What Are You Going to Do in order to Change the Game?

If you’ve ever played “street-ball” and encountered an opponent who plays dirty, that could be an invitation for you to play dirty in return. So when the game gets dirty, you’re not supposed to whine, complain, or argue about the rules – you just accept it for what it is and stay competitive until someone wins. Whoever wins the game, wins respect! Simple as that! The team who loss can’t argue about the outcome if you decided to “reciprocate their style of play” because they decided to set the precedence and tone of the game.

“Remember that your competitive approach may change the future rules of the game based on your confidence and courage!”

Therefore, in life, we have to ask ourselves, what type of games are we willing to play in order to achieve our personal or professional goals? Sometimes I ask myself as a woman and mother, why do I have to compete so much for what I desire or wish to see in the world? However, I continue to compete! Further, I ask why are there so many “organized obstacles” in lifat are designed to keep some of us from excelling! Even when we are trying to focus on our life’s purpose, there are some people whose life’s purpose is to create barriers for us! Even though we experience many challenges in life, we cannot forget what our former First Lady, Michele Obama, told us:  “When they go low, we go high!”

Every day of our lives, we have options to go low or to go high; perhaps we may choose both options as we learn more about this competitive game of life. Despite life’s highs and lows, we must continue to have a winning spirit, be mentally tough and strategic about our lives – never being conquered by our circumstances or those who choose to compete against us.

“We truly have the option to change the game and remain true to ourselves or allow the game to change us in terms of how we relate to one another. It depends on how you choose to grow!”

Furthermore, I’ve learned in the political game or in the corporate competition, that it’s not always about what you know, it’s who you know; it’s not always about what you do,  it’s about – for whom you’ve given a favor to. In spite of that, I hope this “game of life” will soon make a shift with people making more meaningful efforts to see the value in everyone – no matter who you know in a powerful position, what you’ve achieved or did not achieve, or favor you’ve given someone “in order to receive respect or a chance for equal acknowledgement or opportunities”!

Now, of course, due to this often “rigged” system of success, you can not win by yourself so there are some collaborative concepts you must master with your team or even your “so-called” opponents. In retrospect, I’ve learned while competing in sports, to become a championship team, it’s helpful to be on the same accord regarding your core values which give you a unified bond. Additionally, your spirits have to be synchronized, your mindsets’ have to be aligned as if you all were telepathic, and the roles you play must be very clear in order to win! When I speak of winning, I’m  not necessarily talking about beating your competition, but learning how to build up your team so each individual will step up their game including your opponents. Thus, intentionally giving your teammates and supporters credit for their efforts and allowing them to score in ways they’ve never imagined due to your leadership is authentic legacy building!

“I truly believe everyone should feel like they are winning when they are on your team or feel inspired just having the chance to compete with you!”

Now, not everyone is going to have your talent, strength, or your mentality so “having faith” is the essence of a successful competitor. Even when you believe some of your teammates may not be capable of helping the team win or able to perform on a higher level, it is your duty to believe in them and encourage them because when the game is on the line, it may be only up to that person to lead the team to the final winning play or to win the final game based on your positive influence. Actually, I know from experience that when you show others that you have faith in their performance, it has the potential to encourage them to make some bold moves in life! So my question for you is, are you going to watch your teammates struggle or seek competitive ways for them to feel motivated to win?” Another question you can ask yourself is, “Did I do my best to help my teammates in a positive and uplifting way that did not serve my self-interest, but the interest of the team?” – whether your team is family-oriented, community-driven, or simply a professional collaboration. On the other hand, it’s inevitable for your teammates’ goals to change and they may choose to go in another direction, but the mere fact that as a leader you were able to assist them with a strong foundation in which they feel comfortable enough to become independent in their own life pursuits, is a great example of your “legacy’s work”.

Additionally, I remember growing up as a student-athlete, observing that if you were considered smart or athletic, worked hard, and played by a set of rules – you could possibly have a piece of success or feel like a winner through your achievements! Over time, it seemed that more opportunities were available to those who met the academic or athletic standards that our communities believed to be worth the investment, leaving some groups of talented people out of the competition. So those who were left out, either chose to live a life of defeat or had to create their own opportunities. Some chose to compete legally or illegally – maybe choosing to be on “special-interest” teams even if it compromised their personal morals and values – just wanting to be accepted as an achiever.

Hence, we often spend our entire lives trying to figure out what’s our true life’s purpose and what team we desire to be on. Then, we associate with different groups of people and organizations, seek many educational or employment opportunities, exploring various religious or belief systems, and it seems like we keep walking in circles. After our many journeys and risk taking, we often return to the core of what we simply want out of life – love, peace, respect, compassion, safety, fairness, and positive or authentic relationships! Contrary to those wonderful feelings we desire from life experiences, it’s necessary to experience dark moments alone or the dark side of life to determine where we truly want to be and who we will allow in our circle of influence. During those dark times, we are often disappointed in people who we thought were supposed to be loyal to us including family and friends. Therefore, it can truly be a tug of war both on your soul and spirit regarding relationships or considering future partnerships. Sometimes, experiencing certain challenges in life makes you want to go into isolation in order to determine who you will choose to team up with or who you will love from a distance.

“Honestly, watching some of these “game plays of life” from the sidelines, just makes you want to be a “free agent”, free from the drama, power struggles, competitiveness, judgment, prejudice, and hate.”

However, “we can not go through life avoiding interactions with all people” as we pursue some form of leadership – even if we do not agree with some people’s personality, belief systems, or their decisions. Thus, we must respect each others’ game and what it is here to teach us about cooperating and collaborating with one another. So we must assess ourselves when we are leading people and ask the following questions:

  • Is my competitiveness making others feel powerless or empowered?
  • Is my competitiveness making people become more productive or unguided?
  • Is my competitiveness making others feel not involved in or a part of the team’s progress?
  • Is my competitiveness making people feel I “honestly” support their success or is my competitiveness taking credit for their hard work – blocking or sabotaging their successes?
  • Is my competitiveness driven by humility – allowing people to see my imperfections as I strive for excellence or is my competitiveness humiliating others due to my insecurities or incompetencies?
  • Finally, is my competitiveness helping to create a more consciously collaborative world?

With all that have been said, I recommend everyone to “compete with purpose” and not just have a purpose to compete. There’s a big difference. Notably, if there is a unifying purpose behind your competitiveness, you will never lose and you will win with wisdom if you are open to learn from others and willing to develop.

So from this moment envision the areas of your life you are going to work on and team up with others who will help you achieve! Please note, it may not be a family member or a friend that will get you to the finish line. However, while you are on your grind achieving one goal at a time, you will begin to attract people into your life that can meet you where you are and align you closer to your purpose! Sounds encouraging, right?

Therefore, I pray that all who are reading this message are inspired and feel empowered to make the progressive changes that are necessary to live a healthier and more fulfilling life! Please take care of yourselves, and continue to be a blessing to others through your prayers, thoughts, and actions! Don’t forget to seek some quiet time each day to process your thoughts and emotions in order to be productive and not counterproductive with the distractions around us. Last, but not least, I am holding you accountable to make a list of short-term and long-term goals while answering the question each week: “What am I going to do in order to change the game in my personal and professional life so I can feel liberated and at peace while helping others feel motivated enough to achieve their goals?!”

The author of this blog, Marian Serena Moore, is a former teacher/ F.B.L.A advisor now seeking opportunities to coach and consult those who wish to put their life and career goals in action! If you are interested in teaming up with her to achieve your goals, email her at competewithpurpose@gmail.com.

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Grade With Purpose!

With 7 years of experience teaching business and computer concepts to high school students, there were many challenges I was able to manage and grading miracles I was able to create with integrating technology in my learning lab. In fact, technology helped me to develop my former business students’ academic discipline and innovation with rigorous projects to assess their knowledge and skills. Further, I was able to provide timely as well as personalized feedback through grading software and online management systems! Reflecting back, there were many resources that helped change the grading game for me as a facilitator and consequently prepared my high school students for their college, careers, and life!! Thus, grades and meaningful feedback, if carried out effectively, can result in more career opportunities and impactful life lessons for our future leaders!

Since many people in the Baltimore region are discussing new grading policies and procedures, it motivated me to blog this month about education. After reading Superintendent Dallas Dance’s Op-ed: “What’s in a Grade?” and browsing through Baltimore County’s new grading manual, immediately I reflected on my own grading experiences as a teacher. So let me to take you on a 400-meter dash filled with questions, concerns, my own experience, and finally — passing the baton to you! Although the Olympics is officially over, my mind is still racing about how I can encourage Education Leaders to compete and grade with purpose, putting student’s needs in 1st place!!

“First 100 – How Can We Accelerate, Running the Grading Curve?”

  • The first thing that came to my mind about Baltimore County Public Schools’ grading initiative was: “Releasing this grading manual publicly in the beginning of the school year is probably giving teachers more anxiety and pressure to become more accurate and specific with their grading – the same anxiety a runner has when “taking his or her mark”.
  • Second, I thought of the potential burden that teachers may have if they don’t have the proper support or resources to provide their students with timely and meaningful feedback along with personalized lesson planning. Therefore my question is, ”Who is going to ensure that teachers are “set to go” and grade efficiently?”
  • Third, when teachers upload their grades online, we cannot forget how parent involvement could turn into cyberbullying via email regarding grades. Not all parents do this, but a furious few is more than enough! With that being said, what type of protection and intervention is available for teachers when parents and students respond aggressively about grades while they are transitioning to this new grading approach?
  • Fourth, how will Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) new grading system and report card layout impact high school students when colleges review their applications? Based on this new grading system, will students in the future experience culture shock when transitioning from school to college or work?
  • Finally, I know some educators are thinking, “Before unleashing this policy, perhaps the school system could have first provided them with:
  1. a co-teacher in order to give proper feedback to each student,
  2. an administrative assistant to answer incoming phone calls as well as emails from students and parents specifically regarding grades, which could be a potential distraction for teachers staying on track with outgoing calls to parents about some of their student’s disruptive behavior
  3. a private counselor and a doctor on site to manage their blood pressure or mental health between classes
  4. a class monitor to assist with tracking attendance, lateness, behavior, and team projects so that the 2nd portion of the report card could be filled out accurately, and
  5. tech support available to help them to effectively and efficiently grade using online management systems.”

Yes, teachers are CEOs running a major business and they need additional personnel and partners to support the needs of their students, in addition to, their very own managerial duties! So it’s great that Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) recommends that departments work more collaboratively instead of teachers working in isolation! However, what about the one-person departments? Yes, there are teachers in secondary education who teach all grade levels! So, will “all teachers” really have the time to connect with their peers across the county and how will this grading initiative be executed in a timely fashion so that students will feel supported through this new grading system?

My concern is that if this grading strategy isn’t clear for students and teachers, it may cause some serious problems related to accuracy because let’s be honest, “grades have never been a 100% accurate reflection of students’ achievement”. This is because they have been distorted by bias, lack of resources, and constant education reform. Thus, in the midst of this “Race to the Top” education reform, the effort of BCPS is appreciated, but we must straighten out the “grading curves”!

Second 100 – Now We Are at the “Straight Away” – “Making the Transition & Finding Your Comfort Zone!”

After reading Baltimore County’s grading manual’s quote, “Conduct and skills are critical and belong on the report card, but they should not distort the academic grade. Separating the academic grade from the conduct grade holds students accountable for both.”  – I agreed with this concept as a student and disagreed as a former athlete. I began to reflect on my sports background analyzing “team sports” in correlation to grading. For example, only a certain amount of players can be on the court or the field at a time. So let’s say that “playing time” in a competition is equivalent to a grade because most players look forward to scoring or receiving accolades when participating in a game or event. Generally, most teams have policies set up so that when athletes come to practice late, they have to run extra laps or do a certain amount of pushups. In addition, if players do not display positive conduct towards their teammates and coach, even the referee – the player would be penalized with a technical foul, loss of an offensive possession, or the loss of playing time. Yes, there are consequences for behavior and poor choices in sports. Inappropriate behaviors are challenged almost immediately in order for players to understand the importance of discipline and respect!

