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Equity in Education with Podcast Guest Dr. Nicholas Wahl

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

I am thrilled to share with you information about this week’s upcoming guest for my Podcast show entitled What’s Really Going On: A Spotlight on Solutions for Improving Student Achievement in America Schools. The Podcast will be released Monday, April 15th and shared on my website as well as via social media. Dr. Wahl…

Empowerment Through STEM: Who Needs Empowerment?

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | April 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Just over a week ago I had the very distinct honor of delivering a keynote presentation to over 60 School Boards in the great state of Illinois. The topic of the presentation was Empowerment Through STEM. The angle that I took as it relates to addressing the topic is one rarely taken, although there is…

Identify Your Why: It Will Keep You Going and Going Like the Energizer Battery

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | February 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been following me lately, you may be wondering “where in the world is Sonya’s energy coming from?” I wake up daily fully charged like my I-phone after being on the charger all night. I stay so charged that I do not drink caffeinated coffee because I wake up on “ten.” The waiters at…

Calling All Educators! Let’s Bury the Use of the Term Academic Achievement Gap

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 17, 2019 | 1 Comment

On this day, I am asking that we bury the use of the term academic achievement gap, or at the very least, use it in a more appropriate context. Like many, I have engaged in the process of discussing the difference in the achievement levels between students of color (which includes students from various linguistic backgrounds) and students experiencing…

A Response to The Article Entitled Teachers Go Public With Their Resignation Letters

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Included in this blog post is a link to the article entitled, Teachers Go Public With Their Letters of Resignation. This article was written in response to the thousands of letters of resignations written by teachers that have elected to leave the education profession entirely. This topic is of interest to me in particular…

What Happened to Teachers In 2018?

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

So, what happened to teachers in 2018? As is indicated in the article entitled, Teachers Quit Their Jobs in Record Numbers In 2018, the Wall Street Journal has reported that in 2018 teachers quit their jobs at the fastest rate on government record. Why do you believe that this has occurred? I think that we would all…

In the Spirit of Excellence: This Educator’s Four Lessons Learned From the Woman That Cleans the Bathroom At The Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | December 26, 2018 | 3 Comments

I’d like to wish my readers a happy holiday season. I enter this season with the spirit of thanksgiving particularly as it relates to all of the life lessons that I have learned.  This week’s blog post is entitled: In the Spirit of Excellence, and is written as a result of interactions that I have had…

The Wrong Side of the Street

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | December 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Last week I went to the dentist and while waiting in the chair, I watched a home upgrade/buying show. During the show the potential buyer said, “I love this home, I love this land, but I will not buy this house because it is on the wrong side of the street.” She added, “it’s the…

What Does it Take to Improve The Academic Performance and Social/Emotional Well-Being of Diverse Student Populations?

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | December 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

I am so humbled to be able to serve as keynote speaker for the national conference hosted by the America Camp Association. The conference will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. I will deliver my keynote on February 20, 2019. In preparation for this event, and in alignment with what I…

Leadership Matters

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments