This is what a hero looks like: An Atlanta School Shooting Averted

This is what a hero looks like: Tuff, a school clerk, dissuades the gunman at a nearby (to me) Atlanta school. Watching the footage yesterday of the babies running from the building completely tore my heart. Very happy all were safe.

Photo Credit: EverydayJoe/Antoinette Tuff

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antoinette, tuff:, meet, the, woman, who, prevented, a, mass, school, shooting, yesterday,


Top Universities in the World -- Another LIst

According to a British higher education magazine, Times higher Education,the rankings for the Top Universities in the WORLD are as follows.  Not bad Michigan (special place in my heart), The Ohio State University (dad's alma mater), U of Florida (SEC pride?), and of course... Harvard :-)

More after the break...


Job Opportunity: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Senior Associate, Capacity Building
Deadline: Until filled
Location: Baltimore, MD
Group: Capacity Building Team
Division: Talent and Leadership Development

Position Summary
The Senior Associate, Capacity Building is a full-time, senior-level professional position at the Foundation and reports directly to the Director of Capacity Building. The Foundation’s Capacity Building efforts are based on the belief that supporting Casey staff and Mission Critical Grantees & Networks to improve their leadership, management, strategy, and execution will lead to improve outcomes for children and families. The Senior Associate will have primary responsibility for strengthening Casey’s Mission Critical Grantees & Networks. The Senior Associate will also be responsible for contributing to all Capacity Building work:
 Strengthening Mission Critical Grantees & Networks
 Building Critical Capacities at Casey
 Advancing Equitable Opportunities within Casey and for the children and families we serve

Senior Associates have opportunities to deepen their formal knowledge, expand their networks, and challenge their thinking about improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and distressed neighborhoods.

 Develop and implement an organizational capacity building strategy that:
Strengthens Mission Critical Grantees & Networks to have greater collective impact;
Is responsive to high need, time sensitive, priority grantee capacity building needs; and
Contributes to building the infrastructure required to support more broadly nonprofit capacity building efforts aimed at improving results for children and families.
 Partner with Casey Program Officers and Mission Critical Grantees & Networks to make high-quality organizational development grants that build their capacity to meet programmatic results.
 Build and maintain clear, respectful, results driven, and action oriented communication with Casey Program Officers and Mission Critical Grantees & networks.

 Provide thought partnership and technical assistance to Program Officers and Mission Critical Grantees & Networks to assess and support capacity building efforts.
 Work closely with Director and Capacity Building Team to integrate and improve the team’s collective capacity building efforts
 Make grants, further strategy, and engage leaders in the field of nonprofit organizational and network effectiveness
 Implement strategic planning, oversight, and deployment of technical assistance.
 Serve as a technical resource providing content expertise and strategic input to Foundation staff working on a diverse range of projects and initiatives.
 Prepare budget requests for assigned projects and monitor spending.
 Assist in establishing and maintaining positive relations with key contacts, leaders, public officials, residents, and organizations as required.
 Perform analyses in support of reform initiatives, including financial and statistical analyses.
 Prepare written reports and program/policy analyses.
 Representing the Foundation’s mission, principles and work, as assigned and requested, by participating in meetings, public presentations, and the preparation of written materials.
 Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional, and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation. Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender.
 Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles, and programs, drawing on Casey’s Knowledge Management System, intranet, website, staff development sessions, and other learning opportunities to establish this competency.
 Perform administrative duties in support of the above work.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Minimum requirement includes a graduate degree in business administration, law, community development, political science, human services, urban planning and development, public policy, public administration, or a related field. Senior public sector experience may substitute for a graduate degree.
 Candidates should also have substantial relevant post-graduate experience in public human services management and/or private sector that includes but not limited to:

Background in implementing outcome-oriented initiatives for disadvantaged children, youth and families.
Experience in self-managed, task-driven initiatives with the ability to balance demands related to multiple projects and meet multiple deadlines.

Essential Skills & Abilities
 Strong diagnostic skills, strategic planning, management, and public policy analysis.
 Exceptional writing ability and excellent oral communications.
 Intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for diverse professional challenges.
 Political savvy, good judgment and instincts, and excellent social skills.
 Commitment to a service concept of philanthropy and to the public trust.
 Proficiency with computer software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.
 Ability to build and use analytical frameworks, models and approaches for use in large-scale system change efforts.
 Ability to travel extensively up to 40 percent of the time.
 Ability to take responsibility for day-to-day work activities and projects with very little direction.

 Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply or for further information contact:
Maxine Norris
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


All About HBCUs

I take pride in having chosen to attend an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities).  Like many blessed, mentored, hard-working and inspirational students, I had many choices of post-high school schools to choose from, including HBCUs and Ivy League schools.  I made the choice to matriculate at Hampton University.  I have been pleased with that choice through all these years.

I get the kind of pride from my undergraduate institution that many have... deeply wired in my psyche with warm nostalgic remembrances. So, it is with that pride, that I was happy to see this spread come through my emails today:  US Airways is doing a multiple-page spread on HBCUs. Begin on Page 48.

I hope you enjoy it.


Judge Profits from Jail Sentences

The School-to-Prison Pipeline is real.  Education policy spaces are full of statistics, anecdotes, narratives, and campaigns to inform and correct for what happens to many, many students and youth, particularly our black and brown babies.

Well, here is a REAL account (so it seems) of a JUDGE that has allegedly been sentencing adolescents and teenagers to JAIL and PROFITING FROM IT.

It's sickening.  Deeply sickening.

Judge to serve 28 years after making $2 million for sending black children to jail

2:15 PM EDT
"Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, 63, serves as an example of why the private prison industry can do more harm than good. Ciavarella worked alongside owners of private juvenile facilities to ensure that the prison remained occupied. The more prisoners equated to more profits for the owners of the prison"

(Read more directly from the article.)