So do you think it’s totally fair in education to create chances for some children to half-way complete assignments or turn in their work late without a reasonable excuse? Is it fair for some students to have the possibility of receiving 50% if they completed 25% of their work or even receive the same grade as the student who was punctual and hardworking? Also, let’s keep it real – “What about students who are caught cheating? Will these students receive a 50% bailout in the future?” Now let’s think about how this grading system would impact the morale or the work ethic of the students who seriously prioritize their time in order to achieve success! Therefore, I believe there has to be an accountability system, especially for secondary schools to ensure they will meet college and career expectations. Additionally, I would like to point out that this learning approach with extended time to support student’s achievement discussed in the grading manual is perfect for elementary and middle schools so students would not be discouraged from trying harder and becoming more responsible for their learning outcomes. However, I believe by grade 7, the grading policy should change. If the grading process is consistent with academic discipline and learning support systems from pre-K to 7th grade, then 7th grade and beyond should be more tailored to prepare students for college, careers, or entrepreneurship demands!

See, I’ve learned that “grades” are like paychecks in education. I recall my former high school students trying to negotiate grades at the end of every quarter like salaries. The more I used online grading, the more frequently I was approached by my students. Sometimes I felt like it (online grading) interfered with them actually learning because most students focused on immediate results instead of enjoying the adventurous process of learning. Some students rushed through their work just to be finished before most of their classmates and others were practical enough to put in the necessary time for their final product – conscious of their professional development. Then, others did enough to get by and were cool with a capital “C”. Whatever the student chose to do, it showed when they had to present their final product to the class. As a result, my students and I learned that the truth will reveal itself at some point in the game, when their skills were tested with a performance assessment or with an impromptu quiz.

So I predict that some students are going to take advantage of this grading policy – not to necessarily have a second chance to truly learn a concept, but a second chance to cram in some work for a better grade. Depending on the student – content will be going into his or her short-term memory just for the grade, not for the knowledge. This is just my perspective from teaching high school students and observing how they reacted to grades and what they were willing to do or not do for grades, especially if they feel what you are teaching them is not relevant to their lives at that current moment. So how can we convince more students to be satisfied with the learning process or find relevance in the assignments they receive? Perhaps, pay them for their effort or not give them a grade at all?

Furthermore, in this grading manual, grades are “separate yet equal” in importance. Therefore, my question is, “How will teachers hold students accountable for their behavior or attitudes without deducting points from their final grade?” Perhaps, taking away privileges such as recess, but parents want their children to have more recess for health reasons so that may not be as effective. Maybe giving parents fines for their children’s intentional bad behavior or giving parents the option to observe their child in school from their smartphones to reduce conduct issues would be effective? 🙂 Imagine if we would follow the police department’s’ initiative, by putting body cameras on students or placing cameras in all classrooms to help teachers’ grade students behavior more accurately and report it more efficiently? Well, that may not be a great idea because this type of surveillance system may support the school-to-prison pipeline even further. Can you just visualize teachers along with the administration reviewing video after school because often it’s tough for teachers to write behavior reports in the heat of the moment while simultaneously managing class? Perhaps that is why grades should be impacted by behavior because teachers would have less issues during class if students knew it was going to impact their grade. Some parents would argue that they would not have a true representation of their child’s knowledge deducting points from their grades. Then, I would argue that allowing kids to turn in their work late is not a true representation of “being responsible” if you give them “full credit”. This is a gray area I think BCPS should reexamine in their grading manual because I think “extra credit” is still available to students if you are allowing students to find new ways to make up work to increase their grade.

We, also, need to equally consider how a student’s attendance and behavior impacts their classmates in terms of learning achievement, classroom procedures, and group work progress. Both attendance and behavior alone can impact grades from being equitable, accurate, specific, and timely. For example, during group work if there are some students who are being playful, how can grades be totally equitable? More importantly, there are students who are being bullied during class and have low achievement due to anxiety. Thus, grades may not be an accurate representation of those students’ learning abilities. So to report behavior separately does not tell the entire story of how behavior impacts not only the student’s grade who chose to misbehave, but the total class or group learning outcomes.

Not to mention, teachers who are not providing students with multiple teaching approaches or may not have all the resources to address students’ diverse needs and learning preferences. Consequently, a student may receive low grades because he or she is not engaged with how his or her teachers teach. Yes, I do believe that teachers alone are not effective in order for their students to achieve! It takes technology, experiential projects, and strong business partnerships to bring more relevance to academics! Ok, I know this race is a little wordy, but you must endure with me! Now let’s pick up the pace! We’re almost done!

2nd Curve – The True Test of Your Endurance at the 300 Meter Mark: “Reflecting on Why You Are Truly Running This Race!”

In retrospect, I was a little “old-school” with my grading in order to keep order in my class. Holding students accountable for their behavior or irresponsibility were factored into their final grade. It helped me manage my class based on professional standards, but some students were going to socialize and be a distraction regardless. However, what mattered most was how I structured my students’ learning experience. My lessons had to be extremely organized and creative, yet flexible enough to allow my students to guide me in the right direction. For example, after every class assignment, my students would work on enrichment activities such as using the internet as a research tool and experience real-world application projects in order for them to see how our content exists outside of the classroom. Notably, during each unit, we had team projects to promote social learning and collaboration! Project-based learning definitely impacted my students behavior and attitudes in a positive way! It can also increase attendance and lateness to class because students will actually look forward to the variety of experiences you provide them with and enjoy taking ownership of their learning with personalized projects.

Additionally, integrating technology as a quick way to execute formative assessments and provide immediate feedback accelerated my former students learning and changed their attitudes about how they wanted to improve their progress. When I would provide more formative assessments consistently, it created a chance for me to cover more material during the school year. Furthermore, I believe web management systems such as Edline, now acquired by Blackboard, can accelerate teaching and learning for teachers and students who need to improve their organizational skills, thus achieving more throughout the school year! In fact, using Edline, along with Easygrade Pro, allowed me to upload comments to assist students with achieving their learning goals with reminders and notes about how they could improve. Another excellent grading resource was using Google Docs which allowed me to coach students during class projects or writing assignments providing detailed feedback conveniently online.

Most critics say technology takes away from human contact, however, I was able to effectively communicate and motivate my students to complete their assignments by actively commenting in their Google documents or on their wiki workspaces – which was just as encouraging as human contact. Imagine a student riding the bus home receiving an email alert from their teacher after school giving them some feedback on a project. Do you think the student will feel supported and encouraged to work on their project for homework? In most cases, yes, based on my experience. Thus, technology can bring you closer to your students by becoming their virtual assistant!

Throughout my educational race, I’ve learned that the secret to success is simply providing multiple learning accommodations for my students in order for them to develop successfully, which is stated in BCPS’s grading manual through technology and teamwork! For example, over time, I changed my grading style – becoming more flexible with classwork, allowing students to complete assignments at home if they needed more time and I was more firm with projects in terms of deadlines to better prepare students for college expectations and career demands. Therefore, homework kind of phased out with it either being an opportunity to have more time to complete classwork at home, work on school projects in order for students to make my deadlines or take out time to study online sources, or take online practice assessments. (Look on your left under the Book Overview section for examples) Please note, providing online assessments for homework can save teachers time with grading and if students have any additional concerns, the teacher can address those needs during class because students’ progress can be tracked electronically through certain grading software.

Moreover, transitioning to online learning included a lot of experiments, trials, errors, and successes so I enjoy sharing my experiences with Education Leaders to help them make sound decisions for both teachers and students! In fact, about two years ago, I discussed this topic at a local board meeting in Baltimore County. I made predictions based on my teaching experience using online management systems between 2009 and 2013. Therefore, I humbly acknowledge that grading was a complex experience, but with access to technology I acquired a lot of wisdom and truly discovered something promising about education. That is why I am still running in this educational race! What about you?

“Come on now, stay with me! We’re almost done!”

Keep in mind that in sports, no one gives you much credit for how well you did in practice because what really counts is how you perform in the game or during a competition! So I suggest that drills and homework should not be uploaded as actual achievement grades, but participation grades because students are participating in their progress to master their learning. More importantly, as educators, we have to work and grade smarter – not so hard that you lose your strength at this point in the race! You’ve come too far and impacted too many lives to give up right now! Our students need your motivation as well as your unique gifts that you delight them with every day! So endure! Breathe! Push further! Stay encouraged! No one can do it like you! You are a champion! Your creativity and dedication matters!

Finally, reflecting back on the sports life, no one ever gave me extra points for practicing my game before or after practice. I had to motivate myself and want to become a better athlete which applies to student’s attitudes about their education, especially in secondary schools! Remember, homework is practice and if the teacher aligns his or her formative and summative assessments with homework assignments, students should not have to be a great test taker in order to pass the class, if students apply themselves the same way they do in their social lives or participating in their extra-curricular activities, such as sports!!

The Last 100 Meters – “The Final Stretch is When You Give It All You’ve Got!”

For the final 100 meters, I wanted to share some final thoughts for teachers who are on the verge of quitting this race! My overall goal as an education consultant and motivational coach is to assist with retaining teachers when they are considering other career options due to education reform or policy decisions. Trust me, there is hope!

Based on my experience with Baltimore County Public Schools, I would like to point out that I believe a globally competitive graduate must have sports discipline, but the way this current grading policy is set up, does not demonstrate the total appreciation and respect for the type of work ethic and accountability that I’ve experienced in sports in order to achieve great success! I agree with the grading initiative in terms of students being accountable for achieving, setting learning goals, and tracking their progress! Yes, I agree, we should support students’ emotional and social needs with intervention programs that build up their character, help them manage their stress, and conquer their learning obstacles, while preparing them for success!

Even as adults we have to join support groups or constantly review content that we may not have mastered for professional development. We may not get points, a promotion for it, or a pat on the back, but I’m sure we all have found out that becoming more competent and able to master our jobs can be just as rewarding. Therefore, we have to show our students to accept that they may not get the grade that they wanted, but it should not deter them from putting in more effort to achieve a life or career skill. In fact, people or organizations may not give you a second or third chance to get a better grade or rating, but you still have to work hard if you want to achieve more and take your talent to a higher level! So I’d rather students be prepared to understand the concept of work ethic and strategic planning early so they will not have to face unnecessary obstacles during college or throughout their careers.

More importantly, we have to ask ourselves, “What is Equity?” in terms of grading in this globally competitive world? Remember this summer, we had to ask ourselves about fairness during the Olympics in Rio after the Women’s 400-meter dash. Take a look!

If you look at the end of this race, Allyson Felix and another runner came over to Shanae Miller to help pick her up and congratulate her for winning the race. I wonder how those ladies truly felt about the outcome of that race after the hard work they put in preparing for four years to achieve the Olympic gold, silver, or bronze medal?

I can relate to this actual race reflecting on my career in education, however, sometimes your hard work may not matter to those who will have political power with or without you being on their team. So, Education Leaders, you must continue to play with pride and dignity, knowing you can and will make a difference in your students’ lives!

Here’s the baton:

Let me see what kind of answers or solutions you will provide for these open-ended questions related to equity in education:

1. Are we going to allow students to win by the rules or allow students to leap to the finish line while others chose to win the proper way – striding and striving for excellence?

2. Is the education race the same or equitable if everyone is not treated with the same expectations or respect?

3. Does equity create opportunities for students or education leaders to cheat in order to compete?

4. Will “equity” that everyone is striving for create “new achievement gaps” for students who were privileged by the traditional rules of education?

5. Are we making changes in grades because we do not want our students to experience failure or education leaders do not want to look like failures?

6. Essentially, how can we find that balance of power for all students to achieve and learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork?

Finally, we have to be extremely careful when implementing grading policies such as this because lack of accountability is the reason why so many people are suffering in this world today personally and professionally. Think about how a grade or even your behavior has impacted your mental, emotional, social, or economic situation today. With that said, teachers along with our future workforce depend on our commitment as a community to enforce equity by applying ethical and moral reasoning to our instructional and political decisions!

Now, we’ve made it to the finish line! I appreciate your endurance and let’s continue to run this purposeful race together!  #competewithpurpose and #gradewithpurpose!

Marian Moore is a former instructor from Baltimore County Public Schools and an aspiring consultant for Superintendents, school officials, and education supporters!

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Cited Sources:

Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Ph. D. “What’s in a Grade.” The Baltimore Sun. September 3, 2016. Web. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-dance-grades-20160903-story.html

Division of Curriculum and Instruction. Baltimore County Public Schools Grading and Reporting Procedures Manual, 2016. http://bcps.org/academics/grading/Grading-and-Reporting-Procedures.pdf

Baltimore County Public Schools High School Sample Report Card  http://www.bcps.org/academics/grading/ReportCardHigh.pdf

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NBC Sports YouTube Channel:  Bahamas’ Miller dives to beat out U.S.’ Felix for 400m gold

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The Big Upset!

