Advice for Indie Authors on Promoting Your Book Through Social Media

This is the one-year anniversary since I self-published my debut book of poetry, Every Watering Word. It’s been a wonderful and yet overwhelming experience at the same time. Wonderful in terms of poems that I have written for over 20 years culminating in book form. That my book is getting out into the world, into … Continue reading Advice for Indie Authors on Promoting Your Book Through Social Media

Debut Book of Poetry :Every Watering Word

It happened! My first book of poetry is published by Wasteland Press (2017). Here are a few excerpted blurbs about Every Watering Word from several Goodreads, Amazon and Instagram reviews: ” Manning-Yarde is working her words with fierce determination, with sweat on the brow, that the words, in their primacy, will reveal the stubborn, elusive, blessed truths … Continue reading Debut Book of Poetry :Every Watering Word

Cookie Cutters on the Floor: Learning Vocabulary and Pronounciation through Objects Around the Home

From since being a crawling baby, Keith loves visiting his Godparents’ house. Specifically, he loves their kitchen. Wide floor area, slightly secluded from the rest of the house, it has become his favorite place to play. Whenever we visit, he launches straight for the kitchen, raids the bottom corner cabinet, pulling out a tub of … Continue reading Cookie Cutters on the Floor: Learning Vocabulary and Pronounciation through Objects Around the Home

Literacy Learning in the Kitchen: Building Vocabulary, Practicing Procedural Thinking, and Learning to Tell Time

        At ages 3 and 2, Keith and Maceo, respectively, have little patience for workbooks and sitting down for long lengths of time as a means to “practice” literacy skills. So at this stage, to grow their vocabulary, build skill in strategic thinking, and support their practice of various ways of learning, … Continue reading Literacy Learning in the Kitchen: Building Vocabulary, Practicing Procedural Thinking, and Learning to Tell Time

Literacy as Social Action: A Familial Practice (An Introduction)

  As a mom of two toddler boys, I am trying to balance rearing them as both citizens of a global community, as well instill within them the knowledge and skills needed to interface with it. I constantly find myself vacillating between supporting their learning and understanding of how to interact with and treat others, … Continue reading Literacy as Social Action: A Familial Practice (An Introduction)

Parents are the Frontline of Their Children’s Academic Achievement: A Book Review of I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother by Suzette Clarke

              Class is in session. In her self-published book, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother, Suzette Clarke ignites a controversial conversation about the “true source” of student failure. While finger-pointing has typically designated teachers, schools, standardized tests, and standards as the source of fault, Clarke turns the finger to … Continue reading Parents are the Frontline of Their Children’s Academic Achievement: A Book Review of I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother by Suzette Clarke

Of Hair and Origin

In this guest blogpost, Tricia Amiel, a mother, writer, adjunct instructor and former teacher, takes an introspective and candid look into the intersection of race, identity and self-perception.  She divulges some hard truths and hurts that emanate from others asking her questions about her roots.  Then, in turning affliction into learning opportunity, she discusses how … Continue reading Of Hair and Origin

Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher

In this article, Carla Cherry shares her personal and professional evolution, divulging how she helps students actualize their humanity and academic success.  It’s an intimate look into the makings of an English/Language Arts teacher, and the difference she is trying to make in students’ lives within the NYC educational system. Fundamental to her familial fabric … Continue reading Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher