By Chyrise Harris I was 15 years old the first time I experienced a school lockdown. Our teachers locked the classroom doors. Our busy hallways emptied. And no one was allowed in or out of the building. All the while, 18 miles away police were trying to figure out how to stop the spray of gunfire at… Continue reading I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong
It is always a pleasure to visit the set of Dan Yorke State of Mind and have a conversation about education issues. I wasn’t planning to talk about a devastating school shooting when I was booked to do the show but obviously that was the first thing to come up. After talking about the complexity… Continue reading TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low
Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.
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In news you can’t use (but can probably relate to), the laundry (aka pops of color) continues to pile up this week though I did find 13 socks outside so that made the piles a bit smaller I guess. (On the bright side, while my dogs both love to grab socks and run outside with… Continue reading Moms Say What? That’s Right.
For the record, everything in this piece is true. Every single thing. So help me God. FUN-bruary! It’s that time of year when many schools shift into fun mode and each day of the month has a different theme. Yes, five days a week for four weeks, your kids are telling you at [9:00] at… Continue reading FUN-bruary Just May Be the Death of Me, OMG!
Meet these awesome sixth grade students from Sankofa Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they prepare for their Black History performance. I actually had the distinct pleasure of meeting these very same kids in September during a visit to Oklahoma and they gave me a sneak preview when they were just learning it. It is… Continue reading Tulsa Elementary Students Perform “I am Excellence”
Michelle Obama can still give a great speech and she used those skills recently during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in honor of Kirsten Perry, the 2018 School Counselor of the Year. Perry works at Lawndale Community Academy, a PreK-8 school that is on the rise. Attendance is up, fights between students are down,… Continue reading Michelle Obama Celebrates 2018 School Counselor of the Year. Congratulations Ms. Perry!
Massachusetts mom Kate Mitchell was not having it when it came to her child’s pre-school telling students to wear Patriots gear the Friday before the Super Bowl and she wrote about it for WBUR. And while you may be thinking that her beef must be that neither she nor her daughter are Patriots fans, it… Continue reading This Mom Says No to Super Bowl Spirit Day for Her Pre-Schooler and Says NFL Has Rejected Science