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Ask yourself the question… What is the goal of education? Is it to gain specific knowledge and skills in order to get a good job or start aMH900439573 business? Is it to learn how be social and civic minded so that you can make the world a better place? What about this one; education’s goal is to teach people essential interpersonal skills and tolerance so that they can form successful relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Or maybe, it’s more simplistic than that.  Maybe, the goal of education is simply to help people attain their goals and realize their dreams. Continue Reading

Hello Family!

Very briefly…. I prepared this document for Nia’s school and decided to post it on my blog in the event that there are any teachers, parents or administrators out there who need a quick and last minute resource to begin their Black History Month celebrations tomorrow!  It’s a “On This Day in Black History…” and gives an important fact for each day of the month… Continue Reading

OK I know it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be of good cheer, but again, I got frustrated and had to get this off my chest. I’ve been so busy lately that I am just now getting to sit down to write about it…

 A few weeks ago, I was in the library doing some work. As I was working, an interaction between a teacher and student caught my attention. The teacher was going over incomplete assignments the student had to finish before the end of the semester.  She points out what he had to do and tells him to sit at a table and get started; she was getting ready to give him an exam after that…

 I had to ask

 I made eye contact with the teacher and smiled. She smiled back and we started to talk. Continue Reading

It’s a moment all parents face…. and a few days ago I faced it for the first time… Nia comes home from school and begins telling me about all of her friends who are on Facebook! “Uh oh, here we go,” I said to myself.  Then came… THE QUESTION… “Mommy, can I have a Facebook account?” Continue Reading

Ok, Family I need your help… I was asked by my Asst. Principal at Nia’s school to serve as the Parent Council Representative of the local chapter of the NAACP.  In that role, I am charged with bringing together African–American parents in the school and creating an opportunity to share information, network, and discuss issues that affect our children in the school.

 In preparation for this, I began reflecting on my past experiences as a teacher…. Wondering what am I going to do?

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Hey Family,

How is everyone doing? Those following me on Twitter saw my tweet earlier today about having to do lesson plans for a class I got late notice that I will be teaching beginning tomorrow. In fact I started a hashtag, #lessonplanningalldaylong LOL; feel free to add your tweets to share about last minute lesson planning! However, all day long, instead of lesson planning, I’ve been working on my addition to the video archive sprouting up all over YouTube. Now, I want to write a short posting on my blog.

I am overwhelmed! I haven’t marched on the Mall since my days at Howard University when we cut class to attend the Black College Day rallies in the early 1980s. Continue Reading

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Monday, March 17, 2008

In Memoriam: Dr. Dennis Pett

It is fitting that I begin this journey by paying homage to my teacher and mentor, Dr. Dennis Pett; an Indiana University professor for over 30 years and icon in the educational technology industry.

Dr Pett’s pioneering work in the areas of visual literacy; the uses of audio-visual materials in education and instructional television has long been held as a standard of excellence by educational technologist across the country. Continue Reading

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