Whispers of Hope

The Story of My Life
 
 
Bertie Simmons (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 2. November 2019
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  • 358 Seiten
 
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Whispers of Hope, The Story of My Life, is a compelling narrative detailing the life of a young girl born in the deep south during the Jim Crow era. Her tale includes her realization that to make a better life for herself and others, she must run away from the struggles of her young life and go headlong into a world about which she knows nothing.

Bertie Simmons eventually finds her way to Houston where she serves successfully for 58 years in many leadership positions within a large urban school district. Her career included experiences as a teacher, elementary school principal, assistant superintendent, district superintendent, and high school principal. Whispers of Hope allows the reader to witness the painfully slow process of integration and introduces the heroes who demonstrated the courage to fight for equity in education.

Bertie Simmons' journey includes numerous awards and recognitions such as being named HEB's Best High School Principal in Texas award in 2011 and KHOU's Spirit of Texas award. In addition, Furr was one of only three schools in the nation identified for the College Board Inspiration Award in 2011.

The story culminates with her adventures and challenges as the principal in a "throwaway" high school labeled "a pipeline to prison" and a "drop-out factory." The reader learns of her seventeen-year tenure at Furr High School and her innovative approach to building a culture of community and student success that leads to the school receiving the XQ ten-million-dollar grant from Laurene Powell Jobs in 2016 to rethink high schools. Known as a visionary and a change agent who brought out the best in her students, the high-energy educator arrived at Furr High School at 6:30 a.m. each school day.

Bertie Simmons guides us through the painful experience of having her dreams dashed, and yet, she emerges with a strong commitment to spreading hope across the landscape. Bertie Simmons emerges strong and valiant. Whispers of Hope is a hero's journey.

  • Englisch
  • Windows
  • 21,91 MB
978-1-0878-8473-8 (9781087884738)

Whispers of Hope Contents Preface 5 1 That Strange Feeling 9 2 The Vines 13 3 The Drifters 17 4 War 23 5 The Taste of Injustice 29 6 A Friendship Pact 33 7 Learning to be Brave 37 8 School of Hard Knocks 43 9 A Tattered Life Quilt 49 10 More and More Broken Promises 55 11 Help Wanted 63 12 A Whole New World 71 13 Blankets of Courage 75 14 Taking Chances 81 15 Embracing the Joy of Broader Challenges 91 16 Love and Loss and the Spirit of Forgiveness 95 17 Growing Together in Spirit and Mind 101 18 I Travel Mostly Alone and at Night 107 19 Looming Disaster 113 20 The Unbelievable 119 21 The Struggle to Maintain Ethics 131 22 A Return to the East End 133 23 Identifying Problems and Seeking Solutions 141 24 The Struggle Begins 145 25 Making Sense of Small Schools 151 26 Once More with Feeling 155 27 Being in the Arena 159 28 Hope Reigns Eternal 163 29 Beyond Bartering 171 30 Running for Safety 175 31 Heartbreak 181 32 A Magical Experience 183 33 Spring Came on, But Not Forever 189 34 Stormy Weather 195 35 Not to be Believed 197 36 In Search of Compassion 203 37 They Came from the East Bearing Hope 207 38 Looking for the Summit 213 39 A Few Ordinary, Motivated Individuals 219 40 The Rumble 223 41 Stitching the Pieces Together 233 42 In Search of a Dream 241 43 A Dream Interrupted 249 44 Blood, Sweat and Joy 261 45 A Deeper Dive 271 46 Intentionality 281 47 Restoration 289 48 Breaking Boundaries 293 49 The Possible Impossible 297 50 Unexpectedly, the New Normal 307 51 The Beginning of the End 315 52 The Final Blow 327 53 Absolution 337 54 We Are Better than This 341 Epilogue 345

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