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The Silent Killer: What WE Already Knew

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | March 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

During these times (out of an abundance of caution), we must maintain social distancing. In order to maintain our sanity we must connect to a higher being in a way that lifts our spirits, we must exercise so that we can continue to take care of ourselves and those that we love and must remain…

Happy New Year! Our Laser-Like 2020 Equity Focus

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

I want to take this opportunity to share with you information about what is occupying the greatest majority of my thinking at the start of this new year. I’ll begin by referring to a quote by Gloria Larson Billings. Dr. Billings shares with us that the goal of equitable education is not to help students…

So Much Testing Yet So Very Little Progress: What Educational Leaders Should Do About This

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Students across the entire country are in the process of meeting their final standardized testing requirements for the school year. The intent of this blog post is to cause you to examine the extent to which you believe that requiring students to take more tests, has actually caused for statistically significant improvements in student achievement. My…

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 http://Sonyawhitaker.com 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. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2017/04/why_do_teachers_quit_their_res.html?cmp=eml-contshr-shr 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…