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Mr. Black Has Got Their Back

One parent said her son wasn’t successful or able to get the help he needed in a private school. Now, she said, “He can’t wait for Monday.”  It’s hard to imagine a more powerful statement about the impact of a school leader than one about a a child being unable to wait for Monday because… Continue reading Mr. Black Has Got Their Back

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American Delusion: The Kids Are Alright

This is a guest blog by Caroline Bermudez that first appeared on the blog Head in the Sand. Her bio is at the bottom of this blog.  One of my favorite articles makes me laugh and cringe. Titled “What Corporate America Can’t Build: A Sentence,” the piece describes the plight of top companies spending billions… Continue reading American Delusion: The Kids Are Alright

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This CEO Is Under 30, Latina, and Making a Difference for Kids

Elsa Duré is under 30, Latina, and a CEO. And while she has every reason to be most proud of her accomplishments, her focus instead is on the success of the students at the schools that her organization, Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, helped to open. The Providence Business News recently featured Duré in a piece entitled, Duré: Make World… Continue reading This CEO Is Under 30, Latina, and Making a Difference for Kids

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We Must Avoid The Single Story When We Talk About Education

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns of the “danger of the single story,” and while she focuses most on how this impacts our ideas about countries and cultures, she makes clear that this danger exists everywhere. Our national and local conversations about K-12 education are no exception. (Her TED Talk on this is a must-watch.)… Continue reading We Must Avoid The Single Story When We Talk About Education

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Basketball Instead of Boredom for Kids over April Break

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the noise inside the education debates and focus instead on something good—like free basketball clinics for kids during school vacation. (Click here and here to read more recent “away from the noise” stories from Rhode Island.) Just a day or two into the recent vacation week in… Continue reading Basketball Instead of Boredom for Kids over April Break

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A Unanimous Vote for Greater Diversity of Teachers and Administrators in Connecticut

There is good news out of Connecticut this morning after a unanimous vote in the General Assembly to pass a bill that paves the way for school districts to recruit and hire more qualified out-of-state candidates of color to teach and lead schools across the state. With the current mismatch between what Connecticut students look… Continue reading A Unanimous Vote for Greater Diversity of Teachers and Administrators in Connecticut