Rhode Island

Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

By Karla E. Vigil and Carlon Howard   Currently, RI’s education workforce is over 95 percent white. With less than 5 percent of educators identifying at people of color, our urban students are faced with teachers and content each day that do not reflect their lived experiences both in and outside of the school day.… Continue reading Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

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Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

This is a guest post written by my friend and colleague, Laura Waters.  If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take and the school supplies your child… Continue reading Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

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Providence Students Plan to Walk Out of School This Morning in Protest of Trump

I’m not a fan of student walk outs. And I hope it’s not just because I’m getting old. I’m confident that there is reason and substance behind my belief that students send a much stronger message when they protest on their own time. It shows that the cause is important enough for them to give… Continue reading Providence Students Plan to Walk Out of School This Morning in Protest of Trump

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My Head Exploded and You Are All to Blame

Well, my head exploded last night and I lay the blame at the feet of Democrats and Republicans. In fact, Betsy DeVos actually came out of the night seeming like one of the nicest people in the room.  Seeing as Elizabeth Warren didn’t even have the grace to shake DeVos’ hand after the hearing, it’s… Continue reading My Head Exploded and You Are All to Blame

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Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

It’s nothing new that Sheldon Whitehouse oozes hypocrisy but I am most rankled by his comments, actions, and over the top rhetoric when it comes to education because that’s where my focus lies. He is currently engaged in a war on Betsy DeVos, President Elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary who begins confirmation hearings today.… Continue reading Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

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Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

Rhode Island has never found national rankings to be its friend whether about education, family prosperity, or drug use and sadly, too many of our lawmakers and leaders prefer to criticize the lists or argue about the risk of making comparisons rather than stare our deficiencies in the face and strive to get better. Luckily, our Governor… Continue reading Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

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2016: The Good Stuff

There is rare consensus that 2016 was no ordinary year and there’s no doubt that in the minds of many, 2017 couldn’t have come fast enough. The political rhetoric and division was at full tilt for what felt like forever, hugely influential and beloved icons like Prince, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher passed away suddenly, trailblazing familiar faces… Continue reading 2016: The Good Stuff