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In 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Act . This $1.9 trillion legislative act provides much-needed funding for federal, state, and local governments still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the essential parts of the American Rescue Act is its focus on school funding. The Act includes $165 billion in education funding, with $122.8 billion for K-12 public schools. Schools and students have experienced significant adverse effects due to the pandemic’s impact. This funding is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine how we educate and support students. …

The stimulus checks for the general American public allowed an echo of relief for all recipients. With businesses shut down and unemployment continuing to be an issue for many, the much-needed stimulus checks offered a bit of relief.

Congress has passed the $1.9 trillion Biden American Rescue Plan under the FY21 Budget Reconciliation process. $165 billion in education emergency funding has been included in the new recovery package, with $122.8 billion for K-12 public schools. $39.6 billion will be given for higher education, and $2.75 billion will go to private schools.

Another $800 million of the K-12 funds are reserved…

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Former Superintendent of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and current President of equity and education consulting firm Joseph and Associates, Dr. Shawn Joseph, is applauding BET’s Disrupt & Dismantle for raising awareness of a massive crisis that continues to unfold in Nashville, TN: the city’s devastating school-to-prison pipeline.

The contentious issue was explored during the March 3, 2021 broadcast of Disrupt & Dismantle, which is a groundbreaking new series hosted by iconic journalist Soledad O’Brien, and airs each Wednesday at 11:00pm EST/10:00PM CST.

“We have seen decades of disinvestments in communities, and if it weren’t for some grassroots…

In today’s American public school system, teachers and administrators are overwhelmingly White. While the proportion of teachers and administrators of color is growing, it is not keeping up with the student population’s increased diversity.

Having administrators of color, specifically superintendents, in school systems across the country is one of the keys to promoting achievement among students and teachers of color. However, recruiting and retaining teachers of color to become superintendents can be challenging.

Shawn Joseph, an experienced school administrator, and consultant explores attracting and retaining teachers of color in administrative positions.

Low Numbers of Teachers of Color

One of the primary reasons there are few administrators…

Meet Shawn Joseph — Ideamensch Interview

Dr. Shawn Joseph has put teaching and faith at the forefront of his life in and out of education. His accomplishments in learning are many. After graduating from Lincoln University, he earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy studies from George Washington. Embarking on a career in public education, Joseph taught English and served as a school administrator and central office administrator before being hired as superintendent of schools in districts in Delaware and Tennessee. His time running the Metro Nashville Public Schools as superintendent made equity a priority and…

The journey towards racial equality in the workplace — and in every other forum and facet of society — has moved significantly forward in the last several decades. However, despite some notable gains and achievements in this area, we are still a long way from embodying the aspirational vision posed by MLK, in which people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

“In many ways, the most dangerous and damaging kind of racism in our workplaces today, is the belief — often conveyed in a hostile manner — that racism does…

Superintendents play a pivotal role in both developing and enabling the vision of their respective school boards. Some of the key duties include (but are not limited to) reviewing and making decisions about the curricula within each school and the district as a whole, overseeing school budgets, assessing improving student performance and achievement, reviewing and revising academic policies, and more. …

Dr. Shawn Joseph

To say that effective school leadership is merely important is a gross understatement: it is outright essential. Unfortunately, many schools across the country are experiencing this truth for all of the wrong reasons. Instead of working cohesively and collaboratively towards a clear and progressive vision, these schools are characterized by chronic academic under-achievement and disciplinary issues, internal conflict and strife, and severe operational inefficiencies. What’s more, the leadership deficit in these dysfunctional schools is not static. It grows bigger month after month, and year after year. …

Shawn Joseph

Dr. Shawn Joseph’s passion for equity and social justice has led him to serve in a number of positions in the world of education.

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