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Do you know the FIRST black graduate of the University of Memphis?

Luther C. McClellan, a blessing to our younger generation! Luther C. McClellan was one of the Memphis State Eight, who were the first African-American students admitted to Memphis State University in 1959.  He became the first African-American…
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A Focus on the Future After a Year of Loss and Lessons

2020 respresents a lot of loss for me, as it does for many others. It also represents a year where I was reminded of just how creative, flexible, compassionate, and resourceful I can be and how the lessons from my past can help me focus on the…
Summer Owens and Miriam DeCosta Sugarman
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Becoming a Part of History- The Miriam DeCosta Sugarman Marker Dedication Ceremony

There are not many moments when you're invited to be a part of history. Last Monday, I had the honor of speaking on the program for a major moment in University of Memphis history. As part of the University of Memphis' initiatives to Eradicate…
Middle school students who used a successful character education curriculum

What Makes a Successful Character Education Curriculum

I don’t think anyone sets out to do or create anything without the goal of success, and that’s why it was my mission to create a successful character education curriculum. I had completely exposed myself and felt completely vulnerable after…
The Six Pillars of character education taught as part of the unique curriculum for high school and middle school students

Six Pillars of Character Education

In my post So What is Character Education, I began to explore character education. A group of experts and educators came together in 1992 to develop the six pillars of character education. These six pillars of education were designed to help…
Principles of character education taught as part of the unique curriculum for high school and middle school students

What are the 11 principles of character education?

After digging deep into the pillars of character education, I spent time focusing on the principles of character education that I wanted to include into the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum. Character.org…

SO What is Character Education?

After focusing on literacy and life skills for the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I began research specifically on how character education. I knew that getting students to read and to read better was critical.…
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So What are the Basic Life Skills

  Basic life skills are a set of skills which help you prosper and advance in everyday life. You find that you will need different sets of like skills at different times in your life. There are 10 basic essential life skills. Because…
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Improve Literacy with ELA Common Core State Standards (Even if You Hate Them)

I was shocked by the immediate interest of students in reading my first book, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother. Then I learned teachers were actually using it to help students improve literacy. First…