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Who is Dr. Mapp and How Can Her Experiences Help Me and My Family?

Dr. Mapp's Background. As a child in a large low income southern family with civil rights activist parents and farmer grandparents, I had to find my way in growing up during a tumultuous period - but we knew we were loved with faith that sustained us! I attended good all Black schools and was supposed to have been lynched in the 4th grade. We were taught to be “twice as good as” with deeper learning, so I was academically prepared in the 11th grade when 4 classmates and I desegregated the home of the rebels. I attended a predominantly white university and participated in the Black ​Power movement. Because most schools were desegregated by then, I felt the need to go through a conscious metamorphosis to change how I felt about teaching and working with White people. I also vowed to serve as a change agent in future positions to help others change for the good of all students.

My husband and I had five children, four sons and one daughter, and we planned their education and sacrificed financially so they could all attend a Montessori school from the age of 3. We were vegetarians for awhile who worked on family projects together, participated in family and community life, taught our children to love people over things and to critically think about learning and life.  I volunteered for years in the community to inform my work and I still remember many of my students and their parents who taught me so much! More importantly than my career and education, I parented my five children to engineering degrees (1 daughter with a PhD and 4 sons with MBA, MS and 2 BS's) while it took me 13 years to earn my doctorate. I am a proud GrandMaMa to seven amazing grandchildren whose parents are their Best Teachers! My oldest granddaughter is a college graduate who is teaching in a program for two years prior to returning to work on advanced degrees.  

With five children as a single parent for some years and as a middle school teacher I had to constantly research information to help me be a better parent and professional. As a social studies teacher-leader of low income, predominantly Black students I used evidence-based research to better help my students excel academically while learning life skills. I later thought about my children and students as I wrote, trying to include their needs and what I could to make life easier for them. One of my students years later told me - "I wish I had done as you suggested - my life would have been so much easier!"  And years later, a young man told me at a New Jersey conference that I needed to share what I knew. That became the impetus for my writing.  I want it to be useful.

I used my research and experiences as a district curriculum coordinator and equity council member who helped write a school board adopted Multicultural Education Plan in 1998  and a violence prevention community program. With the changes during that period, those plans were probably not used. My next job was director of an HBCU first year counseling unit. I began and ended my work career in community agencies as a career counselor and later a short stint as director of a youth and family program. When I was later laid off three times in three years, with jobs being hard to get, I had to retool my skills and started my own business. There were a lot of tough years, but what I went through was nothing compared to the experiences that my parents and earlier generations - and many of you - went through all over the country.

My life experiences and research helped me to understand that teaching, learning, schooling and our families are linked and impacted by historical, political and social forces. This requires a holistic approach which acknowledges connections on different levels that bring to the forefront usually unspoken topics that have to be uncovered so we act to and behave in ways that improve our connected lives. My S.A.U.C.E; series of books show these connections on different levels with past, present and future actions  that readers can take to gain different perspectives to improve all our lives on many levels. 

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becomes that year for healing and change 

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your families and groups move through and beyond this 2020 turning point

ABOUT... Our Children and Future: 

Lessons in Family and School Engagement (c) 2019

I've loved every minute of my journey!

An Idea is Born and Transformed...

Education is reforming itself for our strife-filled global world, and families also need to reform or renew themselves as they prepare their children to live better in that same world. Few books help in this regard, except for this innovative and holistic guide that offers clues to the complex issues of living and learning through educational and home contexts.

"You Are Your Child's Best Teacher (c) 2015  recognized that families need help in becoming the best teachers for their children in our uncertain and confusing world. Many excerpts and rewrites from that book became the more recent Our Children and Future: Lessons in Family and School Engagement.  It was written for parents and families who want to improve family well-being and their children's academic achievement - while improving their engagement with children and with each other. It is also written for advocates who help support children and families through community initiatives and in in-and out-of-school-time programs.

Clues in the revised Our Children and Future (c) 2019 guidebook may help families and advocates move from where they are right now - (the status quo) to hope for more positive future plans and goals. When families are well and searching for balance, they are more apt to do those things that are needed so their children become more satisfied and capable - both in and out of school.

In my writing, the sections and chapters introduce many concepts as clues to families who want to improve family well-being, relationships, student achievement and their engagement with their children and schools. At the same time teacher  engagement has to improve .

I try to make sure that my writings are  practical with explanations of the latest school reform issues, such as the Common Core and ESSA. I try to make them  thought-provoking as it links issues of our nation with family well-being and what’s taught at home with school outcomes.  My books will be used repeatedly as children and their families grow and develop!

Contents include:

  • Family Engagement Links Home and School

  • Our Families Are Up to Us!

  • Family and School History Impacts the Future.

  • Our Schools Are Up to Us, Too! 

This holistic guidebook can empower families to engage better with children, schools and society. The following 2 books are excerpted from this edition:  

Contents include: 

  • What's Needed to Make Sense? 

  • The Personal Becomes Political

  • Schooling and Quality of Life

For adults, older adolescents including Millennials, Gen Z - this book may be what you need to be Woke to history's impact on our nation and families with suggested next steps.   

Contents include

  •  The Preparation of Next Generations with planning tips; 

  • Our Families Are Up to Us with clues from birth thru high school graduation and beyond (for parents too). 

