Gwen: 2019: THE YEAR OF BLACK & BROWN PARENTS ESCAPING THE BURNING SCHOOL HOUSE OF SO-CALLED INTEGRATION – AT LEAST IN CONNECTICUT

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! That was the collective chant across the globe twenty-four hours ago. Sad to say, yesterday, January 1, 2019 marks the end of the holiday season of goodwill towards all. The gifts of love that appeared abundant, since November 2018, will fade fast, especially for vulnerable children. As the saying goes, we are back to business as usual. While many … Continue reading Gwen: 2019: THE YEAR OF BLACK & BROWN PARENTS ESCAPING THE BURNING SCHOOL HOUSE OF SO-CALLED INTEGRATION – AT LEAST IN CONNECTICUT

We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice

The special occasion champagne flutes have been long tucked away in the china press filled with pretty things that go ever untouched and the newness of the new year burned clean by January 2. If you are a black woman in America and have watched the news for any length of time, it’s possible you were triggered by the stories of physical and sexual violence … Continue reading We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice

Gwen Samuel: A Black Mom’s Perspective

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin For this mom, being the Founder and a very conscious, unapologetic Black parent leader of an all-volunteer, parent led organization, leaves little time and energy to gather my thoughts to write a timely blog. Yet, I felt I could not go into 2018 without sharing some of my … Continue reading Gwen Samuel: A Black Mom’s Perspective

We Fail When We Avoid Discussions With Students About Race and Class

Gwen’s piece originally appeared on Education Post. We refuse to acknowledge that racism and classism are woven throughout every institution within our country, even within policies that govern our public schools. I wondered if the predominantly white teaching base throughout America’s public schools thought about having conversations with their classes about racism in American history when the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, … Continue reading We Fail When We Avoid Discussions With Students About Race and Class

One Voice Talks the Right to a High-Quality Education No Matter the School

It’s National School Choice Week and One Voice believes that every student should have access to a high-quality school. Period. So we are honoring the week through the lens of educational equity – which, for us, is neither new nor a week-long jaunt.  We do this work every single day. Check us out: “Parent choice is a choice for educational freedom. Freedom, my brothers and sisters! … Continue reading One Voice Talks the Right to a High-Quality Education No Matter the School

Gwen: WHY “NOW” MATTERS? BECAUSE 63 YEARS IS LONG ENOUGH OUR KIDS CAN’T WAIT NO MORE

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! That was the chant across the globe 15 days ago. January first marked the end of the holiday season of good will towards man and the gifts of love that appeared abundant, since November, now seem to be fading fast for children, especially for our most vulnerable. All the tax write-offs are in, and now, we are back … Continue reading Gwen: WHY “NOW” MATTERS? BECAUSE 63 YEARS IS LONG ENOUGH OUR KIDS CAN’T WAIT NO MORE

Gwen Samuel – Meriden, CT

Ms. Gwen Eaddy Samuel is a mom on a mission to ensure the safety, education, and overall well-being of all children – regardless of zip-code. Ms. Samuel has children that attend Connecticut public schools. In addition, she is a  social justice advocate and community relations consultant with a national reach. In 2017, Ms. Samuel launched an “Urban Experience in Family And Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.) workshop … Continue reading Gwen Samuel – Meriden, CT