Monique Cole: #ParentPower at DCPVCW

January 20, 2023

I attended my first PAVE meeting in December 2019.  I was certain that I was passionate about educational outcomes, but I was still unaware about the work of PAVE as an organization. Nevertheless, during that first meeting, I saw just how serious parents were about their children’s education and the education of other children throughout the […]

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Kisha Clark: It Hits Different In Your House

November 22, 2022

Mental health has always been an important issue to me. But now, after experiences with my daughter that I detailed in the Washington Post, and experiences in my own community, I see more clearly how critical school-based mental health resources are. Mental health plays a crucial role in how students show up to school, and […]

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Monique Cole: A Justice for justice 

June 30, 2022

When the United States Supreme Court was established over 230 years ago, only white men could sit on the court and uphold the Constitution and ideals of this great nation.  So, you can only imagine my excitement when months ago, I watched a Black woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, confirmed to take her place at […]

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Russchelle Moore: Why I #Vote4DCKids

June 16, 2022

It doesn’t matter if it’s a primary or a general election, rain or shine, in person or by mail: my kids are always there as I fill out and cast my ballot.  My kids come with me to vote because I want them to see just how crucial of a right it is. Family members […]

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Kisha Clark: Exercising better mental health

May 9, 2022

I often think about ways Out-of-School Time (OST) programs complement mental health.  I believe that OST programs – especially ones centered around physical activity – benefit our children’s mental, spiritual, and emotional health. This is not to say that academic-based OST programs are not beneficial to mental health; they are just as important to supporting […]

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Leigh Sims: Headed down a path that makes sense

February 22, 2022

From a Public School Teacher to a Budding Policy Buff and the Road that’s Paved with PAVE.   The classroom is where my heart is but my adventure cup was bottomlessly empty so I moved from America to the Middle East. After about a year, I landed myself right back in America but I still had […]

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Russchelle Moore: Forever healing open wounds

May 12, 2021

Trigger Warning: This blog piece mentions multiple forms of trauma, including drug and alcohol addiction and abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. My entire life I’ve been given the same three tips when it comes to supporting my mental health.  First, there’s “I’m sure you’re feeling just fine! Maybe you should go take a nap.” […]

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