Author Archives: Bren Martin

About Bren Martin

Brenda is an education advocate and has been an active leader in the schools, church and community. She is a National PTA Social Media Ambassador and was a Panelist on NBC's Education Nation in New York City, "Stepping Up: The Power of a Parent Advocate," for Parenting Magazine. Brenda was honored by the U. S. Department of Education and the White House as a “Champion of Change” for educational advocacy. She is Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress-Kentucky delegate and a recipient of Knowledge Universe-KinderCare’s Education Achievement Award! (See Parenting Magazine’s, “The Power and Potential of Parent Advocates,“ and one of Brenda’s articles, “Changing Us, Changes Them.“) Some of her services include: District PTA President and State PTA Board; Education Commissioner's Steering Committee for Teacher Effectiveness. She is a former regional President, Gifted Education; Summer Camp Creator/Director; Church Youth Director; Vacation Bible School Director; Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth of Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) Fellow; School Based Decision Making; Employability Skills Consultant to prison & colleges; Television Special host and more. Also, Follow Brenda on Twitter @bdrumartin. Disclaimer: Use sites, blogs, information or links at your own risk.

SNAP on the Chopping Block

Proposed program changes would cause more than 1 million low-income households, comprised of about 2 million people, to lose their benefits altogether or have them reduced. Many of those targeted to lose benefits are low-income, working families with children.” Continue reading

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Marching Forward-By Brenda-Ms. Martin, If You’re Nasty!

The recent Women’s March on Washington  (Left Photo) – which included men, women and children- was categorized by some as, “one of the largest and most significant demonstrations for social justice in America’s 240-year history.”   Taking It to the Streets … Continue reading

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Dr. Pruitt in Kentucky adopts TV Frasier’s, “I’m Listening”

Education Town Hall with Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt at KEDC in Ashland during his eleven schools tour: “How does Kentucky define school success?  “This listening tour will be an opportunity for all education shareholders to provide input to the Kentucky Department … Continue reading

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Performance Based Funding & Cuts for Higher Education

Approximately, Thirty-two states use Performance Based Funding for higher education which means they have a funding formula or policy in place to allocate a portion of funding based on performance indicators such as course completion, time to degree, transfer rates, the … Continue reading

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Title I: Parent, Family, Community Engagement

“The name of the game is showing that mastery and achievement are the ways forward, because everyone has different skills and abilities and because there isn’t one single path to success, everyone can get there.” Continue reading

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Digging Deeper Into Deeper Learning

Twenty-First Century Skills  in education have become very important in making certain our students are Career and College Ready.  Those skills weld the 3Rs: core academic subjects as defined by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and 21st century themes and 4Cs: … Continue reading

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Innocent or Guilty of Killing Police?

The Mumia Abu-Jamal- Controversy Journalist Abu-Jamal had been a target of CoIntelPro. In 1980, at the age of 26, Mumia was elected president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The following year, he was named one … Continue reading

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Increasing and Improving Internet Access for All Students!

For our schools to be ready for the Future, is indeed a concern especially for so many low-income and rural schools lacking Wi-Fi and technology.  I am encouraged by FCC Chairman proposed $1.5B increase on E-Rate spending from $2.4B to $3.9B, … Continue reading

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How Are You? Are You Sure?

Originally posted on Debate and Switch's Blog:
“How are you?”  “I’m falling apart!“ might be our inner cry, but we often say “Fine,” without a hitch.  How often do we think of what that question sounds like to someone…

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Social Media

Social Media!  Well some of you might still be wondering just what is Social Media?” Social Media is generally defined as “websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.”  Some of … Continue reading

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