Sam P.K. Collins (also known as Ras Plo Kwia Glebluwuo) is a grassroots journalist and educator with multidisciplinary experience as a writer, editor, producer, researcher, and filmmaker. Brother Sam’s grassroots news brand AllEyesOnDC serves as part of his effort to shed light on issues that affect people of African descent in the D.C. metropolitan region through community news events, in-depth articles, think pieces, and on-the-ground advocacy.
Previously, Brother Sam has written reports of President Barack Obama’s activities as a White House press pool reporter for American Urban Radio Networks. He has also had stints at ThinkProgress, National Public Radio and NBC Universal. At the Washington Informer, where he currently serves as an education and politics reporter, Brother Sam launched WI Bridge, a publication geared toward Black millennials in the D.C. metropolitan area.
In classrooms within the local African-centered and homeschool community, Brother Sam’s instruction, including project-based learning opportunities, focuses on major aspects of communication: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Through exposure to historically and culturally significant texts, students under Brother Sam’s tutelage have increased their vocabulary, sharpened their writing, and learned to recognize elements of storytelling and rhetoric. Brother Sam’s instruction also enables students to practice self-determination and become competitive in today’s globalized society.
Brother Sam, a native Washingtonian of Liberian descent, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a master’s degree in public policy, with a concentration in urban policy, from The George Washington University. There, he founded ACE Magazine, a multicultural campus publication.
Sam was very helpful, insightful, and knowledgeable when helping my boyfriend and I with various of our English assignments. He did so well that I passed my sophomore college English course with an A. If you need help with any type of assignment, I highly recommend profesor Sam!
Bro. Sam has taught a series of classes for Just Imagine students and we have been extremely happy with all of them! He is engaging, the students enjoy him, and the finished product is beautiful.
Brother Sam is an outstanding instructor and tutor. His lessons are creative and motivating. He is able to connect with young people in a way that challenges them to do their best.
Bro. Sam is PATIENT! My children 15,13 & 11, are challenging to say the least and one of them has been diagnosed with ADHD. Mr. Collins has worked well and successfully with all three! He has worked with them individually and as a group. We see significant improvements in their writing and general knowledge of English. Their grammar and sentence structure knowledge is much improved. They are more comfortable working through writing assignments and expressing themselves. Thank you Bro. Sam for all of your hard work with them!
I collaborate with teachers and parents to get a sense of what's causing difficulty in the young person's studies. From that point, I ask him or her to talk about their experiences, and we go through a couple exercises to get a sense of where they need help. The initial exercise sets the stage for an action plan that dictates how future tutoring sessions will evolve.
I'm a journalist by trade with classroom experience and experience as a writer and editor. Over the last few years, I've also developed curricula that helps students gain a command of the writing process and conventions of grammar. Some writing workshops I've hosted have culiminated in the production of teen anthologies.
I charge $35 per hour. Each session is a minimum of two hours, and could center on a lesson given by a teacher or one from a packet created by me. Those two hours could take place in one session or over the course of two sessions.
Teaching was a natural progression from journalism. Now I'm at the point where I do both simultaneously.
I've worked with students of all grade levels and various levels of reading comprehension.
Though he tried to act like he didn't, one of my young people, a seventh grader, grew in his ability to make inferences and explain how those inferences supported his answer to comprehension questions. This happened after I walked him and sistera along the comprehension + inference + analysis process I've devised for students learning how digest large, complicated texts.
Students need someone who can explain the "why." Knowing the why in English & Language Arts increases mastery of the foundational concepts. It's not about memorization but gaining a grasp of those concepts that young people can manipulate, whether they're writing or reading.
Students should think about their reading stamina, their favorite texts to read, and their learning style.