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Community Leader: Carletta D. Washington

Intimate Conversations Interview with author and community leader Carletta D. Washington

Carletta D. Washington is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
She has more than eleven years working in large and small public schools at the middle and high school levels as well as within the community.
She is the Founder & CEO of EDUCATION 4 ALL, INC., a non-profit community outreach organization that provides affordable quality workshops for students, parents, educators, and communities, started in January 2002.

Ella: Tell us about your passion for writing and introduce us to your book.
Improving the quality of public school education cannot be accomplished without the collaboration of school, home and community. Washington works off the premise that “one team, one goal” is critical in fostering improved student achievement and preparing our children for their journey into the real world. The message holds as much value for parents as it does the education community and policy makers.
Education Reform: The Role and Responsibility of Schools, Parents, Students and Communities is a must-read for anyone who values academic success for all children, empowered teachers and informed parents. It revolves around that often-quoted African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Ella: Finish this sentence- I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because... I live what I write.

Ella: Where are you from?
St. Louis, MO. How did you start your writing journey? English has always been my strongest subject in school. I love to write. Also, I felt the need to share with parents some very important tips for helping their children to be successful in school. In addition, I wanted to approach education reform from a comprehensive viewpoint by including information for all stakeholders.
Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
I think the title is very colorful and the the title itself: Education Reform: The Role and Responsibility of Schools, Parents, Students, and Communities.
Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
I want readers to gain a clearer understanding of how they can help to make a positive contribution to education and the lives of young people. I also want readers to walk away feeling confident in some of the many things they do on a regular basis to help provide for the education of youth.
Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
The most surprising thing I have learned in creating books is that it takes time--no matter how good your writing skills.
Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
My most significant achievement as a writer is meeting others and inspiring them to write books. How did you do it? I share my story as a writer, introduce them to my publisher, and encourage them along the way.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
I would advise new writers to be patient and to accept constructive criticism. Would you change anything about your journey? NO.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
The 3 things it takes to make a successful writer are: 1-Being honest about your writing skills; 2-investing the time needed to write a successful book; 3-accepting input and criticism from others.

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
In the future, I do plan to write additional books as well as continue to host book talks and other speaking engagements related to education, parenting, youth motivation, and community support of neighborhood schools.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
I am participating in a Celebration of African American Authors in Oklahoma City, OK on Feb. 21, 2009 sponsored by the OK City Urban League Young Professionals at Full Circle Bookstore--50 Penn Place 1900 NW Expressway #1, from 11-3PM. This event is open to the public.

Ella: How may the readers contact you:
Carletta D. Washington, P.O. Box 38722, St. Louis, MO 63138

Carletta D. Washington, Ed.S.
Educator, Author & Motivational Speaker
Let's work together to improve education!
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