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November 2016

Buford Hwy Apartment Association Offers Opportunity for Collaboration on Education and More

The fledgling La Comunidad de Buford Highway (Buford Highway Apartment Association), made up of residents as well as representatives from the Latin American Association and Center for Pan Asian Community Services, have been meeting for several months at the home of Cross Keys High School English teacher Rebekah Cohen Morris.

What Would Happen to Georgia’s Top Universities if They Allowed Undocumented Students?

Yes, people broke the U.S. immigration laws. They brought their babies and their children with them. As a country, can we not look past this when it comes to educating the children? Do we believe generations of people should pay the price for one generations' actions? Do we, as a country, not believe in forgiveness and restoration?

From the AJC: Two Georgia schools to consider immigrants without legal status

Two of Georgia’s most competitive schools — Georgia State and Augusta universities — will consider admitting immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status, starting in the spring of next year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. That will leave three... Continue Reading →

Want to impact student lives? Live where you teach.

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Every day that I’m out buying groceries or getting gas or grabbing a bite to eat, I run into one of my students or someone who knows me from the school I teach at, Cross Keys High School. I live in the same neighborhood where the feeder middle school, Sequoyah, and one of the feeder elementary schools, Cary Reynolds, is located, and I’m only ten minutes away from my work. The location couldn’t be more perfect.

People always ask me, “How do you have time to do all the things you do?” and I always respond, “It’s about synergies.” Many teachers live in one community, teach in another community, and often recreate in yet a different community. In order to be actively involved in all three – and to have an interior life – one would have to resolve to never sleep. However, when all three occur in the same space…

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Chamblee Charter High School Addresses Sensitive Issues Raised by Election

I applaud Dr. Sauce and his team for approaching the behavior and speech ignited by this past election season with discernment and care; and I hope that other schools in our district, state, and country will create even more spaces for students and faculty to wrestle through these difficult issues as our country tries to find a way to bring itself together.

Cross Keys: How One School Confronts Racism in the Age of Trump

I'm deeply grieved by the reports I have heard from the press, the faculty, and the students. My heart aches that our children are being exposed to so many different types of prejudice, racism, hate, and intolerance. Everywhere they look they see offensive Tweets and Facebook posts, they hear obscene remarks from random strangers in the street, and they have to listen to the dehumanizing, degrading speech of their future president.

Doraville Mayor & Community Do Not Want a New High School

I also sit on the school council at Cross Keys High School and the entire council (and everyone present) supported Option B. In conversations with other faculty, the overwhelming majority supported Option B. (When I say "overwhelming majority" I mean that literally no one at the high school has told me they support Option A -- a Doraville HS.)

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum

Housing issues are directly related to the educational climate in a particular area, which is why I wanted to make sure everyone knew about this important event. One of the best measures of school quality is socioeconomic diversity. Figuring out a way to have moderate-/higher-priced housing intermingled with lower-income housing options is important to figuring out how we can have schools that are successful for all children.

Community-Based Lesson Plans in Action: GDOT and Cross Keys HS

If I couldn't answer yes, I didn't teach it. If it was on the state test and they didn't need to know it for any other reason, then I briefly told them what it was, and told them that the only reason they needed to know it was because it'd be on the state test. I made sure to tell them that unless they planned on going into a hyper-specific course on Shakespeare or poetry, knowing the difference between an iamb or a trochee wouldn't make one hell of a difference to their success as a person.

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