When we as Black Mothers come together to be a voice and an advocate, there is power. That power has allowed us the opportunity to change oppressive systems within our schools to create more safe and supportive learning environments for our Black children. We are well on our way toward dismantling the school to prison.
Imagine a learning environment where students' needs are individually met; where personalized instruction is delivered; where children feel valued, safe, supported and challenged. ...this may seem like an unachievable utopia, Janelle Wood of the Phoenix-based Black Mothers Forum would argue she has done just that.
ESAs are a way for us to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. Parents now have another vehicle they can use to move their children into safe, supportive, innovative, and challenging learning environments.
Yass Prize for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless Education 2022 Semifinalist.