The very first school to adopt the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum was the Adolescent Parenting Program in Memphis, TN. Yay!!!
For the last few years, I’ve been a mentor at the school and implemented the original Life After Birth curriculum, and now we’re excited to take it to the next level by incorporating Literacy using the Common Core State Standards which provide for more academic rigor and enhanced learning!
“I am amazed at the impact the sessions have on our young mothers who deal with so many challenges. The curriculum covers a host of topics that can be customized to teen parents or generalized to students at large. We all share this “special” time together using Summer’s life through her book as the basis and relating the topics to current life, while showing the girls how overcoming obstacles are sometimes difficult, but a necessary part of life…” -Ebony Suggs, Professional School Counselor
To kick off the new curriculum, the amazing principal, Melita Thomas, and guidance counselor, Ebony Suggs, organized a literacy tea. Class by class, the teachers brought in their students. I spoke to the young moms about the importance of literacy while they sipped tea and ate cookies. It was a new experience for each of them, and they really enjoyed it.
Each of the teachers wore black, and the ladies wore pearls but everyone got in on it. The girls even said they wanted to dress up next time! Before they left, I spoke to and took pictures with each girl and signed a copy of my book, Life After Birth, for them. Most of them expressed how excited they were to read it and some shyly thanked me for the book, but I am confident they will read and enjoy it. And LEARN from it.
As I prepared to leave, I got a text message from the English teacher who had returned to her class. It was picture of her students voluntarily reading my book before the curriculum implementation even began!
Now, THAT is success!