“I Am Who I Am and I Will Not Be Bullied!” –The Story of Little Cindy Arenberg- An Insatiable Child Advocate Who Grew Up to Lead a Government

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council, believes her life of happenstance and opportunity led her to Broward. But, follow her story and see, it’s more than chance. Cindy has an uncompromising allegiance to her moral compass. And, I think she is exactly who she set out to be…an insatiable advocate for children. […]

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I Didn’t Even Know I was Living In Abject Poverty. Many Times, Their Story is My Story- Principal Lewis Jackson.

I was pretty blown away with Dr. Lewis Jackson’s story.  I met him during his nomination for 2017 Principal of the Year, an honor he wears with very little fanfare.   From humble beginnings, Dr. Jackson, or “Lu” as his peers like to call him, thrived through difficult life circumstances.  He seems to take on situations that […]

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To Be a Woman in The Age of Trump

Did you wear a pink hat? Stay home? Help a girl make sense? Reactions to the post-inaugural marches were as varied as womankind. Listen in to a spontaneous stream-of-consciousness between a group of women bloggers around the country who lend their voices to education.  Here is our email chain.   Beth Hawkins, Minneapolis; blogger, Beth Hawkins Fellow women writers, education advocates and mama bears: […]

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How to Tell Stories That Matter: No Frills, Just Smart and Serious Advocacy from Children’s Services Council Sandra Bernard-Bastien

I met this Trini queen over my years strolling the halls of the Children’s Services Council (CSC), the organization created by the voters to improve the lives of Broward’s children by addressing system-wide issues head-on.  Being a Jamaican woman, I was immediately drawn to her familiar songbird accent, her unapologetically curly hair, and belly-filled laughs.  But as we […]

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