Rhode Island · School Talk

Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

Bipartisanship has come to Rhode Island and it is thanks to the RI Promise Scholarship proposal, the plan to make our public colleges and universities free for two years for all students. The plan is arguably the most comprehensive of its kind but is facing push back from the legislature, particularly the Speaker of the… Continue reading Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

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Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts, and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn that its thrilling narrative devices also make it problematic. – Huffington Post Middle schoolers and high schoolers across America are buzzing about the now controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” which attempts to tackle the… Continue reading Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts, and Educators Worried

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio: Shaming Parents, The Opt-Out Non-Movement, RI’s New Partnership with Mass, Giraffes, and American Ninja Warrior too!

This week during our weekly chat, there was lots to talk about, as there always is. (I also made the giant mistake of chewing gum during this week’s episode so I apologize for that and promise it will never happen again! I thought spitting gum into a piece of paper would be a bad look… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Shaming Parents, The Opt-Out Non-Movement, RI’s New Partnership with Mass, Giraffes, and American Ninja Warrior too!

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Because They Can

Dashaun Robinson was a student of mine between 2011 and and 2013. I saw him enter his third high school as a sophomore and watched him graduate on his 20th birthday. Below is something he wrote a couple years back about his own personal experience. It is worth re-reading often as he is just one… Continue reading Because They Can

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

Rhode Island is making a big change in how it assesses students that will bring us in line with Massachusetts in grades 3-8 and reduce testing time by 50 percent at the high school level. PARCC will no longer be the test we administer in Rhode Island so while the teaching standards will remain the… Continue reading Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

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Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

Rhode Island 10th and 11th graders took the PSAT and SATs for free for the first time this year. The PSAT was administered in the fall and just last week, during the school day, high school juniors took the SAT.  They are the first cohort of students to benefit from Governor Raimondo’s free SAT/PSAT plan… Continue reading Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

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You Got This Mary E. Forgarty Elementary!

It’s test time and as you can see from the enthusiasm and love in this video, all the grown ups who see you every day at school believe in you. Be confident. Stand proud. Do your best. And Rock the PARCC!   You got this.

Rhode Island · School Talk

Projo Got it Wrong: Cumberland’s Remediation Numbers Have Improved by 20 Points and are Well Below the State Average

The high number of community college students forced into remedial classes upon arrival is a national problem and I was glad to see Linda Borg write about it in Sunday’s Providence Journal.  Even Massachusetts, seen as the gold standard in education has more than 60 percent of its community college students placed in non credit… Continue reading Projo Got it Wrong: Cumberland’s Remediation Numbers Have Improved by 20 Points and are Well Below the State Average

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio: Thermometers, PARCC, MCAS, Awesome Principals, and Money Money Money

Today Keri and I talk about the importance of annual testing (and Keri wonders why her 3rd grader feels anxious about a test she’s never even talked about!). I share the stories of two inspiring principals in Rhode Island: Julia Carlson who leads a large district high school and Osvaldo (OJ) Marti who leads a a… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Thermometers, PARCC, MCAS, Awesome Principals, and Money Money Money

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Time for a Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in our Schools and the Failures to Report It

Sex abuse in schools. No one wants to think about it let alone talk about it. But we must because the statistics are staggering and because living in denial puts children at risk. It wasn’t too long ago that no one wanted to talk about what was happening to children at the hands of priests… Continue reading Time for a Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in our Schools and the Failures to Report It