My blog this month is dedicated to my father, Glenny “Duke” Moore, who ascended on Friday, February 5, 2016. He fought for his life all the way to the end and has passed the baton to many people who looked up to him as a father figure or friend. His life – the good, the bad, and the ugly inspire me to try to connect with everyone – despite our differences or our different circumstances because it’s the right thing to do.

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Thank you, Daddy, for encouraging me to fight for my rights as a woman and mother. Your time, support, and listening ear really set me up for future success! Now that you are in the spiritual realm, I know that you are putting in a good word for me to the “Most High” to create new pathways for me to contribute more to society and live your legacy of love that you demonstrated to me and your grandson, Nigel Moore. I’m still trying to process you not being here physically to listen to my blogs or speeches before I publish or recite them. It was truly fulfilling watching your face light up with pride after I would share my writing with you. You genuinely enjoyed my evolution and my efforts to become an advocate for civil rights in education. You were my #1 supporter and I know every success I experience from this day forward was because you took out the time to just listen and talk to me about life! I am so grateful to have had you in my life! I love you, forever!

Your Super Star,

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Now, let’s get back to business as I refocus on my mission to coach and motivate whoever decided to read my message today!

This blog is also dedicated to Africans and African Americans, who are celebrating Black History Month. I encourage you to continue to believe in yourself even if some people treat you as if you are unworthy of true happiness, respect, or opportunities in life! More importantly, this blog is for all of the victors who have endured unfair adversities due to their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, income, or by simply using their freedom of speech and expression.

Therefore, I would like to share a sports analogy with you I entitled: “The Big Upset”.

This month, we are approaching a critical part of the high school and college basketball seasons when teams have to play with unity despite their individual differences. Now February is usually the turning point for a lot of basketball teams and this is the time when players collectively decide whether or not they want to be the champions of their region, state, or division. Also, by this time of the basketball season, teams have celebrated some wins and endured some losses! As players or spectators, we all know that the winning results during March Madness reflect the outcome of hard work, courage, & perseverance. As a former athlete, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what your season record is or how many star athletes you have on your team, “the championship title is not discriminatory”. The final title belongs to the individuals or team who are not complacent and have a strong desire to win for a greater purpose than themselves!

Now, of course, the fans and critics expect the team with the winning record or the team who have powerful and talented players to win the big game – just like money, power, connections, and prestige usually help people win political positions. But, in sports, most biased fans, would not expect the athletes on the underdog’s team as having the caliber or capacity to help win “the big game” or championship.

Moreover, even some team members only endorse their “star players” as the ones who could help win critical games during the regular season, overlooking players who often watch the game from the bench. So can someone who has been called a “practice player” or a “bench warmer”, compete on such an elite level? Furthermore, can the team who were titled “The Underdogs”, from a different division compete with the division who has the most resources, fans, and corporate sponsors? Of course, they, “The Underdogs” can! So when the “Big Upset” happens and anonymous athletes become (what seemed like) “an overnight success”, everyone who’s watching and playing the game discovers humbly that, “All you need to win is to believe in yourself and have a courageous heart”.

So, my readers, don’t lose the game of life believing only certain people are meant to be victorious. In fact, we can be so predictable with the negative attitudes we have about ourselves or the types of outcomes we create for our lives, that people actually invest big money into industries that support our sometimes defeated attitudes – like the prison, mental health, illegal drug, and medical industries. Thus, now is the time for us to explore economics and research the political science that runs this world! We have to collectively understand that, the “Big Upset” happens when political fans lose “big money” on the underdogs win or new winning attitudes!

With that said, “Never underestimate the power of the underdog” if you feel like one because the championship goes to the team who takes the most calculated risks and have the most heart! So please find the winner inside of you and make championship history! Over the next few decades, I want to hear about you or your children, during Black , Hispanic Heritage, or Women’s History Month! I want to see you and others collaborating to make World History just like our ancestors! Yes, “YOU” – because from this day forward, you are not giving up on yourself or the legacy you could create for generations to come!

In closing, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard my former high school basketball coach, Breezy Bishop say, “You’ve gotta have heart!” Who would have thought that such a common phrase that I often laughed at and imitated in high school could get me through such a complex political game situation in my personal and professional life. I just know from my experience with sports that when you come to a game wanting to win, you have to get in a competitive mental zone that no one can take you out of, “not even white supremacy”! I never would have thought I would be going “head to head” with white supremacy in the education system, but God will put you in game situations in life that will help your team to become believers again, achievers again, and winners again because freedom, respect, and opportunity belong to all of us! Not just them, but “US” too!

Happy Black History Month to everyone! Study History and Make History! Until next time, please check out my video collection from my local board of education meetings over the past three years. I am available to speak on many issues regarding education, instructional technology, economics, and policies related to equal opportunities for teachers, employees, and students! Take care and Power to the People!

This Case is Closed in order to Open a Door Full of Opportunities!

Hello Education and Civil Rights Supporters,

Yesterday I received a response from the Office of Civil Rights through the Department of Education about my legal case and I wanted to share with you the actual letter from the Team Investigator. I am not surprised from this response and the lack of support from the individuals that were involved with my case. This situation showed me how loyal political players are to a team or organization even when their teammates make decisions that are against their “own” personal belief system. In other words, when you are a part of a social group, religious group, fraternity, sorority, sports team, coalition – some people chose to be loyal just to be “a part of a whole” and give up their soul’s purpose to remain wealthy, prestigious, or popular in the public’s eye. At some point during my case, the decision-makers could have exercised their social responsibility to make this wrong – Right. However, due to my “courageous words”, “untimeliness” or “Black Pride”, my case had no relevance or a chance for justice. Overall, there are several arguments that outweigh being untimely in my case, but I will allow you to be the judge once you read the long awaited letter I received.

More importantly, I want to share with you what I’ve learned from this entire experience and my 35 years of living on this earth:

1. United we stand, divided we fall.

2. Some of us talk, laugh, and gossip about each other, more than we actually help each other. Sometimes we compete more than we actually collaborate with each other.

3. More African Americans need to be supportive of each other and work together on the issues that impact their communities.

4. Instead of helping the ratings of popular shows such as Scandal and Empire or sporting events such as March Madness and the NBA finals which are distracting you from what is really going on in the world, please actively and equally support a person who has been killed, mistreated, or retaliated against. We must avoid television more often and tune into our own lives.

5. I often frequent Baltimore County’s Board of Education meetings to speak on behalf of the African American community and my race is often underrepresented.

6. I understand as working parents it can be very challenging to attend certain political events, but your presence can truly make a difference in your child’s future and your future as well.

7. As an African American community, we should become more involved in politics because there is power in numbers. Check out the ratings for Scandal, Empire, March Madness, the Super Bowl, and the NBA Finals, then you will see how many corporations are supported by the Black community as we die, along with, being mistreated everyday. Check out those deadly and discriminatory statistics as well.

8. I’ve witnessed people of other social groups get exactly what they wanted or witnessed them receiving a fair chance for justice due to political involvement, access to money, and massive amounts of participation from their peers.

9. We judge each other too much and fear judging those who strategically plan our lives and life outcomes.

10. African Americans, along with other races, should seek to learn and study the law as a community in order to defend themselves for being mistreated or misled. Knowledge is power! Ase’!

11. African Americans should come together as a community and analyze school budgets and state budgets whether you are working or not because it impacts your life either way.

12. Whether you are working or unemployed, your thoughts and views matter and could possibly change the hearts of others, creating a more compassionate agenda in politics.

13. Some of us give up too easily! Don’t lose your vision or your hope!

14. African Americans should continue to team up by creating opportunities to support their children and families with financial literacy programs, career opportunities, and entrepreneurship training. Change the financial and employment statistics for our community by seeking resources both online and in the community!

15. African Americans should have more moral and legal assistance available to them in school and at the workplace to assist them with their internal grievance cases.

16. A Cultural Sensitivity and Emotional Intelligence class should be a High School graduation requirement.

17. When African American leaders try to help other African Americans, it’s called favoritism; when a certain racial group help its race, it’s called an equal opportunity. We need to define equal opportunity and match it with affirmative action.

18. People in power will retaliate against you if you speak out about injustice regarding their social group and will use their power against you while demonstrating a positive image to the public’s eye.

19. People in power will take the truth you speak personally and play the role of God in your life if you allow them to, but remember we all are Gods and Goddesses, the original image of God. We are Creators!

20. Some leaders get overly comfortable in their positions and think they can get away with retaliation and mistreating others, but this behavior will not be tolerated if enough people stand up against it! We have to organize and strategize to change the status quo!

21. We have prejudice people who are working with our children and working beside us everyday. Therefore, we have to pray that they will change their hearts because one day their children will need help too; one day they will need help. Pray, but be proactive with your legal matters.

22. We have to build each other up because there are too many people who will not give us the tools for success due to racism, classism, sexism, and corporate greed.

23. Why did I think the education system that has been discriminatory towards African American teachers and other races was going to respect my hard work as a teacher?

24. Why did I believe an education system that at one point did not want African Americans to read and write – would support my African American son’s educational opportunities?

25. Why did I believe in a government that was originally created to mentally, physically, and spiritually enslave African Americans would actually give me and my son justice?

26. Why did I think an African American leader would have the power to bring justice to my case when majority of his bosses may have been racist, biased, or even sexist?

27. Why did I think a female leader, who happened to be of another racial group would support an African American mother and son’s discrimination case?

28. Should I believe that female leaders would support a mother or woman on these types of complex issues no matter their race or religion? Will a woman of another race fight for my civil rights to the point of losing her identity because she connects with my heart and knows she would not have been accepted totally for the way she actually looked on the outside?

29. Are women powerless, disrespected, overworked, or too vindictive in corporate America? Maybe each area I acknowledged is relevant and that is why we cannot progress as corporate women with total satisfaction.

30. Were female leaders influenced by male leaders in order to treat my case as an untimely case or did my team leader arbitrarily make the decision herself because I was standing up for myself firmly?

31. Why did I believe that justice would be served because everyday an African American is killed or spirit is killed due to classism and racism without justice being on their side unless the national media is involved? Sometimes, the media’s attention doesn’t help the dire matters we are facing as a nation.

32. African American families united is the biggest threat to White Supremacy and through this experience I’ve witnessed how some white people do not want black people to help and love one another. We see it every day – our families under extreme stress and living in unfair conditions causing us to divide because individually we have prejudice or different belief systems.

33. We are blaming each other for the hurt that White Supremacy or the Elite has caused us to experience through organized religion, politics, monetary policies, media channels, and education. Stop blaming each other and continue to love and support your family despite your differences!

34. White Supremacy was designed to make African Americans and poor people not BELIEVE anymore or to think that they do not deserve freedom or opportunities. White Supremacy continues to make us feel inferior by using laws against us in order to lower our self-esteem enough to believe that individuals with fancy titles are superior to us.

35. We cannot be equal, if the law or policy constantly divides us as a people. Some people believe poor and being privileged to receive an equal opportunity just don’t mix, but I know if our decision makers did mix the two together, our economy would be a lot stronger and our communities would look like a portrait of progress. I truly believe that politics should empower people, not make them feel unaccomplished or stagnated!

Although on this legal document, it appears that I did not experience racism, discrimination, or my son did not experience retaliation, we absolutely did! I have the proof and some of you have witnessed the evidence. The Office of Civil Rights is supposed to support African Americans and underrepresented groups, but through my case, you can see that clearly this did not happen. It appears that I did not do my job in a timely and a respectful fashion. So please let my lesson, be your lesson and make sure you are not on “CP Time” when submitting your documents. Also, please do not act “too black” or be “too much of an intellectual” because you will not receive justice unless you take your case to private court. As we all know, sometimes through the court system – justice is not a guarantee.

Lastly, this is just the beginning of my career in civil rights and my obligation is to help those who can’t politically help themselves. I believe that when one door closes, another opens and I know there will be some people who are going to support me with my efforts to represent African American children within the school system and African American adults in the workplace. Thank you for your support and please become more active in changing your family lifestyles and community!

