Posted on: February 3, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

My Experience with PTSD as an Educator in Atlanta

As an Army wife, it feels strange writing about my own experience with PTSD. I do not take the experiences of veterans who have suffered from PTSD lightly. But the reality is that PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is more common than most people think. It doesn’t just occur as a response to being in war. Many people suffer from it as a result of life-altering events. More recently, educators…

Posted on: February 3, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

The ‘D’ Word: The Overwhelming Effects of Data on Schools.

[Based on the state’s CCRPI scores] “Elementary schools had total scores ranging from a high of 81.3 to a low of 39.8 points.  The average elementary school score was a 64.2, while the state’s average elementary school score was 77.8,” a Henry County Schools press release states. “40.2% of Atlanta Public Schools 3rd grade students are reading at or above the grade level target,” reports the Governor’s Office of Student…

Posted on: January 13, 2019 Posted by: Mike Creekmore, Jr. LPC Comments: 0

Superhero: The Black Male School Counselor

It’s the first week of school, I’ve been paged… I know it’s probably one of my students- a first or fifth grader. I turn the corner to the downstairs First Grade Hallway and see Matthew*. He’s flailing and yelling at his teacher as tears streak down his face. The teacher is standing in the doorway to prevent him from running away, the rest of the class is getting restless and…

Posted on: November 17, 2018 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Teachers Must Not Only Be Non-Racist, But Anti-Racist

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.” – Night by Elie Wiesel Every year I was in the classroom, I…

Posted on: November 7, 2018 Posted by: Akilah Harper Comments: 0

Four reasons why parents should attend all IEP meetings

As a former special education teacher I know first hand how valuable an IEP is to a students education. Watching students struggle to understand their assignments because they are not given the appropriate accommodations. I’ve had students ball up timed quizzes in frustration because they could not concentrate under the allotted time limit, not knowing that if someone advocated for them during their last IEP meeting they could be given…