Connecticut · School Talk

Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

Gwen Samuel is an unapologetic advocate for children whose work started in Hartford, Connecticut and whose commitment to empowering parents to work for justice is unwavering. While many doubt the ability of regular folks to bring about change, Gwen proves it is possible and she has inspired countless parents and lawmakers along the way —including me.… Continue reading Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

Rhode Island · School Talk

Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

Grown ups are supposed to set an example for kids —and do right by them— but in Rhode Island politics, childish behavior abounds at the state house. Last week we literally saw the Speaker of the House, Nick Mattiello, take his ball and go home because he didn’t get his way. And he didn’t only… Continue reading Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

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We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

By Jessica Waters I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the oval office with President Obama to receive an award for excellence in teaching. I was there as the 2013 RI Teacher of the Year to represent the teachers in my state and to honor the… Continue reading We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

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Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

By Gwen Samuel While many were celebrating the 4th of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July 5, 1852,  “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and applying it to the state of education for Black, brown and poor children in… Continue reading Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

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The NEA spends the 4th of July Working and Fighting Against Independence For Parents

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Independence Matters July 5th Too

July 4th is about independence. Most people have the day off and we even light up the sky to celebrate the independence of our nation. We sit under the beating sun to watch parades go by and we scour Pinterest for the latest versions of red, white, and blue themed desserts and party favors. But… Continue reading Independence Matters July 5th Too