Parental Involvement in Transforming Education

By: Anita Andrews-Hutchinson (Financial Director) and Nakisha Hobbs (Principal) The general consensus seems to be that low-income African American and Latino parents are not involved in their children’s education. From our experience in working with families of this demographic, nothing could be further from the truth. At Village Leadership Academy, a school of where 92%…

Some Schools Need to Change

By: Nakisha Hobbs (Principal) Retaining Chicago Public School students is a failing system. I realized this nearly ten years ago when we were tutoring children who had repeated third grade two times. This article about the Chicago School System failing our children just goes to show we definitely need a different school structure and system.…

Teaching for Social Justice: the Challenge of Selecting Teachers

By: Nakisha Hobbs (Principal) Most administrators would agree that teacher quality and effectiveness are the best predictors of student achievement.  This suggests that the selection of teachers is probably one of the most, if not the most, important decisions that school administrators make. In the middle of passionate discussions about history, racism, the achievement gap,…