Join Lily at the Education Nation 2012 Student Town Hall where Melissa Harris-Perry hosts students for the first Education Nation at The New York Public Library. You can follow live here on Lily’s Blackboard on Sunday, Sept 23rd at 10:00am (ET) (more…)
Some of the students at the Horizonte Center in Salt Lake City have painted a mural in the front entryway. It is magnificent. It shows the faces of teachers, principals, support staff and community leaders who love them.
My friend, Susan McFarland’s picture is there. She gets puddle-eyed to show me. She is so proud to be in that painting because she knows that it is because the student artists who painted the wall know that she loves them. This is the measure of her life’s work. In a world of bubble sheets of multiple-choice best-guesses, this is the hard evidence that she has been successful as an educator.
She is aware that her school has a reputation. Horizonte is the “alternative” school that other schools use to get their students in line. “Shape up or you’ll end up at Horizonte.” It is a threat. But what I saw was anything but threatening. It was nothing but love and hope and dreams coming true. Horizonte is not a place where students go to give up. It is a place where they go to move forward.
Lily spoke to a packed room at panel organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to celebrate trailblazing Latinas who have broken down doors and excelled as public servants.
The panelists were U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal Allard, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez. Lori Montenegro of Telemundo/NBC was the moderator.
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