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The Story: Why I Left Teaching in DeKalb

Obviously, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I really tried to work with the school administration to help address truly important issues that seemed essential to retaining teachers and helping holistically increase student achievement. However, that style of proactive problem-solving was great for getting some things done. It was not, on the other hand, effective at building strong relationships between me and my administration.

Looking Ahead: Recommendations for Improving the School Site Selection Process

The Shallowford Gardens property looks like it’s going to become an elementary school. There isn’t much that we can do about that at this point. In the future, however, I would love to see a revised site selection process that includes community input and a thorough site analysis and final report. This would go a long way toward improving and sustaining a healthy relationship between the school district and its families.

Does DeKalb Schools Have to Displace Apartment Residents to Build New School?

Before deciding to knock down your students’ homes after promising those same students and their families new facilities to address long-term neglect of the Cross Keys Cluster, I think DCSD should have involved the public in the process, exhaustively explored other options and been able to provide clear, written and thorough explanations as to why alternative properties were not feasible. 

DeKalb County Schools Addresses Overcrowding by Planning to Demolish Apartment Homes

I’m really trying to be collaborative. I’m trying to understand the logic that leaders in DeKalb are using. But today, I’m having an extremely difficult time reconciling that objective with the latest news that DeKalb County School District is going... Continue Reading →

“I’ve Given Up Writing Referrals” — An Examination of Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

As more and more data emerge showing the inefficacy of using in-school and out-of-school suspension to address problematic behavior, the use of “positive behavior interventions & support” (PBIS) has become more common. In fact, the Georgia Department of Education has... Continue Reading →

Not All Elementary Schools Offer After-School Childcare…But They Should

Since I’ve only ever taught high school, my knowledge of pre-K, elementary, and middle school programs has been quite limited. Well, that’s all about to change, I guess. Recently I was registering my daughter for the lottery-funded pre-K program that... Continue Reading →

3 Groups of Latina Students Begin to Form Coalition to Strengthen their Communities

Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at Mi Pilon, a Caribbean restaurant in Norcross, Georgia, to share... Continue Reading →

GA Education Legislation Update: Incentive Pay for Teachers, Students Applying Sunscreen, & School Turnaround Plans

At this point, I'm not offering my opinion on these pieces of proposed legislation except to say this: I think kids should be able to apply their own sunscreen (see HB200). The other ones probably require a little more homework.... Continue Reading →

American Citizen Children are Losing Their Parents

All the while, our students are still trying to be teenagers. Almost 70% of our students at Cross Keys are U.S. citizens, so even if there are some who try to explain away students’ pain by saying that they are “illegal,” they can’t say that. These are legal residents – U.S. citizens – whose parents are being taken away from them. For people who value family as the fundamental building block of society, how can we support these types of initiatives?

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