River Deep, Mountain High

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

I’ve had this post on deck for some time now, because I didn’t want to offend anyone. However, now that I am managing corps members of my own, there are certain strategies that I’ve incorporated from my time with TFA. During my two corps years, I often heard my peers complain about the uniform, inauthentic…

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Two Weeks! Too Weak!! Wow, I haven’t blogged in two weeks!! Crazy! One of the reasons for this is that I’ve been enjoying my new job, which at some point I’ll blog more about. The other reason for my infrequent blogging is that there’s far too much going on in the country, not just in…

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Aug 08 2012

Money Trail: How Poverty Limits Opportunity

Certain segments of the population are fond of citing irresponsibility and poor choices as the primary driver behind the lack of opportunity for poor households. A few months ago, one article began claiming that people didn’t need welfare because they had microwaves and TVs! Often, the general public takes such claims at face value because…

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“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” -Olympic Creed The Olympics have been amazing to watch (or, rather,…

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Jul 27 2012

Stop! In The Name of Logic.

July has been a slow month for blogging. This isn’t because I don’t have a lot to say, quite the opposite really, but I’ve been so busy transitioning to a new job that it has been difficult to keep abreast of my writing. That said, I’ve come very close to saying a few things about…

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Jul 15 2012

When You Fail To Plan…

“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” While in college, I participated on a lot of student-run organizations from those dealing with leadership an public service to others focused on race and politics. I think it’s fair to state that I learned more from my experiences in these organizations than I gleaned from…

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“The preservation of a democratic civilization requires the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove. The children of light must be armed with the wisdom of the children of darkness but remain free from their malice.” -Reinhold Niebuhr I haven’t been blogging regularly recently because I am at the end of transitioning…

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It’s been a challenge finding time to blog as I make the transition from Mississippi to Massachusetts and attempt to settle in. I will catch up on my travels and new experiences soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a post I wrote for the ServiceNation blog exactly one year ago. This post…

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Jun 20 2012

Salsa-Ed: Getting To Kids Early

Occasionally, I make random, off-the-wall connections between totally disparate things, Most recently, I found a strange parallel between salsa dance lessons and early childhood education. Yesterday, I had the chance to go to a Salsa lesson in Jackson with a few of my fellow interns. Now, I am a huge fan of Latin dance, mostly because…

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Jun 14 2012

SIGns of Change in the Mississippi Delta

I’ve had the opportunity to work at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) for the past two weeks as part of LEE’s Summer Fellowship program. I sought out this summer position for a few reasons. I’ve always been a big picture thinker, and I was very interested in learning about the entire leadership structure affecting…

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