Massachusetts · Rhode Island

No Monolith Here, John

‘Tis the season for annual testing results and in my state of Rhode Island, that means we are hearing about how we did on PARCC. There is some good news in terms of the direction we are moving, mostly bad news about where we actually are, and a real life example of why charter schools… Continue reading No Monolith Here, John

Rhode Island

The Other 97 Percent, an Ugly Rhode Island Secret

  When kids don’t graduate, it has lifelong consequences.   Those are the recent words of Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner and there is no doubt that he is right. A high school diploma is widely accepted as the absolute bare minimum when it comes to educating students in 2016 and while most would… Continue reading The Other 97 Percent, an Ugly Rhode Island Secret

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Hey Wellesley, Let’s Support Access to Great Schools for All Massachusetts Children and #LifttheCap

(This piece first ran in The Wellesley Townsman here on July 27, 2016)   I graduated from Wellesley High School in 1991. I was lucky to have excellent schools in the premier zip code that became my own in 1979 as a young girl entering the first grade at Hardy School. And now as a former educator… Continue reading Hey Wellesley, Let’s Support Access to Great Schools for All Massachusetts Children and #LifttheCap

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Holy Charter-Cap-Question Twitter Rant by Columbia Professor!

Sarah Cohodes blasted out 37 tweets about Massachusetts’ Question 2—about charter schools—on the November ballot. Check it out.

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After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our children is a high one. And I firmly believe that to be true. But I realized last week that my feelings about the 2016 election put me in the crosshairs of potential hypocrisy. I wasn’t… Continue reading After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

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No Diane. That’s Not Even Close To What’s Happening In His Classroom

Many of us agreed last week that Diane Ravitch got it very wrong in her New York Times piece about Common Core. In fact, some even questioned how in the world the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other outlets can even give her a platform considering how riddled with inaccuracies her writing has become. Well,… Continue reading No Diane. That’s Not Even Close To What’s Happening In His Classroom

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Stop Failing the Kids Helping You Most With Their Rosy Test Scores

It’s no secret that principals are pretty stoked when students who transfer into their schools have a history of high scores on required annual tests. School leaders feel great pressure to perform in the public eye and having a few more kids to bump those numbers up is certainly a welcome surprise. It’s usually light… Continue reading Stop Failing the Kids Helping You Most With Their Rosy Test Scores

Blog · Rhode Island

#GameChangers: Central Falls Launches Teaching Fellowship and says Goodbye to Substitutes as We Know Them

(The following was written by Central Falls Schools Superintendent Victor Capellan and shared on his Facebook page yesterday morning.)  So what’s the BIG idea? The Central Falls School District will work to end substitute teachers as we know them today and as we have known them over time. I am sure you remember your days as a… Continue reading #GameChangers: Central Falls Launches Teaching Fellowship and says Goodbye to Substitutes as We Know Them

Connecticut

Connecticut Board of Ed Confirms: It’s Inappropriate To Label Students with Stickers

Back in December, I wrote about the terrible judgement of an elementary school principal in Hartford. It’s not surprising that parents and education advocates have reacted with disbelief at the decision by the now former assistant superintendent to place color coded stickers on the backs of certain SAND Elementary students. Chris Hempel, second in charge… Continue reading Connecticut Board of Ed Confirms: It’s Inappropriate To Label Students with Stickers

Rhode Island

Little Rhody Runs From the Truth and Eliminates Annual Testing after Grade 9

When ESSA, The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed and the president signed it, we knew it would happen: States would take the flexibility now afforded to them under federal statute to backslide on accountability. But—maybe naively—I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly, before the rule-making around ESSA’s accountability provisions have even been finalized. We’re… Continue reading Little Rhody Runs From the Truth and Eliminates Annual Testing after Grade 9