Posts Tagged:Advocate

Do You Advocate for Your Child?

Special education teacher Dr. Shanell Reid discusses why and how we must advocate for our children. While working as a bus driver, Dr. Reid started her advocacy journey by championing for her son who was struggling in school. Decades later, she continues empowering students and their parents by teaching them how to advocate for themselves. Please watch this video and…...

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School Tried To Label Her Son “Retarded” But She Fought Back And Won

Telling parents that their child has special needs can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. In this segment, Christine Jenkins shares her experiences with her child’s school district. The school district labeled her son as “retarded” with behavioral issues. This mother fought the school system back and ultimately moved him to another district where he is doing well.…...

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Seven Steps to Writing an Effective Letter or Email to Your Child’s School

By: Tyra Seldon An upset mother recently reached out to me. She had an issue that she was trying to resolve and unfortunately, she felt as if she had hit a stone wall. The mother was frustrated and deeply concerned that her concerns were not being addressed by the school. I asked her to share…...

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Is School Desegregation Still the Answer? (Video)

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Tips on Being a Helpful Hoverer

We have all heard the term “helicopter parents,” and it is usually used in a negative way. But I have often wondered if it is that bad thing to “hover” over your children? One might define a “helicopter parent” as one who is always there to pick up the pieces or, better yet, put the…

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University of Missouri Student Resorts To Hunger Strike to Demand Removal of Wolfe as University President

By Victor Ochieng A University of Missouri-Columbia graduate student embarked on a hunger strike on Monday at 9 am to demand the removal of Tim Wolfe as the president of University of Missouri System. Jonathan Butler who’s a master’s student and an activist has stated that he’s ready to lose his life if Wolfe won’t…

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High Stakes Testing and the Black Community: Just Say No!

The most pressing crisis facing the Black community is the state of education of our children. The crisis is evident in mass incarceration, high rates of poverty and unemployment, and gaps in academic achievement among a significant part of our community. At the root of these issues lies the subpar quality of education that many…...

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What is Culturally Responsive Teaching, Anyway?

[fvplayer src=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/ybevideos/Shonta+Smith+on+2015-09-21+at+10.07+For+Internet.mov”] The declining numbers of Black teachers has had a damaging effect on the education of Black children. Matters have been worsened by non-black teachers who lack understanding of our culture and our children. Dr. Shonta Smith, Professor at Southeast Missouri State University, defines culturally responsive teaching and how it contributes to, or interferes…...

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Activists are Bringing Education Back to Girls in Nigeria, Despite Boko Haram

By Evette D. Champion Out of the estimated 57 million children that are not in school around the world, 10 million of these children reside in Nigeria. What’s even more disheartening is that the majority of these children are female. In the predominantly Muslim northern portion of the African country, the situation is bleak. Girls…

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