In many of our schools, students arrive for an education, but leave with a record. As a result of the students who are being arrested as opposed to being sent to the principal's office, the school-to-prison pipeline has become a serious issue across our nation. Many students who receive a criminal record from school offenses have their future dreams jeopardized, and the suspensions from school contribute to high dropout rates. Kelisa Wing is a product of inner city schools and has experienced the belief gap first hand. As a public speaker, writer, and advocate for eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline, it is her personal mission to raise awareness on this serious issue and the need to eliminate the pipeline. Promises and Possibilities offers practical ways to deconstruct the pipeline from home to the classroom while offering anecdotes about equity from respected educators and State Teachers of the Year from across the country. Promises and Possibilities challenges educators to choose restoration over criminalization so that we can dismantle the pipeline once and for all!
By Kelisa Wing