Tag: Parents

Here’s What It Means When We Say It ‘Takes a Village’

Community activism has to be a passion and is definitely not something for the faint at heart. One must be an advocate for families, a social worker, a life coach, the person on the block who watches out for their neighbors. This work builds character, but most of us doing it didn’t realize that our past and present experiences is…

Why Shopping for Schools Must be Strategic—Especially When the School You Love Is Closing

Six weeks into the new school year families filled the gym at Aisha Shule/W.E.B. DuBois Preparatory Academy—despite knowing the school would be closing. It was four years ago and I was part of a team of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers asked to come to a school choice fair being held at the school. In our role as support for families, we…

A New Day at Detroit Public Schools……We Need New Results For Our Kids.

As you all know, the Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) board unanimously voted to hire Dr. Nikolai Vitti as the district’s new superintendent. It was a unanimous vote, but a large diverse segment of Detroit wanted the interim superintendent, Alycia Meriweather, to at least be given the chance to interview for the job.  Alycia came onboard at a time…

No Pun Intended Towards You Superintendent Vitti, But This Is A Slap In The Face To Detroiters

Mr. Vitti,  Let me first start by saying we wish you the best since it will benefit our children when you succeed. However the pleas to the newly-elected school board from those who elected them have been totally disregarded and we feel jaded. Alycia Meriweather has and would continue to have served our families well. With that being said, if…

Morning Pick-Me-Ups: Students Need Them Too

Let me start with a confession: 40 percent of the time I am fussing at my daughter on the way to school. It may not be all bad fussing! You know, things like, “Did you get your homework?” “Where’s your bow tie?” “Why did you wear that shirt?” “When you get home don’t forget to…” Blah, blah, blah! I really…

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