School Talk

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

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

#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

Rhode Island · School Talk

RI Governor Signs Law That Mandates Recess and Defines it as Instructional Time

Rhode Island is finally being held up as a model for something related to education. While we find ourselves worst in New England for teacher absenteeism and a middling state in terms of student outcomes, we are suddenly being celebrated  far and wide. We passed a law that mandates recess. And Governor Gina Raimondo signed… Continue reading RI Governor Signs Law That Mandates Recess and Defines it as Instructional Time

School Talk

Let’s Admit it Christians, Jesus Would Totally Support Black Lives

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,     because he has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners     and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. (Luke 4: 18) WWJD. I used to make fun of my mom’s key-chain… Continue reading Let’s Admit it Christians, Jesus Would Totally Support Black Lives

Connecticut · School Talk

No, Leaving The Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Would Not Save Connecticut Money

I hate to break it to everyone, but John Bestor is wrong. Leaving the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) isn’t likely to save Connecticut money — far from it. In his recent Op-Ed for CT Viewpoints Bestor, a former school psychologist and anti-reform activist, makes the extraordinary claim that Connecticut could save money by designing… Continue reading No, Leaving The Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Would Not Save Connecticut Money

Rhode Island

Midnight Basketball in Rhode Island Brings Kids and Police Together

During this week of horrific loss it is really hard to find anything to celebrate. But there is something in my tiny little state of Rhode Island that that has me grateful and relieved and even cautiously optimistic. Midnight Basketball.   And it seems quite fitting that this joint effort by state and city leaders… Continue reading Midnight Basketball in Rhode Island Brings Kids and Police Together

School Talk

Common Core question kicked off the ballot in MA

Massachusetts students, educators, and taxpayers went into the 4th of July weekend with much to celebrate about the future of K-12 education in their state. That’s right. The Supreme Judicial Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that the Common Core question cannot appear on the ballot in November because it does not meet the requirement that all… Continue reading Common Core question kicked off the ballot in MA