I have taught students in traditional K-12 settings, alternative school, juvenile court schools, and at 2- and 4-year colleges. I have also provided staff development to K-12 teachers and college professors; parenting workshops; and motivational presentations to students.
My teaching style is to use research data, student aspirations, stories, and anecdotes to connect student aspirations to learning outcomes. I encourage students to set goals on the first day of class and I work with them to continually monitor their progress toward their own goals. I particularly sensitize students to college readiness data and make frequent use of SAT and ACT exam questions to further reinforce how difficult college admissions exams are and how much they will need to learn to meet the standards.
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I am a product of Chicago Public Schools; first generation college graduate; graduated with honors from Northeastern University; have taught for over 30 years; and have written over 25 books relating to student achievement, parenting, and college planning. I have two sons, one of whom attends Amherst College and the other, attends Morehouse College and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. I also co-chair the Education Ministry at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, GA.
I am the author of Empowering African-American Males to Succeed: A Guide to Increasing Black Male Achievement; College Planning for Middle School Students; College Planning for High School Students; Ten Steps to Helping Your Child Succeed in the School; The Eagles who Thought They were Chickens; Don't Quit - Inspirational Poetry; Test of Faith; Increasing Achievement & Inspiring Parent Involvement; and Increasing Student Achievement: A Guide to School Improvement Planning.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Grammar, Specialty, Arts & Music, Drama, Career and Technical Education, For All Subject Areas, Literature, School Counseling, Character Education, Short Stories, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects