Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Nashville, Tennessee

Vesia Wilson-Hawkins is a former Metro Nashville Public Schools student, parent and staffer. She is a staunch advocate for better public school options, particularly for the Black community in her hometown. She doesn’t care if that school is run through a charter or is managed by the district, as long as it is providing a good option for the families who for too long have been underserved.

With her background in the education sector, Vesia also keeps a watchful eye on Tennessee’s efforts to provide equitable education and accountability to low-income kids and students of color, especially as the state complies with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Vesia blogs about all this and more at Volume and Light Nashville.

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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: My Mom Overcame Her Drug Addiction and Gave Me a Chance at a Real Education

I grew up in a home with my mom and two younger siblings. My mother spent most of my childhood…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

7 Back-to-School Things That Drive Parents Crazy

Look, I’ve been in your worn out shoes with the holes in the big toe area. For most Nashville public…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted July 14, 2017

Mia Howard Shows a Good School Needs Both the Soft Stuff and the Hard Data

A school that bakes parent engagement into its strategy for student success is a school after my own heart. Intrepid…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: The Teachers Who Worked to Get Me to College and the Strangers Who Helped Me Finish

There were a couple of teachers who looked beyond my aimlessness and lack of motivation, and instead saw a sliver of potential.…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 10, 2016

Nashville’s Superintendent Should Just Ignore Diane Ravitch’s Fire and Brimstone

“Autocratic, power-hungry, tone-deaf bureaucrat.” These are the venom-laced words written by Diane Ravitch, reverend of edu-righteousness, in a recent blog…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Aug. 23, 2016

The Friendliest City in America Got Downright Mean in Its School Board Elections This Summer

Nashville. The city of It. This summer Nashville overflowed with It, as we celebrated the arrival of wine in grocery…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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