Award-Winning Writing

Fast Track: Ohio’s Early College High Schools Set a Pace for Early Success
This group project about Ohio ECHS graduates experience on college campuses has been awarded a 2011 Silver award for Excellence in Communications from the Council on Foundations (Electronic Publications category). TZT contributed the pieces about Adairia, Terrance, Paul, Brandon and Kiani.

From First Day to First Graduates: Educators fight to keep their dreams alive as they introduce small schools in a hard-hit urban district
Four years of observation at Columbus’ Brookhaven High School as it struggled to implement significant reform culminated with this publication, which received a 2009 Gold award for excellence from the Council on Foundations.

To a Higher Degree: Real-life stories of progress in four early college high schools and Most Likely to Succeed: Real-life stories of progress in five redesigned urban high schools
There are two pieces in each of these two publications that were written by TZT, who spent the 2006-2007 school year observing at both Brookhaven High School and Africentric Early College High School. These publications won a 2008 silver award for excellence from the Council on Foundations.

Small Moments, Big Dreams: Real-life stories from five redesigned urban high schools After observing for the first two years at Brookhaven High School, this publication was released in 2006. It won a 2007 Silver Award for excellence from the Council on Foundations.

Mean Girl, Reconsidered
Originally published on my personal blog, Tiny Mantras, this piece was honored as one of BlogHer’s 2010 Voices of the Year and interpreted by an artist for an exhibit at the 2010 conference in New York City.

From Hatemonger to Healer: Memoirs of a professional racist
Originally published in the Columbus Guardian on Oct. 12, 1995, this piece was widely republished in alternative weeklies around the country, including the Detroit Metro Times, Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express, and The Colorado Springs Independent, among others. It was used as educational material in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “Not in Our Town” campaign against hate crimes, and was part of a group of articles that won a national award for Best Local Political Series from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in 1996.

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