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Jul 21 2013

The Catch-22 of Teach For America

[Click here to read: Teach For America Isn't Perfect, but it Has Been a Boost to Education] I haven’t posted here in over four months, but I wanted to share some thoughts from all the TFA hoopla as of late. There are some great articles out there providing perspective on the escalating debate over whether…

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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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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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Over the past two years, I’ve seen an increased fascination (fixation?) with the ever-evolving activities of Teach For America as a non-profit organization. TFA continues to be scrutinized routinely by people with a range of experiences, perspectives and loyalties. Fittingly, the reviews thus far have been mixed. What is most interesting to me is how…

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May 28 2012

Red Badge of Service

“He suddenly lost concern for himself, and forgot to look at a menacing fate. He became not a man but a member. He felt that something of which he was a part—a regiment, an army, a cause, or a country—was in a crisis. He was welded into a common personality which was dominated by a…

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Apr 29 2012

Not All Speed is [a] Movement…

“In democratic countries, knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others” –Alexis de Tocqueville Originally, I was going to write about my final week of school before state testing begins, but I wanted to instead reflect on a great day…

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Apr 11 2012

Unlocking Potential

In the interim before my next post, which is a response to Education Radio, I thought I’d share more uplifting news via TIME magazine. One of my life goals is to unlock the potential of those I encounter or work with; I felt this article written by Jon Schnur, co-founder of New Leaders and chairman…

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Nov 06 2011

Of Neutrinos and Opportunities

Thanks to the Opportunity Nation campaign, which brought together leading organizations and individuals across sectors to collaborate in the fight for a better America, I had an amazing time at the summit; from engaging with ambitious ideas to combat income inequality and networking with like-minded scholars over delicious soul food, to catching up with former colleagues from ServiceNation, and even having the opportunity to meet Wendy Kopp, the Founder and CEO of Teach For America. However, I’m left wondering what hope is there for the Mississippi Delta?

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