Author: Bianca Larkin

Bianca Larkin is 2013 Vanderbilt graduate with an M.Ed in learning, diversity, and urban studies. Before returning to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, she taught in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Bianca has also worked in schools as a literacy interventionist, English language teacher, and translator for families new to the Nashville area. Presently, Bianca is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher. Bianca is charged to be a part of a collective educational initiative to close the opportunity gap for children and families of color and low income students.

The need for more high-quality elementary schools

Today, a conversation with my coworker reminded me of a fundamental flaw in our academic goals for students. While sharing the award winning documentary Waiting for Superman with my students, I noticed their general lack of internalization of the message. The documentary seeks to communicate that there are structural flaws in education due to many competing variables. The film articulates…

History in the Making

Since I was in school we have learned about the same Black history heroes every year during Black History Month: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman, Malcolm X, George Washington Carver, W.E.B. DuBois, Sojourner Truth. These heroes and heroines helped shape the world today and can never be forgotten as integral components of American heritage, culture, and history,…

Teachers: You are someone’s hero

I hope you look at your student, frantic with explanations and remember, you are someone’s hero.   It is that time of year again. The black hole between winter and spring break. The ominous vortex of half read emails, after school meetings that seem to last decades, and Murphy’s law awakening from his winter long hibernation with a vengeance.  …

But, what can I do at home?

Throughout my years of teaching, I have had the privilege of working with many different populations of students with varying backgrounds and academic levels. I have conducted countless parent meetings about grades, opportunities, and plans for their child’s academic future, and I find that parents and guardians always have the same question. What can I do for my child, at…