  • Family and School History Impact the Future.

The Prepare Our Children Spiral-bound Companion Workbook/Book is a little more expensive than the book, but if you need to work through some things to parent better while healing yourself, you may need this book rather than the briefer edition.   

The First 40 Page Book

(c) 2012 was intentional

The first book began formulating when a young man I met at a conference in New Jersey told me that I needed to share what I knew with others. It began as a four page Back to School fact sheet I wrote for families at a church event in 2009. One of my sisters (Angel) read it and told me that it should be developed into a book. It became this 40 page full-color booklet. During that writing, I learned new skills with the computer and the craft of writing!

And now for the continued excerpts from that first book into  the 2020 editions.  The first book  was highly regarded by a national authority - Dr. James P. Coleman of Yale Child Study Center and others.  

Getting to this point with this book and my business are full turnarounds for me! I learned to be a better business person from the writing and publishing of my first two revisions! I'm learning how to thrive rather than just survive from a friend, and enjoying that journey.  

Now I'm trying to find the business card given to me by John Robbins in 2010 when I ventured to a writers conference in San Francisco (Writing to Change the World) to learn more about my new craft. I met an editor who introduced me to Mr. Robbins who told me to look him up after completion...

My theme at that time was "Speaking the Unspoken" which got his attention! I have added to that a call to action.... Speaking and Acting On Unspokens as a theme running through my presentations and books where usually unspoken topics that need to be discussed are linked to topics of interest.  

It's serious - school stakeholders have to learn more about our misconceptions and contradictions so we can collaborate together to Challenge our Expectations when we regard something that may likely happen without firm evidence.  We have to move beyond the status quo that is hurting our families, communities, cities, states and our nation! We're all connected in this and we all have roles to play. The pandemic taught us that we are all in this together - though history and present actions relegate some to better outcomes than others.  


When I first decided to become an entrepreneur, I did a lot of reading to determine what would be the best fit for me. I am certified by the state as a consultant, so figured that was the best route.

When I read about performance consulting, I realized that I have been doing this type of work for decades so it was a natural fit. I've helped various stakeholders in schools and in the community to improve their performances for the good of our students over the years.

This book was written after friends repeatedly asked me to write down what my former husband and I did in our family to rear all five of our children to engineering degrees and they are pretty balanced emotionally. 

This book is general in nature. I didn't refer to the  metamorphosis I had to go through to become the best teacher I could for diverse students within my classes, nor the computer motherboard my children built with their Baba that he used for 25 years, nor the library of books we collected and read, nor our decision to live in the neighborhood of children I taught, nor that we stayed in Lexington rather than moving to Chicago, nor our vegetarian and holistic lifestyle that shocked our families - until they tasted my cooking! 

I want to digress for a minute as I take the time to talk about my family and their writings.... My Daddy, James R. Mapp, and Mama, Viola Martin Mapp, were civil rights activists in my hometown. They were pioneering way-makers in opening up jobs, housing and education so that all could have chances at better lives. Both my parents are gone now, but they left behind a rich legacy and big shoes to fill for their family and a better, though more contradictory world. Daddy's book is a history book and a love-story!

My work is the next generation from that period. We now struggle to make sense of a fast-paced, screen-focused, uncertain and sometimes cruel world. Some of us have lost sight of our nation's ideals about our humanity and the need to continue forming "a more perfect union" in our country as we heal from the past while becoming true to "we the people!" That's why I wrote the holistic guide....  

Books my family has written and their entrepreneurial pursuits:

1) Chance or Circumstance? A Memoir and Journey through the Struggle for Civil Rights (2015/2016 completed posthumously by 2 of my sisters for my Daddy./

2) Expanding Horizons Through Creative Expressions (2010) Obiora Embry

3) Balancing the Rift: Reconnectualizing the Pasenture (2014) Irucka Ajani Embry

4) Close Your Eyes: A nighttime read it to me book (2014) by Ivy Barksdale (one of my sisters)

5) The Mysterious World (2013) by MIT (not available, but written as a chapter book by one of my grandchildren).

6. The Martin Family Legacy: There is Always Room for One More... Lourenza, Finis, Herbert and Howitt (2019) by Barry Duvall with Howitt Martin. My Mama's family story, available from

A lot went into me becoming who I am at this stage of my life. But this page is more about the book...

Since I have a little more space...    

I'll describe - as pictured below -

The Logo for Schooling Solutions

The West African Adinkra symbol, Sankofa, represents the importance of bringing wise knowledge and practices from the past into the present to make positive progress. Our logo is a stylized apple/heart/Sankofa shape representing education, love and caring, blended with Sankofa and green leaves representing development for life. It symbolizes learning from the past as we transform our realities through schooling and education so our children can successfully meet opportunities and challenges in their 21st century world.

 The newer rebranded logo also speaks of learning from the past for better lives. It  recognizes the uncommon connections that need to be made to make sense of these complex, yet simple in some ways, times.  

The drops in the SAUCE logo note the importance of continual dripping of attempts at change. It may take uncommon actions and sayings, but the SAUCE is the extra used to make a positive difference  The series notes the commonalities in my work (products, books, presentations)  that come together as a group for change..   

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