I had a rough start with the teacher of my class, so in order to wrap it up I want to go back to her in my final post. In the beginning I saw her really critical. She was so … Continue reading
The last two weeks of volunteering were an emotional rollercoaster. There was the uplifting part of the ride last week when I felt like I finally earned the trust of most students, the approval of Miss. H. and at least … Continue reading
This week was my first time volunteering at the Overby-Sheppard Elementary School. When my fellow volunteers and I arrived, our volunteer coordinator already awaited us and directed us to the front desk with a beaming smile. I was amazed by … Continue reading
I’ve said it a million times, but I’ve learned so much in the class. From the readings to the drive around the neighborhood that led to the conversation with the sketchy police officer which led to looking for a prostitute … Continue reading
I am so sad. Even thought I’m definitely planning on continuing volunteering at Overby next semester, my schedule won’t allow me to at the same rate I did this semester. I didn’t tell them I was leaving, to be honest, I just chickened out, I grew … Continue reading
In Charles Payne’s 5th Chapter of “So Much Reform, So Little Change,” he discusses the difficulty in implementing policies and the trouble to get things done in urban schools because of the many many people policies have to go through. … Continue reading
Previously, I posted about unhappy administrators. However, after today, I can empathize with them a lot more. Before, I could understand why they were struggling, but my main focus was how that would affect the students. I still believe that … Continue reading
I think it was in my first or second post that I mentioned concern regarding my mentee’s academic levels, and I wanted to write a little bit more about that. Obviously I’m writing this post in longer retrospect than I … Continue reading
At the beginning of this semester, I was asked by the previous Communities in Schools site coordinator, Ms. S., to not wear leggings to Henderson, even with a longer shirt that reached my thighs. Henderson had changed the dress code … Continue reading
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Given our on-going discussion of concentrated poverty and education reform, I thought you would find this study interesting. It examines four school districts each with a different method of assigning students to schools and the effects of those policies on … Continue reading
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Here’s the site I mentioned in class, the Center for American Progress’ Return on Educational Investment interactive map.
While John Marshall is not my CBL site for this class, I want to reflect on the meeting that my team and I had about our next session at John Marshall. Because of how John Marshall’s class schedule is set … Continue reading
Whenever I volunteer at Henderson, whether it is now or a year ago, I always feel separation and a sense of guilt. I’m only at Henderson for a few hours a week and while I serve the students and learn … Continue reading
My second session at the Delmont Center was just as enjoyable as the first one – perhaps even more so. This time, instead of reading through my mentee’s folder during recess, I was able to play outside with all of … Continue reading
Wednesday 25th September was my first day at my CBL site – the Delmont Learning Center, run by the organisation Youth Life. One of the first things that struck me about the site was its location: its right in the … Continue reading
As a Bonner Scholar, I had previously worked at Henderson as a classroom aide and an administrative assistant. I love being with the kids and being able to academically help them, but I always questioned how much good I was … Continue reading
From: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/school-board-discusses-new-elementary-school/article_095a5ba4-1617-5bb9-aa17-d18d8197c5aa.html?mode=jqm (Yesterday) School Board discusses new elementary school School Board, other leaders debate the need to replace Overby-Sheppard Elementary BY ZACHARY REID Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted 9 hours ago A new $21.3 million Overby-Sheppard Elementary School is an essential part of the redevelopment … Continue reading
I attended the Friday tour of Highland Park and found it to be a really helpful experience – I think that trying to understand the community is going to be a really important part of our class this semester. A … Continue reading
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A coalition of frustrated parents demands an overhaul of an advanced academic program. BY CAROL A.O. WOLF, July 30, 2013 School Board Member Kim Gray, whose two children attended the International Baccalaureate programs at Lucille Brown Middle School and Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading