Eclectic Explorations of Educational and Experiential Frontiers Through Writing

How to Find the Answer: A Crayon, an Inquiry Board, and a Pre-Schooler’s Journey

  An inquiry board helps our son to formulate and formalize creating questions and seeking answers. It’s also become a means through which we build a community invested in investigating … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Using Texts to Kindle Reading and Relationships  

  Have a variety of books and materials that are immediately accessible for children to touch. Use them as a means to ignite inquiry and spark dialogue.     Kids … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Literacy as Social Action: A Familial Practice (An Introduction)

  As a mom of two toddler boys, I am trying to balance rearing them as both citizens of a global community, as well instill within them the knowledge and … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Yesterday.   Today.  Tomorrow. Or, This is Untitled Work (A Poem about Motherhood)

    The dreams of brown mothers Murmur and hunt For the void of dark blue/the forgotten/untrue/disbelieved pocket/where their male kin and children Are snatched captive/to rehearse again/the Breaking of … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Building a Home Library: An Autobiographical and Intergenerational Bridge

  A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself. –Jane Austen   Readers have been a part of my life since birth. I cannot remember a … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Changing Policy, Changing Lives: Angela Roman’s Fight for Underserved Young People

  Angela Nikki Romans works relentlessly in actualizing the promise and possibilities of historically underserved young people. She invests in proliferating pathways of success traveling from cradle to classroom to … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Place to Belong: A Place to Become (Movie Review)

I remember the lessons learned as both member and president of the local youth chapter of the National Council of Negro Women where I grew up. The strengthening of sisterhood … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Shepherds (Poem for Coker Cousar Family Reunion, August 2014)

Near my sleeping sons I write this poem, uninterrupted, To imagine between their breaths, conceive under their closed eyes Their humanity and holiness/within whatever world is possible/ Inside the folds … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

This New Home (a poem about moving out and moving in)

This new home began in old faith thinning the present walls, trimming them down, hollering, then hollowing. Word by word, year by year, we sow the crossing of momentous sea … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Finding Fela: Music is the Weapon (Movie Review)

  Fela Kuti is a musical marauder, hallowed hedonist, and political phoenix, living a life rife with controversy, contradictions, chaos, conflict and curiosity. But between the beats and bruises we … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s words inked paper with promise, grew their branches in our hearts blooming leaf/falling leaf/from our mouths. Recitation of her poems/loving, harmonizing, scouring us to return us from dawn … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 21, “I Be from Bronx/New York”

    I be from cold yellow snow and hot okra gumbo, Born of Father from Morningside Avenue, Mother of Charleston. As beat and breath, I dwell at 145th and … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

NaPoWriMo, Day 27, “Write from a Photo”

    They are learning and learned. Each takes to table task of touching Fringes, folly with guesses, risk standing And falling to study more. Maceo is coaching Legs to … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 29, “Unchained Descant”

      Sirens can animate deserts, even in their throats. Unflowing blood heaves songs, harboring Chanting chattering ancestors/salt water and lemon juice assault then squint untamed tongue. Blues river … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 26, Bible: The Book of Bread and of the Dead

  In turn of page and century, we are walked through lives as lessons, Chronicles weave consequences of compliance, conviction, conflict, and concession. By ancient flooding tide, grace was denied. … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 25, “He is/and/They Show” (An Anaphora for Mothers)

  He is my first born, with steady eyes, aiming, armed with piercing interrogations He is my second born, unafraid face that mimics every memory my face confesses He is … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

NaPoWriMo, Day 23, “The Burning Bloom of a Kiss”

    When we kiss, our lips bloom Rouge from bruises of words that Slid deep into neglected drying cracks, Settled, festered from the fallout of fights Uninstigated, simmering behind … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 22, “I Took the Sun for a Walk” (Children’s Poem)

      I took the sun for a walk yesterday, Trailing behind like puppy wagging tail, Without pull of a leash, pushed wider than biggest sail, When I took … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 19, “Lazarus Jewel Box”

    Inside the smolder of first hush, The night flavors with salt. Calmed, then dewed, The shore wakes slow from its slumber. But low tide is not shy.   … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

NaPoWriMo Day 18, “A Collage for My Father (Ruba’i)”

  In old photo on railroad tracks he sits humble, Legs askew, denim dirty, eyes on horizon. The rumble Of child persists. Paternal instinct Grinds in his bones’ marrow a … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 11, “Vinegar, Feast, Marriage” (an erotic poem)

  “For your love is better than wine”—Song of Solomon 1:2   Opened for study, each turns The worn read pages, cruising Crevices of secreted Songs, broken words, melodies Finding … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 9, “Every Child Commences Cosmic”

      Every child commences cosmic. Is Cloistered, churned into galaxy, finally clothed in skin.  Sovereign And sworded, each Accepts theme from the dialogue of stars.  As parents, Accept … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 8, “Mother’s Marrow”

    Both sons were born wintered, planned predictions, One whose breath absorbed morning, the other clasped midnight. New moons. Unhurried beginnings. Untrammeled.  But, They will expire, someday, from a … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Parents are the Frontline of Their Children’s Academic Achievement: A Book Review of I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother by Suzette Clarke

              Class is in session. In her self-published book, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother, Suzette Clarke ignites a controversial conversation about the “true … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 5, “Black Parents”

Here is a poem based on NaPoWriMo’s Day 5 prompt, to write a poem modeling “The Golden Shovel” by Terrance Haynes and “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks. See for … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo 2014, In Tribute to My Sons

In tribute to my sons…poems inspired by NaPoWriMo, Day 4, written as lunes.   1) Green leaf fluttering, inviting Son’s hand to ponder     2) Browning leaf corpses, Siren … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 5 Comments

“A Girl and a Gun”: Facts, Fictions and Fascination with Firearms

“A Girl and a Gun” instigates a discomfiting albeit necessary conversation about firearms, illuminating the fantasies, frights and fascination associated with them.  Filmmaker Cathryne Czubek gains access to the chambers … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Making Memories Plate by Plate

Food is sacrament. Forkful by forkful, something old unfolds and something new begins to take its first breath. Food is sacrament. Through its creations and sharing, I am educated in … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unpacking Motherhood

For this post,  I decided to steer into writing about a personal experience rather than social observance . . .here is a day in my life as a Mom. For … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 6 Comments

As Educational Frontiersman: One Man’s Calling to Make a Difference

On any given day, John R. Jenkins, Ed.D., can be found laboring in the fray, soldiering on the frontline of education. He is an irrepressible spirit who has embodied several … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Of Hair and Origin

In this guest blogpost, Tricia Amiel, a mother, writer, adjunct instructor and former teacher, takes an introspective and candid look into the intersection of race, identity and self-perception.  She divulges … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Brilliance and Banality of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

  “Beasts of the Southern Wild” catechistically instigates us to contemplate the origin of our existence.  Is life an evolving conversation between past action and future possibility?  Is one’s survival … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Father’s Pen, A Daugther’s Lens: “Every Day is a Holiday” as a Narrative of Resilience

After his mother’s passing, a centenarian of wise years and generous heart, my cousin began renovating his Brooklyn childhood home. Pulling up well-lived carpets, he discovers the floor underneath protectively … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Inside Gideon’s Army

Recently I had the privilege of being asked to view and blog about several documentaries showcased at the 2013 Montclair Film Festival.  The documentary Gideon’s Army  travels the gamut of … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Predictions for Oscar Sunday by “keyfilmfan”

Guest Blogger “keyfilmfan” offers his predictions for this year’s 2013 Oscar nominations . . . First of all, I want to thank my wife for allowing me the opportunity to … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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