A major problem that continues to trouble the U.S. education system is the disproportionately high number of behavioral referrals and suspensions of minority boys each year, even when schools may be majority white or majority female. Racial disparities in school discipline are quite common and sends a message that boys of color, in particular, are the issue and should be feared. However, these boys typically do not have the coping skills necessary to address the root of their behavior/frustration. This is a multi-faceted issue that must be addressed with the combination of several methods and all of those affected,(including students, teachers/staff, families, and community members). Hopeful HoriSONS (est. 2018) provides academic and social-emotional support for students, mentorship programming, one-of-a-kind field trip opportunities, community service events, and anti-bias/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training for their teachers/staff members.
Davian Morgan is a proud, native Washingtonian. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland - College Park (B.A. Criminal Justice and Sociology, Global Terrorism Studies minor), Johns Hopkins University (M.Ed Elementary Educational Studies), and Teach For America - DC '14. Davian is currently a 3rd-grade literacy teacher and Teacher Leader at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School, where he has served for the past four years. He works daily to ensure that his students not only develop their literacy skills but also their social-emotional competence.
In 2017, Davian was recognized by TNTP’s Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, as one of the nation’s top 100 highly-effective educators who have created challenging and engaging classrooms for their students. Davian also currently serves as a board member for the TFA-DC's chapter of PRISM, a national LGBTQ initiative to provide resources and on-going support for LGBTQ students, corps members, and allies.