dad pulled me aside and said, “Sis, will you just teach English this year? Can you commit to that?” I chuckled, gave him a sly grin, and said, “Sure, Dad. I’ll try.” I was heading into my fifteenth year as a high school English teacher, but my dad knew ‘the job’…

Parents As Partners

By Monica Lewis, Parent A parent is a child’s first teacher.  It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.”  It is through a parent’s teaching that children learn that the word “Stop” means a sudden halt in their tracks because they are doing something displeasing.  Eventually children move beyond infancy and…

A 17 Minute Walkout To Raise Awareness!

This Wednesday, March 14, marks one month since the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students throughout the nation have worked together to plan a nationwide school walkout to voice their concerns about the conditions that allowed this tragedy to happen and as an opportunity to memorialize those who were killed or injured. I’ve been…

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