Month: June 2018

SELF EVALUATION OR SELF HYPE?

Today marks the due date for the MNPS School Board’s evaluation of the Director of Schools. Dr. Joseph has already completed his self-evaluation (SJoseph Summative Self-Eval Evidence Companion – June 2018 to Board 06.1…) and widely shared it with the public…. Read More ›

DOCTOR MY EYES

Too often, MNPS initiatives are driven by outside entities. Our literacy plans are written by outside consultants and our teachers coached by people contracted by the district. We purchase scripted curriculum from the University of Pittsburgh. We have contracted specialists… Read More ›

IT’S A MATTER OF CULTURE

“Books are fun, Nicholas, he says, they’re like amusement parks for readers. Yeah, well, maybe they would be fun if I got to pick the rides sometimes, you answer.” – Kwame Alexander, Booked This past weekend, I attended the very… Read More ›

SHADES OF DORIAN GRAY

I know it’s not a perfect analogy, but every time MNPS rolls out a new presentation, it’s The Picture of Dorian Gray that comes to mind. In the Oscar Wilde-written novel, the character, Dorian Gray, wishes to remain young and beautiful… Read More ›

SUMMER IN THE CITY

Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn’t it a pity Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city Those words by the Lovin’ Spoonful seem to be the perfect… Read More ›

IN SEARCH OF EQUITY

It seems like you can’t hold a conversation these days about Metro Nashville Public Schools without also discussing race, class, and equity. On a lot of levels, that’s a very good thing. For too long, we’ve put our collective heads… Read More ›