Happy Mother's Day! Message from District 13 Superintendent/Pulitzer winner 2020 is a MOM from District13/Mother’s Day Eve digital storytelling workshop:5/9/20 at 11am and 2pm.
Sat, May 9 12:41am
From the Desk of Superintendent Samuels:
Mothers are our first teachers.  While all teachers are not mothers, all mothers are certainly teachers.  I hope you all enjoy the weekend but especially hope the mothers do.  The piece below is one of 16 in the NYTimes where mothers share personal transformations.  I enjoyed it!  I hope you do too.  We continue to celebrate Nikole not only as a Pulitzer Prize winner but as an active District 13 parent advocate. 
Happy Mother's Day!

I grew up in a dysfunctional household because my father was an alcoholic, and when I was young, I would lie in my twin bed next to the window and write out the life I planned to lead when I grew up and gained control. I still have the battered, sunshine-colored notebook in which I plotted my future.

Our family was working class. We had no wealth and no family connections to open doors, but the one advantage I can claim was an unwavering confidence in my ability to change my circumstance. I did not trust many people, but I trusted myself absolutely.

Even as a young child, I believed in my mind, my work ethic and my ambition. And so, my journal did not record my hopes for the future. It recorded what would be.

I have been afraid of many things in my life, but failure was not one of them. Until I had my daughter.

Because of my childhood, I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about all the things I would never do as a parent, all the ways I would be better. I had a determination to create the home life for my child that I wished I had growing up.

Yet before she breathed her first breath, when she was just a flutter in my stomach, I began to feel a tightness in my chest driven by a fear that I would not be up to the task. That no matter how much I loved her, I would make so many mistakes, mistakes I likely would not even know I was making, mistakes that would somehow scar my child the way that I feel scarred. The confident control I have exercised over my entire life feels so tenuous now that I am in charge of raising another human being who is witnessing me and all of my flaws while her personhood is being formed.

Even as I now have more empathy for my own parents, I am consumed by the fear that in the most important venture in my life, I will fail. So when my daughter was just a baby, I started writing a journal to her. Over pages and pages, I tell her how much I love her, how much she means to me, how she has changed my life, and own up when I make mistakes.

My hope is that one day when she is grown, this journal will allow her to extend me some grace for the failures I know I will make. It is a strange conversion. As a child, I did not find hope a useful thing. But now that I have my own, I often feel as if hope is all that I have.


 Hello D13 Community,

Congratulations to District 13 parent, Nikole Hannah-Jones on winning the Pulitzer Prize for the1619 Project!  The 1619 Project is a remarkable journalistic undertaking designed to educate all of us about slavery and it's ripples through the history of the United States.  
Nikole Hannah-Jones Wins Pulitzer Prize for 1619 Project
1619 Project wins Pulitzer Prize

Nikole Hannah-Jones Wins Pulitzer Prize for 1619 Project

Pulitzer Center partner honored for groundbreaking exploration of the legacy of enslaved people on American demo...






The Pre-Mother’s Day workshop will be offered twice, as follows:

DATE: Saturday May 9, 2020

TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM and/or 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

RSVP: https://bit.ly/WAStory20


Mother's Day Eve Digital Storytelling Workshop

Celebrate mom or another community matriarch by writing and posting her story to NYC’s permanent digital archive at womensactivism.nyc

It’s said that it takes a village to raise a child, and often there is more than one actual mother who shapes our lives. A grandmother, a sister, a foster mother, an aunt, a mentor, or a community matriarch: women who inspired us and helped make us who we are. Now, at the WomensActivism.NYC's Mother’s Day Eve digital storytelling workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to put your gratitude and admiration for these women into your own words.

Honor a mother’s immeasurable gift with a timeless one. Write Them into History at this FREE digital event .

Join us for a memorable and unique celebration of the mothers and other inspiring women in our lives. Gather virtually in a welcoming community to write the stories of the women who made a difference in your life. Your stories will be maintained in New York City’s Municipal Archives forever, becoming a part of history.

WomensActivism.NYC is an open, crowd-sourced digital archive commemorating the anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. by gathering stories and making them available for future generations. We hope to collect 20,000 stories by the close of 2020. Your participation will bring us closer to this goal.

The Pre-Mother’s Day workshop will be offered twice, as follows:

DATE: Saturday May 9, 2020

TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM and/or 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

RSVP:  https://bit.ly/WAStory20


To participate in the event:

To attend the event, you will need a computer or phone. The workshop will take place via WebEX. Directions on how to access the event will be emailed to everyone who RSVPs through the Eventbrite link above.

In order to add stories to womensactivismnyc, you will need an internet connection.