Lillie G. Jessie

Lillie G. Jessie, an author and a consultant, is the former award-winning principal of Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary School, a high minority, highly diverse, Title I school in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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Ain’t Nothing Wrong With the Kids

Categories: PLC

This blog title represents the response of teachers regarding their achievement of what some believe is a seemingly insurmountable feat—closing the achievement gap. During their recognition at the White House, President Obama asked them what they thought was the one thing teachers and the public should know about their achievement. They responded that you have to enter your classroom with the underlying belief that “ain’t nothing wrong with the kids.” I think they used the word “ain’t” because it has a higher degree of resonance and impact. I have been a principal for 20 years and a Title I supervisor for 10. I have had the good fortune of seeing students who were not expected to learn at high levels do just that. Our school was later selected as a model professional learning community.

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