COVID-19 Resource Survival Guide for Parents

COVID-19 Resource Survival Guide for Parents

Before COVID-19 life was normal for you. It was so much easier to have your children dropped off at school and leave them underneath the tutelage of teachers, after all, that’s what the profession of a teacher is for right? If you’re reading this article you probably never thought in a million years that the option of sending your children to school would no longer be an option at least for the 2019-2020 school year. You are now faced with this newfound dilemma that entails homeschooling your children. Whether you are working from home or whether you are currently unemployed due to changes in the economy you can rest assured that you got this. I have compiled a list of resources that I hope would be of assistance to you in this season where you are weathering uncharted territory. Continue reading “COVID-19 Resource Survival Guide for Parents”

What New Law of 2019 will affect New York State Teachers and Students?

What New Law of 2019 will affect New York State Teachers and Students?

While New York State teachers are mentally preparing their curriculums this summer for the upcoming school year one thing New York teachers may want to include in the curriculum is age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention training for students. As of June 20th, 2019 after an eight-year battle with a vote of 143-1 New York became the 37th state to pass the Erin’s Law, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature and is waiting on the signature of Governor Cuomo.  Continue reading “What New Law of 2019 will affect New York State Teachers and Students?”

A Letter to Teachers of Challenging Kids!

A Letter to Teachers of Challenging Kids!

Dear Teachers,

That challenging kid/s in your class they never asked to be there but considering that destiny caused you two to meet its best you greet them with the intentions to teach them.

Their job is to grow as a student and your job is to help them grow knowing that all children learn differently even if the learning style between the way and others in their class learn are visible distinctly.

That kid/s is struggling behaviorally for a reason but you were put in their life during this season on purpose to be a visible display of what unconditional love looks like. Continue reading “A Letter to Teachers of Challenging Kids!”

Children’s Dreams are not meant to be Doubted but to be Believed!

Children’s Dreams are not meant to be Doubted but to be Believed!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 approximately 9:35 am in the children’s brightly colored library at the preschool I work for, the children sat row by row on the carpet in anticipation of what book the librarian would read to them this week. My heart leaped with joy as I realized that the book she chose to read in honor of Black History Month was an autobiography based on a true story of an African American girl named Mae Jemison.The book was entitled Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed. A child instantaneously made the connection by looking at the cover that the book would be about an astronaut. The children silently and curiously listened intently to the story. Out of all the stories read in that library this one resonated with me the most as it triggered a painful memory that I remember vividly to this day as if it happened yesterday. Continue reading “Children’s Dreams are not meant to be Doubted but to be Believed!”

Are we proactively teaching Children to love and embrace Their Race as well as Others?

Are we proactively teaching Children to love and embrace Their Race as well as Others?

Rarely people take pleasure in talking about the “Elephant” in the room, especially if that elephant is race. Because it is such a difficult topic to address we much rather prefer to choose a colorblind approach to race acting as if we can not see it and it does not exist at times. We are guilty of wanting to sweep the issue underneath the rug as opposed to educating ourselves around it and collaboratively coming together as educators,parents or caretakers with the best strategies on how to address it effectively. The fact still remains that it is not an issue that is going to go away so why not confront it as opposed to avoiding to talk about it? Continue reading “Are we proactively teaching Children to love and embrace Their Race as well as Others?”

Do Children suffer in silence when Schools fail to educate on Personal Body Safety?

Do Children suffer in silence when Schools fail to educate on Personal Body Safety?

Sexual abuse is a worldwide epidemic that affects children of all ages, ethnicities, races and gender. All over this world children are suffering in silence. Whether we as educators want to believe it or not there are children in our classrooms, schools or even children we pass by on the streets and wave a friendly hello to that are are being sexually abused. However they do not have the knowledge, skills or the courage to speak up about the abuse because of lack of training, fear, or even lack of understanding as to what it is they are experiencing. More importantly how do they speak up if they never even had the training that enabled them to do such a thing? Such is the case with Jada Pierce. Continue reading “Do Children suffer in silence when Schools fail to educate on Personal Body Safety?”