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Madame Secretary, Where are the Parents and Teachers of Color?

President Trump is making most of us a little crazy these days and a recent meeting regarding education is certainly no exception. With the aftermath of the election coupled with the unprecedented opposition to Betsy DeVos’s nomination for Secretary of Education, there has been a hyper intensity about all things political in general and also… Continue reading Madame Secretary, Where are the Parents and Teachers of Color?

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To Be a Woman in the Age of Trump

Did you wear a pink hat? Stay home? Help a girl make sense? Reactions to the post-inaugural marches were as varied as womankind. Listen in to a spontaneous stream-of-consciousness between a group of women bloggers around the country who lend their voices to education.  Here is our email chain.   Beth Hawkins, Minneapolis; blogger, Beth Hawkins Fellow women writers, education advocates and mama bears:… Continue reading To Be a Woman in the Age of Trump

Rhode Island

Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington

By Lisa Tenreiro  On Friday, January 6th, I had the honor of a lifetime. I got to stand behind First Lady Michelle Obama alongside forty-four of my fellow State Counselors of the Year  as she shared her final remarks as First Lady to our entire nation and to the world.  Mrs. Obama chose to deliver these… Continue reading Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington

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Twitter. Oh What a Day We Had Together.

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Rhode Island

Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

By Karla E. Vigil and Carlon Howard   Currently, RI’s education workforce is over 95 percent white. With less than 5 percent of educators identifying at people of color, our urban students are faced with teachers and content each day that do not reflect their lived experiences both in and outside of the school day.… Continue reading Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

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Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

This is a guest post written by my friend and colleague, Laura Waters.  If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take and the school supplies your child… Continue reading Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

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Providence Students Plan to Walk Out of School This Morning in Protest of Trump

I’m not a fan of student walk outs. And I hope it’s not just because I’m getting old. I’m confident that there is reason and substance behind my belief that students send a much stronger message when they protest on their own time. It shows that the cause is important enough for them to give… Continue reading Providence Students Plan to Walk Out of School This Morning in Protest of Trump

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My Head Exploded and You Are All to Blame

Well, my head exploded last night and I lay the blame at the feet of Democrats and Republicans. In fact, Betsy DeVos actually came out of the night seeming like one of the nicest people in the room.  Seeing as Elizabeth Warren didn’t even have the grace to shake DeVos’ hand after the hearing, it’s… Continue reading My Head Exploded and You Are All to Blame

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Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

It’s nothing new that Sheldon Whitehouse oozes hypocrisy but I am most rankled by his comments, actions, and over the top rhetoric when it comes to education because that’s where my focus lies. He is currently engaged in a war on Betsy DeVos, President Elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary who begins confirmation hearings today.… Continue reading Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

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Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

Rhode Island has never found national rankings to be its friend whether about education, family prosperity, or drug use and sadly, too many of our lawmakers and leaders prefer to criticize the lists or argue about the risk of making comparisons rather than stare our deficiencies in the face and strive to get better. Luckily, our Governor… Continue reading Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement