If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

For better or for worse adult education programming functions much like elementary and secondary education. States and local governments provide funding, accountability, and oversight. Politics at the national level set the stage for the scope and sequence of our work. They can outline performance metrics and indicators. They can determine future eligibility requirements and create … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

Back to School: Free Lesson Printable

Last week's professional development workshop focused on mindfulness and self-care. We were encouraged to choose our personal Board of Directors: peers, family, and friends we trusted to advise us, mentor us, and counsel us. Colleagues who could share best practices. Elders who could share expertise and insight. Friends and family who could recognize and remind … Continue reading Back to School: Free Lesson Printable

Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

I recently attended a workshop designed for service providers of refugee and immigrant support programs. It was created for staff to gain a better understanding of existing immigration policy and to learn preventative measures undocumented immigrants can take in light of recent changes and the risk of potential deportation. For Houston-based folk, here is a … Continue reading Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

Writer’s Delight (A Short List)

This week the Houston Museum of African American Culture launched its 40th anniversary tribute to Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. I discovered her in college when an English literature course inspired me to seek out writers of color because the ones I knew were few and … Continue reading Writer’s Delight (A Short List)

If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

This isn't going to come out right, but I'll try. Service has always been a part of my family. It wasn't something we talked about. It wasn't tokenized; it wasn't manufactured. It wasn't even referred to as service. (Saying it now makes me feel paternalistic). My father volunteered as a basketball coach when my brother … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

College Isn’t the Answer (but the answers might be there)

A few months ago I had an afternoon meeting that was scheduled down the street from my alma mater. Since I was still on the clock but the drive back  was treacherous, I wandered over to the Student Center to finish out the day. I graduated from college almost 13 years ago. Since returning to … Continue reading College Isn’t the Answer (but the answers might be there)

Cold, Dark & Yesterday: Education Hiring Freeze Hits Home

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas instituted a statewide hiring freeze this January 2017. The freeze affects state agencies from now until the end of August 2017. State funded agencies are discouraged from posting new positions and are stalled from filling current vacancies, according to a memo issued by the governor's office last month. The Department of Family and … Continue reading Cold, Dark & Yesterday: Education Hiring Freeze Hits Home