Strong Leaders Fight to Make Equity a Priority in Education

Given the national conversation around the failures of our country’s system of education, this may sound a little bit crazy, but I am deeply hopeful about the future of our schools. We are gradually seeing schools embrace authentic and inquiry-based models of instruction like project-based learning. We are learning about how to create trauma-informed schools,… Continue Reading →

Encouraging Literacy: How Reading Can Transform a School

At Thomasville Heights Elementary School (THES), we have a strong focus on literacy, with the awareness that reading is the core of all learning. Studies have shown that just reading 20 minutes a day can positively impact a student’s academic growth substantially. THES has an ongoing mission to increase our students daily reading within the… Continue Reading →

In Chess, It’s About More Than Winning

In just a couple of years, students from Luther J. Price Middle School have become a force in the Georgia and national chess community. Chess at Price has helped our students achieve and succeed like they rarely have before. While so many of our Price students struggle to read, write and perform academic work on… Continue Reading →

Equity Matters: Why Not All Schools Are Equal

Atlanta is my hometown. I grew up here, I’ve raised my family here, and I suspect I’ll always live here. I love pretty much everything about Atlanta: our neighborhoods, the parks, the restaurants, the Braves. It’s always been a place of economic opportunity, too, and as someone who has worked in Atlanta’s city government, community… Continue Reading →

The Impact of Mindfulness

“Alright guys. Find a safe place for you in the room and prepare to go inward. It’s just you in this safe place so give yourself a moment to just breathe. “Relax your eyes, drop your shoulders and simply breathe. As the thoughts come, acknowledge them and let them pass by, refocusing on your breathing.”… Continue Reading →

Why Project-Based Learning Matters in Turnaround Schools

Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach that provides opportunities for students to collaborate and drive their own learning through an extended course of study of a real-life topic that is applicable to their lives. Continue Reading →

The Cracked Mirror

In this essay, Price Middle School Principal Luqman Abdur-Rahman considers how the work of an educator in a turnaround school is like that of a revolutionary, working to transform a system that has historically kept students from uncovering their true potential. In ‘The Cracked Mirror,’ Principal Abdur-Rahman explains why the work starts from within the educator. Continue Reading →

Education is the Gateway

When I was just 13 years old, I walked eight blocks, caught the subway, then walked another five blocks to get to my highly competitive school across the city. The trip was about one and a half hours each way. Continue Reading →