Teleseminar on Anti-Racist Parenting

Join Carmen VanKerckhove and me as we host a free teleseminar on Anti-Racist Parenting! I believe it may be limited to 50 callers during the Q&A session. Within 24 hours, Carmen reported that we were up to 121 registered participants! Carmen will likely post the MP3 online a week or so after it's done. So, be sure to check back

On this 60-minute call, you’ll learn:

  • Why avoiding conversations about race is the biggest mistake you can make
  • How you are sending hidden messages to your children about race without even realizing it
  • Why you should never proclaim to be colorblind
  • How to transform the simple act of watching television into a profound lesson about diversity

and much, much more.

No matter what your current situation is, I guarantee you’ll get at least one golden nugget of information during this never-before-offered call.

So, won’t you join us? Reserve your spot now!


On a separate note, our dog of 8 years just died :(, so I'm doing more parenting than blogging these days. Will be sure to write again very, very soon!

Sad But True: The decline of English H.S....

English High School, located in the city of Boston, MA, is America's oldest public high school and has served its community for over 186 years. However, what was once an excellent facility has now deteriorated to a shell of its former self. Last year English high was threatened to be closed down by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to its poor student performance in the MCAS exams and by No Child Left Behind - where it is categorized under "Restructuring" for both english language arts and mathematics.

This year, English High has been formulating a turnaround strategy that will motivate their diverse student population to achieve academic and personal success. But what can they do? English High serves a mostly Black and Hispanic student population (combined, 92% as of scholastic year 2006-2007), with many students needing special and/or bi-lingual education as well. Average student daily attendance is at about 83% while nearly 13% of students drop out every year. What can teachers and administrators do to increase student attendance and participation?

How do you motivate such a diverse population into believing that attending school is in their best interest? What type of institutional changes need to occur that will allow students of all backgrounds to achieve academic success?

Some of these questions on educational mobility for students of color will be addressed during my internship here at Intercultural Affairs. I hope that you will check back frequently and participate in the discussion.

You can read more about English High School below:

Peace be with you!
~Jade, The Intern