October 10, 2015
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August 4, 2015
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July 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tecia Marshall | Memphis Community Outreach Lead
Karen Farrell-Shikuku | Memphis Technical Lead
Black Girls CODE Hosts Robot Expo at The University of Memphis!
Memphis, Tennessee (July 29, 2015) – The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host their second robot expo on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at The University of Memphis, Dunn Hall, located at 3725 Norriswood Ave, 38152. This fun and captivating workshop will target girls ages 10 – 17, where they will learn about robots, how they communicate, real-world/business applications and uses for robotics. The workshop will be taught by the Memphis chapter curriculum lead, Karen Farrell-Shikuku and instructors from the First Lego League of Memphis. This second Black Girls CODE Memphis robotics workshop is being made possible by a generous grant from FedEx.
Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available. For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, please contact Tecia Marshall at 901-864-8660.
Due to limited space and strong demand, parents are encouraged to register children online as soon as possible at the following link:
Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1MTONrA
Volunteer orientation will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St., from 10 am – 12 pm. Individuals wishing to volunteer can sign up at the following link:
Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1gkuOZe
Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are encouraged to reach out to Tecia Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Black Girls CODE:
Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has been a transformative global movement fueled by the power of individual, but connected and engaged chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, California Bay Area, New York City, Memphis, Washington, DC, Raleigh – Durham and Johannesburg that are dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. To date we have reached over 3,000 girls and 2,700 volunteers. Our goal is to reach 1 million girls by 2040. Join the BGC movement at facebook.com/blackgirlscodeorg and on twitter @BlackGirlsCODE.
May 18, 2015
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May 15, 2014
From Lucy – A Teacher Mommy: “Find Out For YourSELF” #edchat #teachertweet #blogging #blog #Memphis #parentPosted by Tecia "Lucy" Marshall under #Edchat | Tags: ASD, Catholic schools, children, edchat, elementary schools, high schools, MCS, Memphis, middle schools, NCLB, schools, scs, shelby county, state, students, teachers, Tennessee, youth |
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Parents: As you all are making decisions of where to send your children this next school year, and the year after that, and so on … research and learn the facts for yourself. Yes, there is a lot going on in education. No, there are no perfect schools, or districts, or teachers for that matter. Just like there aren’t any perfect children or just people period. Use your resources. Talk to your educator friends – not the bitter and miserable ones who don’t see the hope in ANYthing. Watch them closely. Their LIVES are miserable. Talk to those who recognize the need and own UP to the challenges. Those who are working withIN the system to change it for the better (Freddie Brooks, A Different World, 1993). Attend town hall meetings. Attend PARENT meetings. VOTE. Make your requests and concerns known. There are a lot of laws that are federal in nature that your state and city/county have no control over. The same at the state level that the districts/cities/counties have no control over.
Of course, we will all do what is best for our children. Be sure it is because it is best for the CHILD and not because you don’t like one rule, one teacher, two kids in another class, the lunch menu on Thursdays, etc. There is SO much that happens behind the scenes that all stakeholders have the right to know, but, just doesn’t for whatever reason. It’s public domain … it really is. You’d be surprised the JEWELS in a lot of the schools in your city, but, because of hearsay or stereotypes, you’ll never know that that one teacher (jewel) or principal (another jewel) had the background, skills, fortitude, compassion, and just that right connection needed to reach YOUR child.
This comes from a personal and professional place. I’m not sure why I went here. LOL. I just started typing. I love both of my children’s schools and I’ve had [minimal] challenges with both. But they both work best for my two. I work what I know and have to make sure they get what they need to be successful – challenges and all. Challenges are normal and are signs of growth and/or change and development. WE make the rest happen.
Love, Lucy – A Teacher Mommy
January 11, 2013
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Black Girls CODE Presents- Build a Webpage in a Day Memphis!
Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)
Black Girls Code is the groundbreaking initiative founded by Kimberly Bryant. An Electrical Engineer by trade, Kimberly felt the need to give back to the community by mentoring young girls of color through the introduction of technical knowledge. This project has morphed globally and Kimberly now travels the world spreading the message to young girls of color (ages 10-17) that they can be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc. She has presented workshops on building web pages, creating apps, and learning code.
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young ladies to this program. The cost is $25 and includes lunch and a snack. There will be computers provided at the venue (Rhodes College). The links are attached to the event itself as well as to the Black Girls Code website for your information.
Event link: bgcmemphis.eventbrite.com
September 26, 2012
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April 27, 2012
@WKNO_TV Premieres “American Graduate: The Tennessee Story” West TN Spotlight: Booker T. Washington H.S. #BTW #edchatPosted by Tecia "Lucy" Marshall under #Edchat, Community Info., Special Events | Tags: Alisha Kiner, Barak Obama, Booker T. Washington High School, btw, Commencement, education, Haslam, Kiner, PBS, WKNO |
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April 25, 2012
For Immediate Release
AMERICAN GRADUATE: THE TENNESSEE STORY
Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10
WKNO-TV/Channel 10 will premiere a new documentary, American Graduate: The Tennessee Story, on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam, the half-hour documentary was produced collaboratively by three of Tennessee’s public television stations and will air statewide.
A local companion to a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), American Graduate: The Tennessee Story features three different stories of impact from across the state. The local broadcast is sponsored by Lane College in Jackson.
The high school dropout rate is a significant problem in the U.S. and in Tennessee. In 2010, more than 28,000 students dropped out of high school in our state. Only 21% of Tennesseans have a college degree, as compared to 30% nationally.
High school dropouts cost the country more than $300 billion a year in lost wages, taxes and productivity, which can lead to a rise in crime, homelessness and substance abuse. This lost potential will have huge impact on our economy, healthcare costs, workforce and global competitiveness for decades to come.
In our first story, WCTE/PBS introduces us to Cynthia Fitzgerald. Born and raised in a Nashville housing project, Cynthia was encouraged by a high school counselor to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. Today Cynthia is an accomplished attorney and along with her husband, Coach Maurice Fitzgerald, spends almost every Saturday with hundreds of inner youth and their parents preparing for college in a program they’ve developed called “In Full Motion.”
Our second story takes us into East Tennessee, where the Loudon County United Way funded a program to provide a graduation coach to high-risk students. East Tennessee PBS captures the story of graduation coach Sandra Towns, and how she is providing students with a new level of support and in-school advocacy.
WKNO/PBS in Memphis focuses on the story of a college freshman, Christopher Dean. What Chris and other students at Booker T. Washington High School had to overcome in order to graduate got the attention of a lot of people, including the President of the United States.
“These stories belong to all of us,” says First Lady Crissy Haslam. “It may not be your child but it is someone’s child – and our state is at risk.”
About American Graduate
The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming. Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More information at AmericanGraduate.org.