To know the way forward, you must know what took place before you. Not only that, you must know who walked before you. To be effective in that process, you must be intentional and thoughtful. These realities have begun to ring more true the older I get. I am learning the value in engaging our near history to shape the narratives that we employ in our present to forge a … [Read more...]
A space for local and national stories about issues surrounding education, especially as they relate to African Americans.
Richard Anton Chakolis, Sr. is an educator who enjoys his career. Throughout his 51 years teaching, he has worked with at-risk students and diverse groups of various ability. Said Chakolis, “I get up every morning and am excited to go to work. Maybe just some type of encouragement — some positive comment — may help to turn someone’s life around.” Chakolis, holds a master’s … [Read more...]
Legacy Keepers Inc.'s model is an excellent example of putting into practice the idea that for youngsters to be serious about learning, instructors need to be serious about educating them. It's one thing to decry educational disparity, another to go about solving the problem, and the grassroots nonprofit is thoroughly exhaustive in its innovative, hands-on approach. They … [Read more...]
“Our goal is for them to be prepared to be service leaders.” These are the words of Jermain Cooper, superintendent and executive director of T.R.U.T.H. Preparatory Academy in St. Paul. It is a relatively new school — the academy doors were opened in the fall of 2016. It is currently serving just under 200 K-5 students. Ninety-eight percent of their students are African … [Read more...]