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Concentric Speaks

Stories From the Field Ep.1

This is a heartbreaking story of children who were not attending school, left home alone that quite possibly would have had a disturbing end had there not been an intervention. This is why the work Concentric does is so important. We need to be sure kids are safe and attending school! Watch now

And We Thought They Cut The Wire

I was watching episode 6 of the Wire where Michael B Jordan’s character, Wallace, was living in an abandoned home with about 5 other school-aged children. These children were elementary school-aged and reporting to school regularly, while Wallace sold drugs. This obviously was a troubling sight. To make it worse, I was sick with Covid while watching this. So, while I was already feeling like crap, this made me feel worse. Why?

The Impact of COVID-19 on Students

March 13, 2020 is a date indelibly imprinted on the minds of educators across the country.  Most were hearing and reading news stories about the increased transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  Administrators were receiving by-the-minute reports regarding pending school closures and knew, firsthand, the immediate impact it would have on students.

Commemorating Women in Education

There is a clear lack of black representation in school personnel.  According to a 2016 Department of Education report, in 2011-12, only 10 percent of public school principals were black, compared to 80 percent white. Eighty-two percent of public school educators are white, compared to 18 percent teachers of color. In addition, black male teachers only constitute two percent of the teaching workforce. See our response below.

10 Must-Read Books For Educators Everywhere

In honor of National Reading Month, I’m highlighting my top 10 must-read books for educators everywhere. As educators, it’s so important to stay sharp and continually challenge ourselves with new books and methods not just for personal development but also for professional development. Did I mention, studies have shown that reading can alleviate stress?

Does Representation Really Matter?

There is a clear lack of black representation in school personnel.  According to a 2016 Department of Education report, in 2011-12, only 10 percent of public school principals were black, compared to 80 percent white. Eighty-two percent of public school educators are white, compared to 18 percent teachers of color. In addition, black male teachers only constitute two percent of the teaching workforce. See our response below.