As part of our 2022 goals to Listen & Amplify Parent Voices, our Community Organizer, jay brissette, has been holding space virtually for the last two months for Black parents and caregivers to connect, share experiences, and participate in solution-making. Black parents have raised valid concerns and challenges around their own fatigue and exhaustion, barriers in access to … Continue reading Listening Sessions
"Which begs the question: Does it make sense to impose the harshest treatments on the most challenging kids? And are we treating chronically misbehaving children as though they don't want to behave, when in many cases they simply can't?" read Mother Jones article, "What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong"
Yesterday, I went through my second-graders folder as I do daily to review his homework, and sign my initials on his daily agenda. In his folder, I'm shocked to find a copy of a form with a personal note written asking me to sign and return the form. My eyes zoom in on the checked box … Continue reading Second-Grader in Detention? Not my Son!
We had the honor of interviewing Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho who recently launched Black Activist Mothering. Jacqueline performs #BlackActivistMothering as a conceptual framework that is a capturing and both shedding of what it means to be a black mother who engages problems of practice unfolding in urban school settings as community work. A #BlackActivistMother herself, Jacqueline has been trailblazing … Continue reading Black Activist Mothering
While dealing with the limiting and dehumanizing, rigid school district policies regarding my own son, it was refreshing to be in conversation with a dynamic African American educator who's started her own school which is a site of liberation--where the student's passions and interests are that which guide the learnings in the school (as opposed to some … Continue reading The Life School: Where #Blerds Thrive. Interview with Mikala Streeter on Alternative Educational Environments
This mothers Black 7 year-old 2nd grade son was handcuffed at school because he was crying. Here's what his mom has to say: "No schools should be handcuffing little kids. I want it to stop,” said Primm. “Someone needs to step up and speak up. Unfortunately, I’m not a media guru. This is, to a … Continue reading Handcuffed for Crying