Rhode Island · School Talk

My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

I am lucky to have the opportunity to occasionally share what I know and think about local education issues on Dan Yorke’s radio and TV programs. I wrote about the situation in Warwick earlier in the week here and appeared on Dan Yorke State of Mind the next day. Since my appearance, a tentative agreement between… Continue reading My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

Rhode Island · School Talk

They May Live in the Poorest City in the State But #YesTheyCan

It’s always inspiring, not to mention remarkable, when students defy the odds and succeed despite the naysayers. Central Falls, Rhode Island is a poor community where 65 percent of its residents are Latino and it bears the nickname “The Comeback City” for good reason and one local charter school is a big part of that.… Continue reading They May Live in the Poorest City in the State But #YesTheyCan

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Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

It is sad that a school district superintendent has to spend his day in court just to get his teachers to come to school, but that is the depressing story playing out in Warwick, Rhode Island. Here in the littlest state in the union we awoke to news that three more schools—elementary ones this time—would… Continue reading Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

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Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

Some kids are uncomfortable with reading To Kill a Mockingbird down in Biloxi, Mississippi. That’s a good thing. And an important part of the learning process, especially when it comes to understanding the uncomfortable truths around racial injustice in both the past and the present.  Just this week, the Lieutenant Governor —and candidate for Governor—Ralph… Continue reading Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

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Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein, and the Hunt for Good Schools

I named my blog Good School Hunting not because I’m necessarily a big fan of the actor Matt Damon but because I thought the Boston-based storyline of Damon’s debut movie, “Good Will Hunting,” suited a New England-based blog written by a mom who believes every kid deserves an awesome school. And I really did like… Continue reading Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein, and the Hunt for Good Schools

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

By Shawnta Barnes This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day.  This day was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health and is celebrated on October 10 each year.  This year’s theme is, “Mental health in the workplace.” Over the last few years, mindfulness and social emotional learning have become buzzwords in schools.… Continue reading Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

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Hold Your Fire, People

The response isn’t to debate. The response is to silence. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer who caught my attention when she gave a talk about the danger of the single story and now she offers up more wisdom about our increasing inability to listen to one another and have robust… Continue reading Hold Your Fire, People

Rhode Island · School Talk

This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

Additional charges have been brought against Providence PE teacher, James Duffy, according to reporting by Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau of WPRI.  And he will have his day in court. But a recent statement by his attorney reveals a total lack of understanding  —ignorance, in face— when it comes to the abuse of children by… Continue reading This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

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“I was never hungry in Nigeria.”— Three NJ Teachers Risk Everything To Save Their Students

The Nigerian boys arrived in Paterson to win games, feed a local basketball machine and parlay their talents into a better life. When their world collapsed in scandal amid allegations of human trafficking and cheating, it took 3 teachers who risked everything to save them. “All right. Give me a hug and let’s get the hell out of… Continue reading “I was never hungry in Nigeria.”— Three NJ Teachers Risk Everything To Save Their Students

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Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

by Tracy Dell’Angela SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore these three facts. The test is easier than it was a year ago. The achievement gap between students of different races and parental education levels is just as… Continue reading Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready