Manny Scott

In March I presented at the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement in Greensboro, NC. You can find the materials link from the session here.
The most powerful experience of the conference for me was speaker Manuel Scott. Manny Scott began his keynote by singing a cappella, the spiritual If I Can Help Somebody. The first stanza is “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody how they’re traveling wrong, then my living shall not be in vain”.  The room was reverent as he began to speak.
Manuel Scott grew up in inner city California and was one of the students characterized in the book/movie Freedom Writers. His message is, in part, to ensure that teachers don’t give up on students; especially those who give the biggest reasons to leave them alone. He offered that there are many, many damaged children who need help, guidance, interventions, and reminds us that often a life is what hangs in the balance.
You can learn more about Manny and his work here.