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All Teachers Are Not the Same

Mrs. Goddard with me at my high school graduation in 1991.  Today is the birthday of one of the best teachers I know. As I reflect on this extraordinary educator, my mind is drawn back to a piece by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post and I’m struck by how patently unfair it is to my teacher… Continue reading All Teachers Are Not the Same

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Where Zip Codes are not Destiny

For a majority of American students, zip code determines the quality of the education they receive. Inequities in property taxes, parent education, school resources, and neighborhood influences all contribute to the tragic reality that a child living in a poor family in a poor neighborhood is likely to attend a poorly performing school. How can… Continue reading Where Zip Codes are not Destiny

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The Rhode Island governor’s race a win for students and ed reform

Finally! Students are honored in a Rhode Island election and even more strikingly, it happens despite an against-the-national-grain sweep for Democrats. As an independent who almost always votes a split ticket, I am not normally happy with such a partisan result. However, as a mother of three and a supporter of education reform, I’m elated… Continue reading The Rhode Island governor’s race a win for students and ed reform

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Lunch Date

Today I have a very special lunch date. He is half my age. He is not what people expected him to be. He is an African American young man. He has an incarcerated father. His siblings have different fathers than he. He has been expelled from high school for failing all his classes and for… Continue reading Lunch Date

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With a Little Support, Parents Learn New Common Core Math Is Worth the Trouble

After reading Lyndsey Layton’s weekend piece in the Washington Post on parents and Common Core math, I was relieved to know I’m not alone. I have three elementary-age boys all attending a school that is fully aligned to the Common Core. I adore their school and their teachers but am often stuck feeling a bit… Continue reading With a Little Support, Parents Learn New Common Core Math Is Worth the Trouble

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It’s not about Mistrust, It’s about Diagnosis

Arne Duncan made a lot of people mad with his comments about white suburban mothers back in 2013. Well, I’m a white suburban mother and I was most definitely not angry. On the contrary, I agreed with him wholeheartedly and remain grateful that he said what he said. Though perhaps a bit clumsy in his… Continue reading It’s not about Mistrust, It’s about Diagnosis