Here is my closing prayer for myself and you:

Dear Mother-Father God,

I will not allow the negative events or people’s negative thoughts to interfere with my spirit today. Today is a new day and it has a new purpose. I will renew my mind, heart, and spirit. I will be in the present. I will not escape what agenda you have brought to me today, but try to use my time wisely and purposefully. I will share and use my gifts today with the intent to impact lives and uplift spirits. I will be fair. I will try to be patient and understanding. I will use team approaches to elevate the consciousness of people around me. I will make some decisions that people may not like, but for the betterment of our future. I cannot waste time being fearful by procrastinating or not speaking up when I am being mistreated. I deserve better, we deserve better as a human race! My innovative thoughts and courageous decisions will be for the advancement of this country. I cannot allow the day-to-day challenging events hinder me from my overall mission. I cannot allow the unreasonable decisions that people around me make disrupt the bigger vision I have for the work I have committed my life to. I will not allow the past to affect my present or future unless I am taking the time to improve upon an area I’ve neglected. My personal and professional growth is my priority. I must embrace my growing pains because it is a part of my achievement. I am grateful for all people and events in my life; for it is what allows me to see the world differently. Every event is controlled by Divine timing and I have to allow nature to take its course in certain areas of my life. When the time is right, we can all rejoice for the blessings that will be poured into and out from our lives by acting on our faith! Together we will win and when we stand in solidarity, we are world champions! Remember that believing in your worth is defeating your doubts! Do not stop believing! Faith is why we are all in this race! The finish line of an accomplishment may be closer than we realize, although there are many more milestones to achieve! We humbly have our arms open to the opportunities that the Divine Mother/Father God will present to us. We will receive our blessings and opportunities with humility and gratitude; Despite the hate and confusion around us, we should continue to love and forgive! We should continue to love because love will love us back if we open our hearts! I pray that each and everyone is encouraged by my words! I hope your souls are touched because we have a lot of work to do! Please don’t give up! This world needs you! Amen to the Creator and to my ancestors who give me courage, passion, and new purpose each and every day!

BE ENLIGHTEDSincerely,

Marian Serena Moore & on behalf of Nigel Malik Moore

Sources used in my blog suggested for further reading:

TV By the Numbers

Empire is Fox’s Highest-Rated New Show in Years!

12 Extremely Disturbing Statistics About Police Violence and Black People That Should Alarm You

For Harriet – The Myth of the Welfare Queen: How Classism Worked Against Black Women

Jay Jones – Black Economics Equals Black Power

A Blueprint for RESPECT – U.S. Department of Education

Ed.Gov -Teachers Get R-E-S-P-E-C-T

9 Biggest Lies About Black Males and Academic Success

The Root – Texas Elementary School Teacher on McKinney Pool Party

Morgan the Scribe – To Rachel Dolezal: A White NAACP President Could Have Been a Powerful Thing

Black Enterprise – Financial Literacy Page

U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights – Case Processing Manual

Can Love Rapture Both Racism and Corrupt Capitalism?

Times like this with wars and protests going on in our streets make me think about the importance of family. The black family has endured so much socially and economically in our country. It is obvious that white supremacy and elite social groups do not want us to love each other the way we naturally love each other. In fact these corporate leaders and bankers have been strategically plotting ways to divide our life stories into Chapter 7, 11, and 13; allowing big businesses’ to be corrupt and causing individuals’ to become bankrupt. On the other hand, some people in power literally pay us to be poor and are entertained by our ignorance; some in the past even created education, monetary, legal, and medical policies to displace the royal black race. Is it our unique DNA code that causes you to experiment on us in such a sadistic and fanatical way?

Unfortunately, there are savvy and strategic political individuals capitalizing on the black community being mentally ill, physically in bondage, and emotionally distraught to support what I like to define as Evil Economics!! Therefore, the root of this evil economy causes our black children to become behind in education, populate prisons, or become substance abusers due to lack of equal opportunity and fair treatment. Yes, our “free” country even exchange our lucrative black communities for stock, bidding on corporate performance and penitentiary profits while black people’s self- and net worth are devalued. This political incorrect system is so mentally sick and the therapy for all of this hate is simply LOVE.

Moreover, we request publicly for leaders to love and respect us but some do not want to give up their ruling power; but why not surrender to LOVE? Why should life relationships be based on power struggles and political parties? It is now the time to let go of the conditional laws and let the natural laws rule! I know in my heart that Mother Nature would not stand for this chaos and the Universal Laws would not fall for this order of business! So now is the time for honesty, humility, and unity; not cover ups, ego trips, and brutality.

I know right now my people are tired and some of them may die for justice in the next few days or even the next few weeks. However, I don’t wish that this type of violence would happen, but my city is in rage and they are going to fight back fearlessly. My brothers and sisters in Baltimore are serious! Some Baltimoreans will control their emotions and others will speak the truth uncut and raw, but it’s all coming from the heart as well as out of frustration! The tolerance for some black  people are extremely low so if they are disrespected, the protests may not be so peaceful and there will be a war. It’s just how nature works when you do not nourish its people with LOVE.

Personally, I know that feeling when injustice hits home. I was willing to die for my cause because I wanted a better life for me and my son along with my community. When you are in the heat of the moment, you just don’t care what people think or what important titles they have; you just want JUSTICE & RESPECT! So I sincerely pray that people will be careful with their children during the protest but I know some black people and other races are going to sacrifice their lives intentionally and unintentionally for the sake of JUSTICE. Furthermore, I have this gut feeling that my city is going to be set up by intruders and some people may travel here to exacerbate the current situation. I hope that I am wrong, but just observing the news and online videos, the feelings of rage and passion are so intense out there right now. I am sorry to say even innocent children may experience some brutality as a result of agitators interfering in our protests. All I can do is pray for peace and love for my community and our nation after centuries of this greedy generational war attack on the royal black family. We definitely need an overflow and outpouring of love to lift us all up!

So I urge you to please be safe and wise out there! It’s an eerie yet courageous smell in the air. Also, don’t feel guilty or allow people to make you feel guilty if  you decide not to protest. It may not be your place to do so. However, if you are not out there marching for Freddie Gray, as a black community we have to remember to take care of ourselves and our children better. We all know that a lot of the illegal and violent activities in our city is because some of us (mothers, fathers, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors, leaders) are not involved enough in the personal and professional development of our children We, also, know it truly takes a village to help raise and guide our children! Even parents need guidance! Often, some mothers are chasing love or other addictions instead of proactively being a supportive mother; some fathers are chasing love and other addictions instead of allowing his children to experience what it feels like to have an active father in their lives. Other parents are interested in their children becoming professional athletes or becoming entertainers for the world to see; while secret societies are behind the scenes  afflicting our nation with religious wars, mind control programs, false statistics of progression, pollution, genetically modified foods, poverty, homelessness, mass incarceration, inequities in education, and digital destruction. This is why we must LOVE and EDUCATE ourselves and children more energetically!

The least and the most we can do is “wake up”! Try to HEAL and LOVE ourselves first! Next, we should not blame our painful pasts as a valid reason not to build loving relationships; nor blame our lack of education as a reason for not manifesting our dreams and sharing our wisdom with the world! We are so brilliant and RIGHTEOUS, Black Nation! We are mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, master teachers, architects, cooks, artists, writers, producers, directors, historians, entertainers, and entrepreneurs!

So while others choose to protests, some of us can help design the picket signs and flyers, write inspiring speeches, organize fund raisers, develop a strategic plan, teach civil literacy, or simply spend quality time with our children – our future leaders! Apply your talents and make a difference! You could even create art or make music in the name of FREEDOM and LOVE! We must not waste another day in sorrow, but build a lasting legacy for tomorrow!

Make sure you refuse to walk around sleeping unconscious with the enemy, but become conscious of the mystical events happening around you leading your spirit to a deeper meaning about life and your soul’s purpose. So together let’s SEEK and FIND out ways we can help change the signs of the time allowing nature to freely take its course. Allow Mother Nature to divinely intervene in order to rapture the pain, the fear, the hurt, bondage, guilt, and defeat we have experienced through family ties or our family’s lies. Allow the rapture of love to take over!

Remember, that no matter how much racism and capitalism try to break our family’s apart, divine love will remain in our hearts! To the spiritual leaders of this Godly race, please be still and listen to your intuition. Thus, it is written in the heart of Africa that we have an inheritance and a mission to claim!  We will have more African and African American world leaders, some of the poor will become wealthy and the powerless will become powerful! We will create RIGHTEOUS laws treating everyone with LOVE and FAIRNESS! When we decide to ascend as a black nation, the way we view life will not be the same. We will reconnect and return to our ancestral cultural traditions. We will experience miracles of peace, but there are some negative habits and thought patterns we must release! So allow the rapture of love to guide your spirit! Embrace the new, natural, divine, and unifying world order! Enjoy the wealth of yourself and create heaven on earth! Be illuminated and be blessed with spiritual enlightenment! Be  encouraged to study our ancient mysteries and make history! Ase’!

Sincerely,

Marian Moore

A Baltimore Native

Economizing Education Through Entrepreneurial Thinking

Globally Competitive Unit/Lesson Plan:

This sample education leadership unit and lesson plan was inspired by Marian S. Moore. She is a Business Education Consultant, Instructional Designer, and a Globally Competitive Coach at Compete With Purpose, LLC.

Focus:  “Economizing Education Through Entrepreneurial Thinking”

Objective: Students or Education Leaders will be able to analyze the critical areas that impact the school system’s balance sheet in order to develop a cost effective economic plan with innovative ways to implement an equitable annual budget.

21st Century Subjects, Themes, and Skills Applied

The book and informational text explored in this unit plan is, Good to Great, by Jim Collins which can be used to provide an interdisciplinary lesson. The following core subjects, themes, and skills are explored in this unit plan:

Core Subjects:

  • Mathematics – Financial and Statistical data are analyzed throughout the reading.
  • Social Studies/Economics – Corporate case studies and historical events are provided.
  • Science – Psychology of Business and Leadership are discussed. The information covered in this text is based on research.
  • English, Reading, and Language Arts – The use of analogies to describe career concepts or competitive characteristic traits are evaluated.

21st Century Themes:

Global Awareness, Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy, Civic Literacy, and Health Literacy

21st Century Skills:

Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Social and Cross-Cultural Skills, Productivity and Accountability, Leadership and Responsibility.

Common Core Standards That Will Be Met:

English Language Arts Standards: Reading Informational Text Grade 11-12; English Language Arts Standards: Writing – Grade 11-12; Speaking and Listening – Grade 11-12

Mathematics Standards: High School Statistics and Probability Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data ; Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions

Lesson Plan Motivation & Open Discussion:

School Systems Accounting Equation

Reflective Thinking: Think about scenarios in your life when you’ve lived paycheck to paycheck. Biweekly, we often spend money without paying attention to the details of our daily spending. Some of us over time, will apply for credit and ask our creditors to help us pay for our impulsive spending without analyzing the benefits or costs of each product or service. Additionally, we often spend based on our immediate “wants”, not prioritizing our financial needs into the equation.  Should we compare cost or demonstrate patience while determining what to purchase? Should we examine whether the latest trendy technology is worth buying, when there is a cheaper alternative that will provide us with the same advantages? Yes, I agree, we should consider the “opportunity cost” when making purchases personally and professionally!

So as education leaders, do we want our personal spending habits to carry over into our school system’s annual budgets? Do we want to manage the school system’s budget as if we are living paycheck to paycheck or by impulse? As education leaders,  can we come up with innovative ways to increase revenue for the school system that will help balance the school system’s budget increasing its net worth and financial stability? More importantly, I believe we should address the brutal facts associated with our liabilities in order to prevent biased financial decisions to impact the net worth or reputation of our school systems. Examples such as institutional racism which includes lack of equal employment opportunity or inequities in schools based on lack of equal access to resources should be factored into the equation because often education leaders’ resignations are due to these types of working conditions. Therefore, these examples I just shared with you demonstrate that education can be an expense, not an investment when political and racist decisions are being made by our education leaders as well as policy makers. Furthermore, I predict that these “Liberal” Liabilities will lead school systems toward a Doom Loop, a concept acknowledged by Jim Collins in his leadership book, “Good to Great”. To further inform you, I encourage you to read page 183 to analyze the scenarios of the Doom Loop and the Flywheel Effect in Leadership. After reading, please discuss and identify with others examples of your school system’s Doom Loop and Fly Wheel Effect. So I believe that as community members, we should try to continue the game plans that are working and help solve critical educational problems together as a team!

Introductory Lesson: Flywheel Effect vs. Doom Loop

Reading Informational Text: “Good to Great”: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other Don’t written by: Jim Collins.

