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Suburban Schools Need To Change Too

By Peter Cunningham School reform advocate Derrell Bradford and policy writer Andy Rotherham hit on it. Illinois education writer Tracy Dell’Angela has a blog focused on it. Teacher/education writer Robert Pondiscio said it was a factor in the anti-charter vote in Massachusetts last fall. And former Education Secretary Arne Duncan famously broached the subject in 2013. “It” is the long overdue conversation about educational quality… Continue reading Suburban Schools Need To Change Too

Rhode Island

My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

There is perhaps no better way to tackle bias and judgement than to have kids from all backgrounds, all neighborhoods, and all skin shades learning in the same place every day. One school in Rhode Island has done just that and they just won School of the Year from The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Board.… Continue reading My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

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Less Than Half of the Families Pitch In?

I am surprised to learn that even in affluent school districts in California only around 40 percent of families make financial contributions to their schools’ fundraising efforts. I have no idea what that number would be here in Rhode Island or in neighboring states but this piece definitely provides food for thought on how (and… Continue reading Less Than Half of the Families Pitch In?

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Providence Supe to Graduates: “There Will Always Be Doubters But They Don’t Know You”

Providence Superintendent Chris Maher speaks to graduates about how their hard work and resilience in the face of tremendous challenges gives him hope during these uncertain times. The full text of his speech is below. Class of 2017, today is a wonderful day. Today is a glorious day. Today is a day where you are surrounded… Continue reading Providence Supe to Graduates: “There Will Always Be Doubters But They Don’t Know You”

Rhode Island

Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

WPRI reporter Dan McGowan has done a deep dive about Rhode Island’s new plan to improve schools. Under the new federal education law ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), each state is required to submit a plan that must be approved by the US Department of Education and the day to submit is getting close. McGowan… Continue reading Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

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“Now You Know Better”: 1st Commencement Address by a Person of Color at My Alma Mater (after 148 years!)

I have been out of high school since 1991 and I am so very proud to know that the students in the class of 2017 voted overwhelmingly to have Mr. Grant Hightower, the METCO director, speak at their graduation. There is much wisdom in his words and I only wish that my own students in Massachusetts,… Continue reading “Now You Know Better”: 1st Commencement Address by a Person of Color at My Alma Mater (after 148 years!)

Mommy Mayhem · Planet Mom Radio · School Talk

Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

On this very rainy Tuesday (when, yet again, all baseball games will be cancelled and the pressure will be on for me to actually make dinner), Keri and I hit the airwaves with our sixth episode of Planet Mom Radio. We talk about the never-ending gloating going on over Question 2 in Massachusetts: you won,… Continue reading Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

Rhode Island

My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

By Rosemary Miner Halfway through my second month as an emergency certified science teacher at Nowell Leadership Academy, Executive Director Toby Shepherd asked me if I would be interested in keeping a journal to documented the experience. Overwhelmed with everything I had to learn just to teach the next day and all the things I… Continue reading My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching