My friends and I have been reimaging education and solving all of the world’s problems for decades. No, really. In 1999, my husband and I invited about three dozen or so people from our various circles to break bread with us in our “new-to-us” home as a housewarming gift to ourselves. We continued that tradition every other month up until COVID-19 shut the world down in 2020. This bi-monthly event was called Mind Blazn. In essence, this quasi-potluck, game-night, B.Y.O.B., …


…a lesson, reflection and presentation for the 23rd day of Ramadan 2021 by Stacey James McAdoo…

The first time I saw Spirit Trickey, the daughter of Minnie Jean Brown Trickey (who is one of the nine Black children who desegregated Little Rock Central High school in 1957 and who are today referred to collectively as the Little Rock Nine), I thought to myself, “That’s what love looks like out loud.”


“I’m really glad you’re back,” she said quietly behind the mask that hid her smile as she zipped up her backpack and prepared to exit the classroom. There had been signs before today. Like when she showed up for class four hours early. Or when, despite her school pivoting to virtual due to an outbreak, showing up anyway because of her excitement about that day’s lesson. So yeah, in my heart, I had known for a while. But today? Today it was solidified.

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When coronavirus abruptly halted my year of recognition/service as the Arkansas State Teacher of the Year…


🎶 Here I am, baby. Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours.🎶 
-Stevie Wonder

Raise your hand if you remember Obama’s first inauguration. What I remember most is the electricity and excitement that caused my family to hop on a bus and head to DC to stand outside in the freezing cold to be a part of and present in the making of history. There have been lots of poems written about presidents and their inauguration. For this segment, I’m going to share two of my favorites-actually, one in its entirety and an excerpt from the other.

The first one is from…


🎵Just like I told you,
You must learn.🎵
-KRS1, Boogie Down Productions

Even before the days of Covid, pivots, and hybrid classrooms, educators have always understood that learning isn’t, never has been, and never will be confined to the walls of a classroom.

The other day I had a conversation with someone about fear. My mind instantly started making literary connections associated with the word. …


As we prepare to return to school and work, let us continue to carry gratitude with us in the days ahead. The number of lessons and skills teachers teach far exceeds the number of days spent in the classroom (face to face, remotely, or otherwise). Like most educators, I have favorite lessons that I love teaching for various reasons. Hands down, one of my favorites is my Gratitude Project. This multi-week unit includes the tweaking of Soul Pancake’s An Experiment in Gratitude and Random Acts of Kindness.

We all know that the holidays can be rough for a lot of…


As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us be mindful that some will be observing that day as the National Day of the Mourning. The National Day of Mourning, an annual protest organized by Native Americans of New England, has officially been observed since 1970. These gatherings are demonstrations against racism and oppression and are a remembrance of the ancestors.

When we speak to our children, loved ones, or possibly even our students about the origins and traditions associated with the fourth Thursday of November, let us not regurgitate Thanksgiving myths but instead be truthful about what this day (and…


Governor Hutchinson,

I am not going to spend a lot of time drafting this letter and including researched or scientific data to support my claims. History and recent actions have proven it would merely be a waste of my energy. I do want you to know that educators are not babysitters, nor should we be responsible for saving the economy or solving all of society’s problems.

I also want you to know that I am genuinely heartbroken, disappointed and enraged that city, state and educational leaders…who sit in offices and spaces where they can safely social distance that are located…


…reflections, life lessons & sharing resources…by Stacey James McAdoo

“What if we, as a nation, would have spent the first month or so of the coronavirus pandemic working on getting healthier?” was a question I heard a guest on a late-night news show pose to the anchor. Those words reverberated in my head repeatedly and ultimately helped me kick my life back in gear.

Before taking the sabbatical to fulfill my duties as the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, running or cycling was how I started or ended most days. As my obligations expanded and travel increased, the 5ks…


(a message for the students of Arkansas by Stacey James McAdoo)

The following is a transcript of a video message delivered on April 8, 2020.

Hey, this is Stacey McAdoo. Your forever 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. A couple of weeks ago, I made a video message about and directed towards my fellow educators. And although I have talked to former students and children in the Little Rock School District, I’m making this one for all the dear, sweet, beautiful, brilliant students throughout the state of Arkansas who I have not had a chance to speak with. Every elementary, middle, and high school student (even those of you who have…

Stacey James McAdoo (2019 AR Teacher of the Year)

Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Educator. Writer…

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