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Explored: Assets, Liabilities, Owner’s Equity, Acquisitions, Permutations, Cumulative Value, Bankruptcy, NASDAQ, Operating and Capital Budgets

Leadership Concepts: Flywheel Effect, Doom Loop, Hedgehog Concept

Lesson Summary: After Education Leaders are fully engaged with the opening discussion about the accounting equation in small groups as well as an entire group, they will be encouraged to read an informational book about leadership. This opening activity will create an opportunity for participants to make academic and professional connections with not only the financial accounting equation, but new leadership concepts, such as the Flywheel Effect and the Doom Loop. Students are encouraged to choose any team concept such as a marriage, family, sports team, executive team, club, business partnership, or leading an organization as a personalized model in order to scaffold into their group discussions.The leadership scenarios that support the Flywheel and the Doom Loop are described on page 183. Each scenario listed could either positively or negatively impact the school system’s annual budget and overall organization effectiveness. Therefore, this will give students and education leaders an opportunity to make an academic connection with their school system in a new and meaningful way.

Instructions: Students or Education Leaders will read in groups, “Chapter 8: The Flywheel Effect and the Doom Loop”. Students or Education Leaders are encouraged to highlight, take notes, and write down questions or concerns, throughout the reading. After completing the chapter, students will discuss in groups the topics that were covered in chapter 8. Then they will create a graphic organizer on their papers or device to further discuss the chart on 183 by providing educational or professional examples that relates to each concept. This outline or graphic organizer will be  used as the foundation for the unit plan, which will help students and education leaders with their final performance assessment.

Performance Assessment Introduction

Application Project:  Before we work in teams,  Students and education leaders should be encouraged you to read the following passage for homework about “Knowing and Understanding Your Role as a Team Member”. This topic will be discussed in the beginning of the next class. The facilitator should encourage students and education leaders to use a historic sporting event, such as a March Madness game or even a little league game, to support my personal narrative entitled “Know and Understand Your Role as a Team Member.pdf”:

This globally competitive passage I decided to write will provide the facilitator with an analogy to promote dialogue with students and leaders in order to prepare them to collaborate on a challenging real-world application project. As a globally competitive coach, it is important to address team issues beforehand to encourage sportsmanlike conduct before, during, and after team projects.

Performance Assessment

Throughout the unit, students and education leaders will use their information, media, and technology skills to gain more knowledge and resources to expand their educational experience.

For example:

1. Jim Collins Flywheel Effect and Doom Loop

Article: How To Go From a Good to Great Team

Video: Flywheel and the Doom Loop

2. The Accounting Equation Resources

Article: Accounting Basics: Financial Statements

Video: An Introduction to the Balance Sheet?

3. The Difference Between an Operating and Capital Budget

Article: Differences and Similarities of Capital and Operational Budget

Video: Types of Planning: Strategic, Tactical, Operational and Contingency Planning

Note: Allowing students to engage in watching educational videos motivates self direction because some students will seek additional videos or articles that are helpful for their project in order to become more of an expert on the subject matter.

Application Project: “When the Classroom Meets the Real World”

School Systems Accounting Equation

Creative and Critical Thinking: View the Accounting Equation illustration once again and read the summary below that includes open ended questions in order to devise an economic plan that would address the costs and benefits of annual spending for your local school system.

“Now in a community, people invest in the education system each year by paying taxes. This is very similar to shareholders or stockholders who invest in a public company. Our local board of education, like the board of directors of a company, makes policies and decisions that impact the well-being of our citizens and the productivity of our communities. Therefore, if we are pooling our money into an education fund like investors pool their money into a mutual fund or a particular stock, then the economic benefits depend on the investor’s participation.

If your voice isn’t heard, then your child’s voice isn’t heard. If your child’s teacher voice isn’t heard, then your child’s education advocate has no power in the school system’s decision making process. Therefore, we, as a community, should become more involved in the budgeting process of our local school system. Our children, neighbors, family’s futures, local economies, or the safety of our neighborhoods are impacted by something as simple as an annual proposed budget. So with that said, I encourage you to get involved in analyzing your local school system’s expenditures.

Maybe after reading your school system’s budget, you will determine perhaps that your local superintendent’s budget team should provide the community with more information that support each expenditure or provide financial ratios that shows how the investment of technology affects costs such as summer schooling. You may notice a trend in summer schooling cost reduction due to technology investments, which will create more opportunities for money to be reallocated for more engaging projects during the normal school year. It is important that you keep track of trends like this so you can suggest where the school system’s funds should be redirected.

In addition, be fearless and ask your school system to become transparent about employee turnovers and provide financial ratios due to job dissatisfaction or even discrimination. Maybe the department of human resources should provide more quantitative and qualitative data that provides a cost and benefits analysis related to employee turnover as it relates to equity, the department leadership in which the employee resigned, or the way in which administrators evaluate their employees. We all know that a healthy employee yields a healthy organization. So students as well as employees who are directly affected by leadership can be a cost or a benefit to the organization. Therefore, the community has the right know how our school leaders are impacting the school system’s annual budget, along with their employees and student’s well-being.

More importantly, if the public becomes more active and views its local school system’s budget online, they will see a visual representation of how their tax contributions are being allocated. After viewing the itemized spending, I am sure, the community would like to provide input and suggest some simple solutions. This is the overall purpose for this unit and lesson plan. Therefore, instead of privately complaining to each another about teachers, the quality of education, or even the cafeteria food, I urge you to become public local leaders, change agents, and more involved in the decision making process by speaking up about your local school system’s financial activities.”

Now it’s time to take care of some business! So can you collaborate with others and develop an economic plan that will decrease the funding amount requested from the local, state, and federal government annually? How can we increase funding in the private sector to leverage out the costs invested by the government? How can you devise a plan that economically stimulates the school system’s financial stability?  Use your local school system’s FY Annual Budget plan for your reference and model for your economic plan. In addition, ask yourself: “Is my local school system developing solid economic systems generating more global business partnerships and recurring revenue in order to fund academic initiatives appropriately?

Here is financial planning source that shows how the personal financial decision making process can be used for personal and corporate finance. Our students can use this 6 step process in a business education class as well as our education leaders when preparing for an operations and capital budget.

Source: The Financial Planning Process

Additional Academic Challenges for the Unit:

1. Corporate Reports: Students can further research the companies mentioned in the Good to Great book by examining the annual reports for each company. Some of the companies mentioned in “Good to Great” were: Abbott, Circuit City, Fannie Mae, Kimberly-Clark, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo. This particular activity would allow students as well as education leaders to play the exact same role that Jim Collins and his team of researchers did by analyzing the good and great companies featured in his book. Perhaps during this corporate research activity, the achievements, challenges, and future plans explained in the annual reports of U.S. companies could help students to evaluate the fiscal budget of their school system better. I believe this project is a great opportunity for Common Core to be executed by students as well as education leaders making sure their financial and management decisions are aligned with globally competitive corporations.

2. Hedgehog Concept Public Speech:  Read Chapter 5: The Hedgehog Concept. Next, create with your leadership team a simple concept in three circles that will change your school system from “Good to Great”. The Hedgehog concept includes the following three questions: (1.) What are you deeply passionate about? (2.) What you can be the best in the world at? (3.) What drives your economic engine? Then, compose a 3 minute public speech pitching your team’s “Hedgehog Concept” to your local board of education. Remember to keep it short and concise!

3. Avatar Leadership Style: Read Chapter 2: Level 5 Leadership. This will be your opportunity to customize a leader digitally! Use character traits of several leaders that you admire or traits you believe would make a great leader in order to digitally personalize your ideal leader. Think about the type of leader you aspire to be and create an Avatar. You may use www.voki.com or any other technology tools to personalize an Avatar that meets your expectations. Use an audio media program to recite the characteristics of an effective leader. Then upload the file to the online Avatar program. You also have the option to create a video presentation and give yourself a leadership fashion makeover while providing to your audience a description of an effective leader.

Conclusion:

Now that we have adopted the Common Core standards, it is time to devise a complementary fiscal plan that includes a balanced investment between the public and private sectors. Currently, I am working on an economic plan for the education system that will create an ongoing partner network of support from stakeholders input that will empower our global society’s output. The overall objective of this unit and lesson plan is to encourage students and education leaders to not allow discriminatory and political decisions negatively affect our education system’s annual budget. This will inspire all school systems nationwide to help shift from “good and great” so that our future workforce will be prepared for their colleges and careers.

In conclusion, I’ve applied real world lessons similar to this in my high school classroom. My business students researched public corporations and even analyzed federal spending, which had given them a competitive college and corporate advantage. As an education leader, I believe relevant lessons like this will have a progressive impact on our society if we promote as well as integrate financial economics in our monthly communication with our students as well as community.

© 2015, Marian S. Moore, All Rights Reserved

My name is Marian Moore and I discuss topics like this in my eBook, “Can I Inspire You With My Imagination?“. Thank you, in advance, for reading and I look forward to establishing global partnerships in education in the near future! Take care!

Sources:

Collins, J. C. (2001). Good to great: Why some companies make the leap–and others don’t. New York, NY: HarperBusiness.

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This Letter is History: To Celebrate or Liberate a Woman

 Updated February 28, 2016Globally Competitive Woman Intro(7)

Dear Wise Men,

I appreciate your existence and it feels great to know that you can assist with celebrating or liberating women; For the grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, boyfriends, and husbands who love, respect, and protect all women, thank you so much for your efforts! For those men who help raise children and take time to mentor them, please keep up the great work! Furthermore, I am truly grateful for men, who help fix what is broken, assemble what needs to be put together, clean up messes, or help carry the heavy loads for women and children! I Honor You! I value your time given to us! More importantly, to the spiritually and emotionally connected men who keep us grounded and balanced with words of Godly wisdom, may you and your lives be blessed with abundance! You are beautiful souls!

But there are a few concerns I have to share with some men across the world because now is the time to make some radical changes. We are currently living in a global and domestic war zone. So right now I do not feel at peace without sharing this candid message with you to remind you that “all” women should be celebrated or liberated more often and willingly. Women need love and attention, just like you – and I want to come to a fair consensus with you all! So please listen to my authentic thoughts:

As a woman, I often wonder if I want to be celebrated or simply liberated; As an appealing woman, I can be celebrated while simultaneously be denigrated; As a powerful woman, I can be given the right to be totally liberated yet feel segregated; As a woman without power, I can feel hated or eliminated. So can I be treated like or feel like an equal when compared to a man without a debate? Can I advance to the top or score a basket without doing a figure eight? Can I feel respected by men for my contributions to humanity? And when I demand respect, can my critics not interpret my words as being arrogant or judging my emotions as insanity?

I’m not asking you to be vindictive towards me, non-responsive, or treat me like I am out of my league. Nor do I want you to ignore my game, defame my name, or acknowledged by you as a woman who needs to be tamed. Celebrate me by liberating me, not competing with me or providing for me materialistically! You cannot buy my love, but I would love for you to buy into my mentality. Maybe you should try to think like a woman – tap into your feminine side; Be vulnerable and allow me to be your spiritual guide. Love me with loyalty; Be gentle and make sure that you reflect what you desire from me – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Don’t misuse me sexually or abuse me verbally in order to support your insecurities or inferiority;  Please note, I don’t need you to surrender and try to remedy my pain by marrying me because we cannot cover our complex issues up with a prenupt. It is important for you to know that I don’t want to give up my total freedom or be too subservient. However, I love to give and I’m down to earth, but I also know my worth. So I want to rise up and collaborate and if my game is taking me to a higher level, I don’t want us to split up, but continue to team up or when the game gets challenging, I don’t want us to give up on each other, but build up one another. I don’t want to compete against you but compete with you!

Sometimes as women we may push you away, knowing in our hearts that we need you to stay – active in our lives and our children lives even if you feel like you are not good enough or when times get rough; Also, when you feel defeated, we know your value and realize that there is a prize that lies within you! It is vital as Queens to humble ourselves to this truth instead of being aloof; However, I am woman enough to say, “I am not all that my child needs”; I will say it again – I am woman enough to say, “I am not all that my child needs.” I know it takes both genders to help our children succeed. I believe men just have to stop running from or getting offended about the truth. Take it like a man, like we take it like a woman and let’s change our traditional point of views – letting go of the status quo; letting go of our egos! Allow our visions and dreams to reach new heights because you know we cannot elevate by constantly having “battle of the sexes” fights.

So let me share with you why it is urgent that we should unite and stand up for what is right. There are often too many women – grandmothers, wives, aunts, or mothers – who feel frustrated and angry because they sacrifice so much without receiving compassion from others. If she’s irresponsible or exhausted from raising a child, she’s committing a crime – Yet men often get away for being absent and irresponsible all the time.

For example, a man can be a father at his own convenience and finds comfort in knowing the mother will take care of his child or children. A husband can get upset and leave his wife with his children carelessly, sometimes use his career as a reason to be free from household responsibilities. An unmarried father can pretty much hide and figure out ways to express why he can’t provide. Consequently, women, wives, and mother figures play both parenting roles – at times putting their dreams on hold. When her circumstances are causing her a lot of stress, others may laugh and talk about her behind her back even when they see her trying to do her best. Yes, the woman who gives birth and sometimes loses her identity in order to be a “good mommy” or “supportive wife” – tries to remain balanced in order to maintain an abundant life.

She occasionally suffers silently because she cannot be spontaneous unless she has family, friends, or even her own children to help her order her steps. This woman is always trying to make a way out of no way by magically turning dark nights into brighter days. Although it’s hard to put or place herself first because while giving her best, she is sometimes treated the worst. Is this the reward she gets for her dedication and stewardship? I can guarantee you that this is not what She was seeking in a relationship. Sometimes She feels like She can’t win this political game yet you depend on her sacrificial leadership. Moreover, this champion of a woman is often leading the race, yet feeling like she is in last place in this globally competitive race. She even smiles and compete with a winning attitude, when those who are competing against her – are cheating her or forcing her to be subdued.

Now please do not misinterpret my expression as dishonoring or blaming men, who often have the flexibility to do what he wants, how he wants, and when  –  because of his role in his family or society. In fact, I support men and I write this message in order for us to acknowledge our truths, disappointments, and faults in order to support our equally created male counterparts.

However, as a woman, I believe that my dreams matter, my life matters, and my role is not to always to serve you with a platter. Although, I love to serve and it’s truly in my nature; I will serve you to a degree, but I need a major – So I can live my life’s purpose and be viewed by the world – for more than the curves that outline my surface.

I deeply desire for you to listen and consider my inner wisdom so we can both succeed –  Honoring both of our essential and evolving needs. So for what reasons can we celebrate women? Does she have to endure a traumatic experience for you to celebrate her? Do you celebrate her because of the many sacrifices she makes in order for you to be happy? Do you celebrate her because when you feel weak, she makes you feel strong? Do you celebrate her because she is right most of the time and you’re mainly wrong? (Just Joking, My Kings – Your Highness)

Do we celebrate her because she demonstrated her strength when she was mistreated – or the fact that she stood up to you because your competitive desires caused her to feel defeated. Sometimes it seems like we celebrate a woman for what she has overcome instead of celebrating her because She is a woman – not a weaker vessel or the half of your whole; Just someone for you to unconditionally love and to honor her soul.

It’s great to be celebrated, but we desire to be liberated and freed from the boundaries you set or your lustful love limitations. Today’s women globally are ready to get more involved in leading and shaping this nation. In fact, there was an important time in ancient history when women were honored as deities in the community – valued and praised for being spiritually wise and looked upon as a political prize. Even when she was feisty and dogmatic, she did not have to apologize for how passionate she was about life and how she wanted to serve. She was honored globally with the respect she deserved. She was known for fighting for love, respect, and unity; battling the enemy for her king, children, and the empowerment of Her society. More importantly, just the fact that she had the power to create life was a miraculous mystery. Even strong majestic men admired her powerful alchemy and she thoroughly enjoyed and adored their chivalry.

So what happened over time? Did mankind keep his ego, forgetting his humility? – with social influences conquering Her power, disrupting Her tranquility. Is She now at peace when we celebrate Her while She is constantly trying to break barriers, often feeling doomed? Does She feel like royalty or entrapped by society rules – when you often hinder her progress by waning her moon? She would much rather shine her light on the darkness we often bring toward one another or radiate rainbows of universal color – highlighting and complimenting each other.

However, we celebrate the centuries that she has endured in this world of MANipulation; Cheering as her royal rights were seized by war and defeated by his competition. She lost her rights because he did not want to be wrong. She became the weaker link because he wanted to be in the record books as the one who was strong. The more he wanted to be God, the less significant was Her position. Well, I believe now he should assist Her with becoming “more” respected as his new life’s mission.

So do we celebrate milestone events of the past out of guilt and for our lack of compassion?

As of late, we often hope that the Civil Rights Movement and Selma bridge the equality gap. We encourage women leaders to right wrongs when she often leads from the back. We’ve been chanting: “Black Lives and All Lives Matter, Yes Wives and Battered Girlfriends Matter”. So let’s continue to rebuild our nations with equal opportunities instead of being influenced by some of the biased media chatter; Allow our words to be actions or demand people in power to be accountable for their unjust reactions.

Let’s not forget, while we are on this movement, not to continue to kill or sabotage her children’s future so she can live a life without anxiety because She’d rather feel content knowing her children can safely contribute to society. In some countries, She can populate, but not participate. Some villages rather that She not have a voice, a vote, an education, or victory. Is this the way we want our society to dominate democracy? The media speaks out about her courage, strength, and her strides to make an upward bound, but lawmakers are shutting down the government when She stands her ground. Every political debate is based on control, territory, and money, but when She tries to intervene, others may judge her prolific thoughts as funny. So what about the serious topics such as celebrating her health and wealth. Maybe less gossiping or discouraging her when she stands up for herself.

The Great Mother, Wife, Sister, and Daughter – should be loved and respected. Her needs should not be ignored and her human rights should be eagerly protected. Do not compete and leave her behind; Respect her as an equal and allow her to shine;. Walk side by side with her until she can confidently lead the way. Watch her from the back ensuring nothing or no one gets in the way. Love her by empowering her to do her best. Revere her as a Queen; plan for her success. Protect her dreams, comfort her with your affection. Help her proudly with the heavy weight that she hauls; Carry her over life’s puddles and pick her up when she falls; Mentor and watch over her children – do not treat her sons and daughters as if they are bandits. Don’t forget to make sure you make her laugh until she can’t stand it! Then, at the end of the day, she should fall to her bed at night not feeling exhausted from what you didn’t do, but satisfied with how you treated her by standing up for her right – to experience being accomplished, a goal she often pursues!

Sincerely,

Marian Serena                                                                                                                                    Compete With Purpose, LLC

Copyright © 2015 All Rights Reserved, Marian S. Moore

HAPPY WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH!

Globally Competitive Woman Conclusion(7)

Wishing my global girlfriends a lifelong experience of liberation – Loving who you are as a daily celebration! Continue to journal your mental and emotional journey – writing your life’s story into history! Your thoughts, your voices, and your efforts matter! Thank you for all that you’ve done and will continue to do. May all of your hopes, aspirations, and dreams come true!

Flip the Script on Racism : How Does It Feels When The Joke Is On You?

In case you did not know, “racism” is unconstitutional but currently many racist people are not being accountable for their unlawful actions. So let’s imagine a world where people were actually responsible for their racist decisions. (Updated June 5, 2016)

What if a person commits an act of racism and it automatically reduces his or her credit score by 200 points? If you thought that was a heavy hitter, envision after you’ve made a racist remark, immediately receiving a $500 citation. Oh, and if a person’s racist remarks happened on multiple occasions at the workplace, the repetitious racist’s wages would be garnished for an entire year!

Now for all you Education Reformers out there, what if your local board of education created an equity policy, giving a fine for those of you who commit a racist act towards a child! Yup….those funds in your Summer or Christmas Savings account is going straight to the kid that you racially intimidated or mistreated! That’s right, direct deposit, Baby!

So try being racist after we’ve had a major criminal justice reform in the next decade! Trust me! I guarantee you that we will have more African-American lawyers, legal literate citizens, and diverse political players by the year 2030 to ensure justice for all!

Furthermore, what if someone reports job discrimination and the prejudice employees who denied a qualified candidate due to race would actually be sentenced to jail? Then, after being released from jail, the racist “Human Resources” felon could hardly find employment or get a school loan to prepare for new job opportunities. That’s right, institutional racism will no longer exist and racist individuals are not welcomed to work for our newly improved affirmatively active institutions unless they are willing to pay the cost! Therefore, “prejudice people”, you better think about your every move because it’s going to be some overworked black women and underpaid black men waiting for you to say or do something racist so they can file a claim! Now, say something!

Just because you are mistreating African-Americans at an alarming rate doesn’t mean we will continue to be defeated because my ancestors created the human race! Thus, I guarantee we, the human race, will change the game by learning the law and supporting each other to become more business savvy instead of trying to get TV time or acceptance from people who do not care whether we live or die! Soon, instead of protesting, we will be progressing because we are going to put in the work, strategize, help ourselves, and do for ourselves!  Some people may call this black segregation, but it’s called rebuilding a nation and restoring our African legacy!

Now just when you thought being a racist was awful enough, did I mention that there are legal discussions about getting points added to your driver’s license and increasing your car insurance premiums if you commit a racist crime because the community would rather not have prejudice people driving around with harmful attitudes towards citizens of different cultures? You know racism is starting to “drive people crazy” and we cannot have people cruising our streets with DUI’s: Driving Under the Influence of Racism. “Oh No, Not in my Neighborhood!”

By the way, some urban lobbyists are arguing that if you are a repeat racist offender while driving, your car would be repossessed and if it’s paid for, the ownership would be legally transferred to the victim of your hate crime. In fact, a legislator told me yesterday that they may call this law, “Thanks for the New Whip Act” or “You’ve Just Got Carjacked Act” – a little play on words to explain “reverse racism” in a culturally sensitive or insensitive way. It all depends on how you choose to receive this information.

Also, I hear Congress is planning on making some critical moves behind the scenes in the next 5 years so be prepared to hear lots of sirens!”

As a result of our policymakers’ dedication to reform the criminal justice system, racist people will be pulled over more frequently with the government’s effort to hire more Black and Hispanic people as nontraditional policemen and women. Yes, brothers and sisters, the block will be hot after this law is enforced. My only fear is that this initiative may cause a lot of confusion on the road and traffic jams on the streets because there may be so many African-American or Hispanic police pulling over other police who are racial profiling. Ironically, this policing program will help prevent a lot of senseless killings and arrests by training a nontraditional police force to “police the police”. What do you think? Is it worth the investment? Now wait a minute, before you lose your religion, I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to hire a nontraditional police force than having current police killing innocent people and paying their families’ millions of dollars in reparations each year!

Moving on to other biased headlines – Imagine if every racist is required to confess to the world that they are racist and publicly apologize to his or her victims on our local and national news. We all know our taxpayers do not want to give racists a second chance because they are poor role models for our community so it must be broadcasted! Therefore, the goal is to continue to oppress these inconsiderate individuals, through the mainstream media. Just think about the racist felon who may decide to relocate and start a new life after serving his or her time in prison, but the local and national news stations aggressively showcase their jail profile pictures – looping them every thirty minutes. Not to mention being acknowledged by our government leaders and news reporters as “Thugs” or “Corporate Criminals”.

“Is that how we are supposed to love and judge our neighbors?”

Seriously though, would anyone want their family member or friend to experience this type of “prejudice public embarrassment” on the daily news, internet, or in the local newspaper regarding racism? Obviously, there are a group of powerful people who are quite entertained over the defeat and powerlessness of other races; just the act of writing this racist news to you is overwhelming for me and no one gave me a race card to play with; I’m just playing the hand that I was dealt in this political game. More importantly, anyone who mentions the race card regarding this blog has the equal opportunity to change how you deal or cut your cards – using your political privilege to create choas in our communities while broadcasting your biased view of who we are as an African American race.

So maybe collectively, we should change the ratings of some of these “networks who do not support our net worth” as human beings! Just envision the FCC fining all television networks that frequently promote violence toward black people or strategically edit their programs to showcase the negative behavior of black people after being antagonized or retaliated against. I believe as a nation, we should team up and not watch television stations or programs that do not follow the script to support, love, and respect all people! Ok, changing channels……

In the business news, we’ve heard on Wall Street that soon national banks and other financial institutions will have a bang for the American people’s buck!”

Check this out: In order to reduce the national debt, extreme racists will no longer have access to credit or the privilege of buying a home due to their lack of character and capacity to love. This concept may actually assist racists with raising their credit scores overtime if they manage their cash budget well. So being racist does have its benefits if you play by the rules and throw that “race card” away. Unless, racist people fall into this “Tubman Trap”: See lawmakers are, also, working on not allowing extreme racists to have the privilege of having bank accounts after achieving a certain amount of offenses. If they continue to execute their racial crimes, these “culturally challenged people” would no longer have access to their bank funds. In turn, they would have to transfer their funds to their victim’s bank accounts as a form of reparations. It’s almost like investing in the worth of someone valuable or paying it forward to a family who you’ve  racially intimidated, discriminated, or retaliated against. So this fiscal policy is probably going to be called Transfer the Tubmans Act or The Underground Railroad to Financial Freedom Act. It’s still under deliberation – so what would you name this fiscal policy?

Speaking of the money market, a savvy businesswoman told me at a networking event the other day that there are some big time investors who are developing a stock market index that would capitalize on the amount of racist people who are going to be incarcerated or penalized and the industries who would profit from it. Sounds like Dow Jones will be up and in the green until racism is off the market! I bet stock brokers are definitely banking on this speculative trend believing this would indeed be a long-term investment for the buyer’s market. Now personally, I would like to sell those stocks short because I wouldn’t want to build my wealth on hate and greed. That’s not the African way and it should not be the American way to do business! Building a wealthy nation full of opportunity and prosperity for everyone is what I envision.

Ok, so here’s the segregation segment that may really connect to your heart if you are able to connect the dots.”

Unfortunately, I have to announce to the world that a Congressman told me that by the year 202o, when a person has been identified as a racist, he or she would have to put a permanent black dot on his or her forehead – sort of like a scarlet letter to alienate racist people from the kindhearted people of society. Sadly, these individuals with black dots on their foreheads will walk around with people staring at them with hatred in their eyes, talking about them behind their backs, maybe even laughing at them because they have multiple dots on their forehead. So for once “radical racists” would finally know how it feels to be different or to be an easy target for mistreatment.

For those of you that made it this far reading my blog, I just want to say that it’s extremely excruciating to broadcast that the loving people of society may look at the “black dot people” (BDP) and panic for their lives or their family’s safety. Therefore, I shared this long and dramatic interpretation of racism in order to ask the world, “Who really wants to live in this type of racial political chaos? Who wants to live in a war zone led by white supremacy? Who deserves this type of racial treatment or limited lifestyle? Lastly, why is it such a threat to give “all people an equal opportunity” for living their God-given purpose or mission in life??”

Just conceptualize a world without racism and the positive effect that it would have on society, globally. However, until everyone is accountable for their racists’ actions and reactions, the news reports will remain the same and people will continue to live in anger, fear, as well as, oppression!

I remember my mother telling me that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “You cannot legislate love”, which is a profound statement and makes me further question the legislation of hate that my ancestors endured in America. So if we enforced the law which states that, “Racism is unconstitutional”, would the loss of privilege influence racist people to love and respect other races? Now that is the type of reverse racism, I would love to vote for!

“We all know that we were not born racist and obviously racism is taught. So what is the solution to racism in our personal and professional relationships?”

Maybe business leaders should treat their employees as if their employees’ may be their future bosses or future references; Perhaps, citizens should treat their neighbors and perfect strangers as extended family; Maybe parents or guardians should treat their children the way the would like to be treated when they are elderly – with care, understanding, and time; Also, when you make judgments about a person, make sure it’s not to promote their problems, misfortune, or lack of support; but to seek out their potential or to help them discover their purpose. For, you never know if that person, who you are negatively judging, will have to judge you or make a decision for you and your family outcomes in the future. Therefore, this is what “we all can do” within our families, neighborhoods, and communities to gradually erase the imprint of racism and unfair competition that have made the progress of our human race so stagnant.

Well, I hope my blog wasn’t too racy. However, I would like to boldly state that:

“The Life of a Black Person is No Joke!”

So if some of my jokes are not funny to you because they are about you or your behavior; then, NOW is the time for you to change how you write your personal and political script. Thank you for your efforts!

In conclusion, I truly believe that education has the potential to be our country’s new “Economic Stimulus Package”, but Education Leaders have to respectfully receive the truth about racism within the school system. In fact, it doesn’t take a person with a lot of credentials to make progressive changes in education so maybe the school system should lower their educational standards and create new pathways for their communities to help meet the needs of our children’s future. It’s more productive and less expensive to work as a team than it is to treat each other as opponents!

So stay tuned for a legislation that I’ve been working on that will have a profound effect on the institutional racism that exists within the school system. I am so elated and grateful about the work, the potential partners, and supporters of my fiscal policy entitled, Equity Restitution Plan for School Systems Nationwide. I am ready to lobby and hold education leaders accountable for some of their unjust decisions towards African-American and low-income children so please check out my first draft!

 © 2015, Marian S. Moore, All Rights Reserved.

 Disclaimer: “No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying or any other electronic or mechanical methods without the prior permission of the publisher. For permission request, email the publisher Marian Moore at competewithpurpose@gmail.com.”

Equity Restitution Plan for School Systems Nationwide – Marian Moore, January 2015 – Public

Cited Sources in my Blog:

Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Web link was retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/aboutocr.html, where you can file a complaint about experiencing discrimination or retaliation based on your race, religion, age, or disability within the school system.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Web link was retrieved from https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/index.cfm, to inform the public about the types of discrimination employees may experience.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Web link was retrieved from https://www.eeoc.gov/employees/howtofile.cfm  to inform the public about how to file a discrimination claim.

Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com: Pietila, Antero. Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010. Print.

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy via Tariq Live YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsuCOvTOdj0

For additional information about Hidden Colors documentaries, visit http://hiddencolorsfilm.com/

Federal Communications Commission – Consumer Complaints https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us

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Boyce Watkins http://boycewatkins.com/

 

It’s Time to Accelerate in Education!

I am a grateful and fortunate former educator, who was exposed to the Framework of 21st Century Learning at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland! In fact, I helped managed a Business program that integrated Business Education and Information Technology (IT) for students in grades 9 through12. What an experience collaborating with some amazing students on innovative business lessons and IT based application projects!

In this blog I would like to share some of my thoughts on how students can apply 21st century skills during class and what my hopes are for our current students around the nation! I know that our new education reform, Common Core, has had mixed reviews. However, I support students being college and career ready which is the core objective of our new education reform. My main purpose in collaboration with our education reformers is to advocate for teachers and students in order to voice what I know can be effective for students based on my 7 years of teaching in a computer lab. My hope is to help assist Common Core and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills have a smooth transition for school systems nationwide. In fact, Common Core, PARCC, school officials, and other partners want to hear from us as parents, teachers, and students so we can take part in shaping our own communities by being active participants in developing our future workforce! Therefore, I would like to provide you with an overview of ways to empower our students to be globally competitive using the Framework of 21st Century Learning.

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Source: http://www.p21.org

I. LIFE & CAREER SKILLS

My Personal Reflection:

I believe the most lasting impact I made as an educator was assisting my students to become more organized and accountable for their own success using technology. Goal setting and being consistent with my lessons was a great model for them because they were able to develop academic discipline that could be beneficial for the workplace. I tried my best to create relevant academic connections with each unit by either using the internet to interact with real world websites that students would either use as future consumers, merchants, investors, or household managers. Therefore, my business students were constantly using 21st century skills such as:

  • Leadership and Responsibility – Working as interns or teacher assistants on projects that would help our school activities to be executed efficiently and effectively.
  • Initiative and Self-direction – Experiencing Webquest projects that would prepare them for independent research on the college and career level.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability – Quarter projects that include real world scenarios ranging from creating business plans to apps to solve problems relevant to individuals or businesses.
  • Social and Cross Cultural Skills – Experiencing innovative team projects that included diverse learners collaborating in order to achieve a common goal through video presentations, entertaining skits, news broadcasts, talk shows, or sales demonstrations.
  • Productivity and Accountability – Using a web management system such as Edline or PB Works increased productivity and positive outcomes for students’ academic performance with up to date grades as well as course material accessible 24-7 .

My Professional Projections:

Civic & Business Literacy for low and middle income students is vital for racial and social academic disparities in education. Therefore, increasing civil and business literacy will close the academic and career achievement gaps. I guarantee that it will reduce the amount of legal victimization cases as well as increase employability and financial literacy for society as a whole.

Target Goal 1: All students in grades 6-12 should be required to complete a series of Personal Law and Business Law courses. In fact, there should be an academic target for each grade. For example, grades 6 through 8 could focus on increasing reading comprehension skills through real world scenarios. This could be done by reading contracts or applications and reviewing technical writing in order to successfully purchase a brand new or used car using critical thinking skills.

Target Goal 2: All students should be required to take an Entrepreneurship course before graduating high school.

By eleventh grade, students should be challenged to enhance their creative and technical writing skills by developing a business plan. This real world project encompasses all of the academic skills learned in Kindergarten through tenth grade from Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, to Technology.

Target Goal 3: Execute learning opportunities for Financial Literacy that focus on planning for each phase of students’ middle to high school career by creating financial budgets for summer career camps, attending junior or senior prom, taking college courses, participating in academic competitions, and/or starting up a small business. Encourage students to be more involved in making responsible economic decisions with their birthday monetary gifts, allowances, or holiday funds! The overall objective for this life and career target is to have a financial literacy initiative for each grade level. For example, a required Principles of Insurance & Planning for Future Car Expenses unit for 9th and 10th graders, who are about to earn the privilege of driving.

II. 4 C’s: COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

 My Personal Reflection:

The 4 C’s encapsulates every skill that is needed to ensure our students will be an asset to any person, organization, or global community. Applying the 4C’s in my learning lab, I recall my students being project managers, accountants, teachers, event coordinators, editors, marketing managers, public speakers, computer technicians, programmers, consultants, entertainers, and entrepreneurs right before my eyes. We had a lot of memorable moments! That is what school is all about: Creating scenarios or situational events that will allow students to have on-the-job training and personal development while in school! Promoting leadership in creative ways for students to experience a task or a skill that they’ve never challenged themselves with before or giving them a chance to apply a skill they enjoy in order to influence them to make productive contributions to the class experience is definitely “21st century learning”! One thing I know for sure, a student will never forget a relevant or meaningful experience! As you can see, a teacher never forgets meaningful experiences either!

My Professional Projections:

Target Goal 1: Utilize the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative in new and meaningful ways that will support life as well as career skills. For example, support home economics in order to increase academic achievement for girls to be more interested in STEM careers or support their future responsibilities of managing a home. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary trades such as Culinary Arts, Fashion, Interior Decorating, Carpentry, Cosmetology, and Mechanics could be a great addition to classroom activities which directly connects with Science as well as Mathematics. Think about the academic connections you can make and the teachers or industry workers you could team up with to implement the 4 C’s in your classroom!

Target Goal 2: Create in-house jobs for students to explore all of their 21st century skills with the help of business partners. School internships or being an outsource for local companies is advantageous to our future business leaders. In fact, I’ve interacted with ninth graders who could have been an asset to a company based on their skill set. So as education leaders, we have to strategically plan for career opportunities for our students to work on their career portfolios as early as middle school to be used in the future when applying for college or employment.

III. INFORMATION, MEDIA, & TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

Business Education, Telecommunications, and Information Technology projects will progressively change the way we execute lessons in our classrooms. Yes, schools are literally incubators developing our students to be prepared for the Information, Media, and Technology Age! Since Information Technology (IT) is the core infrastructure of businesses and how businesses stay competitive across the world, it is imperative that we expose students to developing their marketable talents using Business Education, Telecommunications, and Information Technology as early as elementary education! In fact, computer programmers are in high demand as well as media and technological skills are needed at every level of employment. We know this because as professionals we constantly use technology to enter data, manage databases, schedule meetings, analyze data, present at meetings, communicate through social media, and to train employees using video instruction in order to increase production or profits. We, also, observe various professionals using technology from the medical field to operating a hair salon. It’s just the way we do business and students should be developing these marketable skills now so they can be independent adults and productive professionals!

Check out this video on YouTube via www.code.org:

My Personal Reflection:

Applying Information/Media/Technology skills were the norm at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Therefore, my business students experienced the advantage of being current with global events and capturing real time corporate data such as stock pricing, interest rates on current banking products, or even car and house loan pricing for budgeting projects. Furthermore, I executed a wide range of information, media, and technology application projects. For example, my students actively participated in stock market games, federal spending research projects, corporate research, business news reports, video interpretations of content, and learning games using web applications that supported financial, business, and entrepreneurship literacy. These variety of skills really allowed my students to experience virtual reality, providing a sneak preview of what it felt like to be an adult or professional!

My Professional Projections:

Target Goal 1: Provide students with opportunities to become Microsoft Office Certified in Information System Management programs and Information Technology web applications.

Every middle school infrastructure should have a Business Education and Information Technology model in order for students to become professionally certified or receive college credit for taking proficiency exams. I truly believe middle school students need initiatives like this in order for them to feel as sense of accomplishment and as a result influence them to further develop in whatever core subject or 21st century literacy area they personally connect with as a future career. Here are a few sources that will be helpful for the middle and high school grades:

Microsoft Office Certifications – Middle Students should be certified in at least Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook in order to have the effective skills to manage as well as operate a business.

Information Technology Certifications – High School Students should graduate with 1-2 programming languages so they will be able to become self-managers and diverse communicators when working on corporate projects.

Collegeboard’s CLEP Exams – High School Students can earn college credit and save money on college tuition as well as time sitting in a college course that may not be challenging to them, resulting in receiving a college degree faster.

Target Goal 2: Provide students with access to video editing and graphic design programs as well as media centers that will give them the technology tools they need to succeed as an entrepreneur or employee.

Performing and Visual Arts integrated with all content areas is a MUST! The Arts make learning so much more engaging and entertaining! Through telecommunication and video production, students can explore all aspects of the core subjects with a strong emphasis on reading, language arts, math, and science. When you instruct students to dive deeper with your content area encouraging them to plan, organize, and execute learning experiences by making connections to a variety of core subjects, you are assisting them with retaining empirical knowledge. Let’s use the 21st century learning core subjects for an example of how education leaders can make learning realistic, relevant, and right!

English, Reading or Language Arts – (1.)Writing commercial scripts for a local business new marketing campaign or (2.) Using social media and developing a video to produce a public service announcement about the latest school events.

Mathematics/Science – (1.) Producing an instructional video on how you can use algorithms in our daily lives or (2.) Learning computer programming techniques using Microsoft Excel or Access programs.

Economics – (1.) Creating a financial plan using Microsoft Excel and utilizing a scholarship app  to support students with their search for funding their college experience; also, (2.) Originating a video documentary of the cost and benefits of executing a new Civil Rights Movement.

Geography/History –  (1.) Developing a video game that allows you to plan for road trips across the United States in order to learn geographic terms and concepts or (2.) Producing annual plays about ancient African history and its cultural impact on every continent.

In closing, in order for all school systems to be globally competitive within the workforce, it should be required for students to be knowledgeable with using Microsoft Office applications, skilled with graphic designing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks, familiar with video editing software, and proficient in 1-2 computer programming languages such as Java and C++. So here are a few programs you should consider for your school’s technology plan:

11 Best Video Editing Software via http://www.mashable.com

Adobe for Students and Teachers

Microsoft Web Applications

Please take a few minutes and view this video, “Learning Code is the Best Thing You Can Do This Year” via Elite Daily

I encourage you to use the websites and videos in this blog to continue your journey making the necessary technological changes that will equip students for a successful life beyond the classroom! If you are interested in learning more about my professional workshop concepts that are included in this blog, please feel free to purchase my eBook, “Can I Inspire You With My Imagination?” to read a sample of what topics I could cover for your organization. Thank you and I hope that you are ready for this wonderful New Year, 2015! Great events are approaching for you and me! Happy New Year!!

What Makes “You” Endure?

I would describe endurance as stretching yourself as far as you can in order for everything that you’ve worked hard for to come back together again in harmony. Similar to when you stretch a rubber band and allow it to expand. When you stop stretching it, the rubber band is again at its normal state. It’s funny how everything comes together as if you were not stretched at all. However, if you stretch a rubber band too much, of course, it will break. As for spiritual people, we stretch ourselves daily and experience life at its breaking points, yet we still endure!

Endurance can, also, be compared to the term “elasticity” in economics defining how changes in supply and demand are relative to the pricing of goods and income of individuals.  Pricing of goods and services have shaped of our economy. For example, consumers compete with their peers and have stretched their pockets with expensive weddings, fancy cars, homes they may not can afford, the latest technologies and a celebrity-like wardrobe. Therefore, businesses are capitalizing on consumer’s emotional spending, giving some of them a false sense of purchasing power. On the other hand, as consumers we’ve even tricked businesses into thinking we can afford their goods and services which has affected their balance sheets. These examples are just a small fragment of what type of money manipulation strategies are used on a day-to-day basis by individuals and businesses that make it difficult for everyone to economically endure. For centuries, we’ve experienced inflation, deflation, economic booms, and watched economic bubbles burst. Individuals, businesses, and governments have endured recessions as well as depressions trying to achieve financial recovery along with economic prosperity. From pyramid schemes, predatory lending, embezzlement, debt ceilings, bankruptcy, economic wars, to colonizing central banking systems; we the human race, have fallen victim of the bulls and the bears of Wall Street, yet we still endure and want more!

Personally, we even can share a few stories about the relationships we’ve endured. For example, endurance can be a description of the patience that is applied while parenting when you allow your child chance after chance to follow your rules for success. Sometimes you may not see the results of your hard work as a parent immediately, but your endurance should give you some assurance that your child will become a responsible adult one day. We endure parenting obstacles just to witness our children become triumphant and productive citizens. Furthermore, relationships at home and work can take us to our peak or to an all time low, but for some reason we all decide everyday to get up and go – continuing to endure life’s journey!

Endurance can be applied to people, situations, and life events by experiencing a variety of personal and professional challenges. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in the past year or even the past hour? I have to be brutally honest, life challenges will make you want to give up, rethink your purpose, and walk away, right? Just think about how many people you wanted to give up on? How many circumstances you wanted to eliminate from your life? How many life events you wanted to quit because it seemed so unbearable? How many times you didn’t want to endure because you felt like you weren’t loved enough or treated fairly? Yes, we’ve all wanted to quit in the beginning, middle, or even when we were at the end of these situational events in our lives. However, commitment is the foundational factor that determines whether or not we will win each situation with endurance. Commitment will determine whether we are victims or victors of our daily challenges! Therefore, winning is not necessarily focused on coming in first, reaping rewards, or gaining recognition, but coming out of a situation better than you were at the beginning of the challenge. So what efforts are you making?

We can all agree that life can be extremely competitive so I wanted to share with you an excerpt from my workbook, “Can I Inspire You With My Imagination?”. This is the written conclusion from the first section entitled, The Human Race. Now this will be the last excerpt I will share publically because I have to leave some of the content in the book so you can support it. (smile)

“I believe the human race is all about everyone achieving together for one common purpose. However, the race, during our lifetime has become so materialistic, political, greedy, volatile, and immoral. Now based on my view of the human race and after watching the world around us, it appears that we are defeated on a global scale. It’s not easy hearing the truth about our current state, but the human race is at war spiritually, mentally, physically, fiscally, racially and socially. One simple word, “race”, represents multiple people that were originated by one power. If we were one race in the beginning of time, then why did we run away from our origin in the first place? I guess it’s the evil forces of being materialistic, political, greedy, volatile, and immoral. So how can we change the direction of the human race?

First, I would like to reflect on the human race by making a connection with running track and field. If you want to analyze the human race on a global scale, then let’s take our imaginations to the purpose of an Olympic runner. Typically, we have competitors running for different reasons. If I could put them in categories, some examples would be:

  • A few runners may be striving to come in first place,
  • Some are running just to make someone else happy,
  • Others are running to help their countries economy or reputation;
  • Believe it or not, there is one runner in the race who can actually win, but their purpose was to push others to do their best,
  • There is a runner, also, who is just content with running a faster time than his or her previous race. 

With that said, everyone has a different purpose and I hope that we all compete with purpose. However, we cannot run from the truth. The truth is that we are all on the same team. Team members compete, yet win when they collaborate. Team members succeed when the strong help the weak, when no one feels alone, and each individual is awakened by the powerful potential that is discovered during the human race. We all have what it takes to build an infrastructure that supports diverse learners, teachers, support staff, partners, and leaders. The education system needs this interdisciplinary approach that involves everyone’s input empowering and enlightening each other to exceed education’s traditional standardized competition. We must live on purpose, with a passion, which in turn, will provide education with a promising future!”

So I would like to conclude my blog with sharing 5 components that supports endurance, which happen to support education’s framework for 21st century skills. I believe each will help us all endure life’s challenges:

1. Commitment – Your commitment changes over time. You can be committed to yourself, a person, a cause, or a lifestyle. However, being committed to a service is extremely rewarding and it feels great to contribute to something that is greater than you! Here are a few questions about commitment: Are you committed to love because leading with compassion in your personal and professional life allows you to see others just as valuable as you? Are you committed to your health, family, community, economic empowerment, education, career, and the future generation? What ever category you choose to focus on, commitment helps you to endure because your efforts will not only assist your growth but others to improve along with you. Even if you do not feel up to it, a person who endures, will strive to stay connected to his or her goals, family, partners, employer, employees, clients, or community. So strive to be loyal!

2. Time – You have to be willing to put the time into personally and professionally developing. As a result, you will see yourself improve and become stronger based on the amount of hours you put into a particular task or cause. Therefore, sometimes you endure challenging times because you know that people are counting on you or people need you to be courageous on behalf of the community. So you begin to strategize with your time by maximizing it with exciting projects that keep you connected with your overall purpose. More importantly, not only is it productive to help others while being purposeful, but to make time for what is important to you personally so that you can be inspired everyday to stay on your path serving others during your life’s journey. Therefore, managing your time effectively helps you to endure because it develops your mental stability, discipline, strength, longevity, and creative spirit.

3. Adaptability – The first analogy that comes to mind about adaptability is how trees endure the changes of each season. Trees are the perfect example of endurance. They’ve endured countless years of rainy spring time weather, scorching summers, winter storms, and unexpected twisters. So if we individuals  take our minds off the seasons and focus on the outcome of our seasonal storms, we can welcome adversity more openly. Furthermore, if you observe trees, especially now during the fall, the most beautiful shades of success are on the leaves that endured the year. Simply put, when we endure the turbulent times that life presents to us, we have to stand firm like a tree and get to the root of the problem applying all that we’ve learned in order to survive life’s seasons. On a lighter note, after some of life’s extreme weather, just like the leaves in autumn, you may want to fall onto the ground and disappear during the winter. (laugh) However, adapting to changes is not the only option for endurance because you may want to consider creating seasons of your own. Just because it’s a cold winter or someone is treating you cold doesn’t mean you cannot bring the heat when it is necessary or demonstrate a warm and compassionate attitude when trying to adapt to people’s seasonable behavior. Lastly, adaptability helps with endurance because it allows you to become flexible to any situation, circumstances, or relationships. Sounds like a breeze, huh? (laugh again)

4. Relationships – There is a common saying that you can get far by yourself, but further with people supporting you along the way. A “supporting cast” who are willing to help you adapt to change and willing to take the time to assist you with what you are committed to accomplishing is the best feeling in the world. Sometimes you do not have to ask and people who believe in your vision or mission just fall into place just when you need them to. Thus, understanding that you cannot accomplish every goal by yourself is the humbling attitude which will allow you to achieve more than you could have imagine when your goal was just a bright idea. A relationship with an accountability partner or partners for each unique goal you have personally or professionally definitely helps with endurance and allows you to have longevity in the game of life! So with that said, everyone needs some relations every now and then. (look serious, now laugh out loud)

5. Self-Direction – Spending time with yourself, setting goals and mapping out the outcomes of each is necessary for enduring life. There are so many obstacles as well as adversity waiting to test you so if you do not have self-direction, you will have difficulty dealing with life’s challenges. Therefore, time in solitude – thinking, meditating, and envisioning what it is you want to accomplish is definitely necessary for ordering your steps. Even when you are in the midst of a problem or problems, solitude will give your inner voice a chance to encourage you to get to the finish line or create a new lane that will lead you to unexpected winning opportunities. So you may have to start off with small steps, experience several trials and errors, but your determination will cause you to stay on path towards your final destination. Thus, self-direction helps with your endurance when you are the only person that is left to ensure your life’s strategy is being carried out. So stay motivated and keep your eyes on the prize!

In closing, when you accomplish a goal, endurance calls you to continue to create new opportunities for yourself in order to become a stronger, wiser, more courageous, and a more successful person. It takes practice, perseverance, patience, passion, purpose, and inner peace to endure life’s journey! You have to push yourself even when your mind, body, and emotions are totally exhausted! Yes, my competitors, when you are experiencing the blood, sweat, tears, and fears; it is the spirit of endurance and the power of love that keeps you going!

So what makes you want get up and go? Is there something you are so passionate about that you are willing to commit to it for life through the peaks and valleys? Is there someone or something that is so inspiring that it will keep your thoughts racing throughout the day and your body moving from one task to another to accomplish your goals? What personal cause makes you want to get up and reach out to others each day spreading your winning spirit? What makes you want to initiate or become a part of a movement? There are several personal projects and social causes we can participate in for our own personal development. Now is the time to strategize how you want to build your lasting legacy. So I encourage you to go after your goals with commitment, time management, adaptability, solid relationships, and self-direction because the world needs your endurance!

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