Jun 25, 2020
As we're in the midst of the storm! COVID-19, economic
recession, social unrest and injustices and
Today's guest is a welcomed reminder of the special people
continuing to do extraordinary things every day. Dr. Art McCoy's
radical yet practical intervention as Superintendent has
transformed his district from a “dropout factory” to a 100%
This inspiring conversation will spark unity + offer you
concrete ways to be a change agent in your community.
- Through his parent's adversity, Art learned the importance of
hard work, humility and perseverance.
- "Your pain becomes your springboard for your
- In less than 2 decades, Jennings, a city in North St. Louis,
MO, experienced white flight, was taken over of mediocrity,
ignorance and apathy and its school faced losing
- In the last decade, Art has worked as the school superintendent
to reverse his hometown and establish enlightenment, empowerment
- Dropout factory in a promise zone: When Art
started as a superintendent, homelessness, teenage pregnancy
birthrates, highschool dropouts and unemployment were at all-time
- In an effort to reverse the statistics of the failing district,
Art started a radical reinvention throughout the entire system
including parents, teachers and pre-K students.
- "Hope is your superpower. The second you get destroyed by
hopelessness is when you're tricked by the enemy or
- Art shares the heartwarming story of how a Somalian refugee
learned to shed his darkness and bring the hope of life.
- Every kid + every person wants the three S's:
Be seen, supported, affirmed to know they are sufficient.
- Moving beyond the need to create centers of
engagement: To overcome societal deficits, Jennings offers
two health-based clinics that covering mental + physical wellbeing,
immunizations + dental work, homeless shelters and grocery
- How Michael Brown death sparked change:
- His sister Deja Brown led a protest to connect + build
relationships with local law enforcement.
- His mother Lezley McFadden partnered with Art and local law
enforcement to launch a foundation in his memory.
- Through their College + Career Prep Academy, students partner
with local law enforcement officers that mentor to enlighten,
empower + engage change in the community.
- "No one needs fewer cops. We need better cops. We need cops
that care about us. Many of them are good and you need to grow the
- How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a
- Give your mind, body + spirit, time + space to recharge.
- How can I be a change agent for good? Grow up, show up
sometimes act up, love up and lift up.
DR. ART MCCOY'S LIVE INSPIRED
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The
Bible, The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques
Rousseau and The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck.
[To learn more about privilege versus oppression + the journey
of healing, Art recommends Stamped from the
Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Post
Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy Degruy.]
2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed
as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
Courage to go bigger.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. What would it be? A collage of my great, great,
great grandmothers who were slaves.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Myself 10 minutes
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? My brother's last words to me were "Keep doing
what you're doing."
6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old
self? Be faithful to what you know is true and follow your
heart. Sometimes you have to go through it to grow through it.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? SAGES: Severing achievement gaps that exist in
students + severing attainment gaps that exist in society.
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