School Talk

The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile

Sometimes it’s just good to find reasons to smile and schools are great places for that. So, we are staying away from the noise today and just taking a moment to enjoy the good stuff. I mean, we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving.  And I’m thankful for all of this. Ms. Lundgren is back! It’s… Continue reading The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile

School Talk

Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent at This School

I write from a place of privilege today.  I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of the fatal school stabbing was named Matthew. I have a Matthew too. I owe it to every parent who does worry to try and put myself in their shoes and… Continue reading Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent at This School

Rhode Island · School Talk

Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

The full text of Kiara Butler’s TEDxProvidence talk on September 30th, 2017 is below.    The Untold Truth by Kiara Butler I want to play a game But it has to be our game It has to be our secret That means you can’t tell anyone that we’re playing this game. Not even your friends.… Continue reading Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

Planet Mom Radio

01 An Introduction to Planet Mom Radio

Planet Mom Radio has finally launched and Keri and I are thrilled to be talking education and motherhood with Moms from anywhere and everywhere. (Dads, we hope you’ll tune in too!) In this inaugural episode of Planet Mom Radio, Keri and I discuss who we are and how this podcast came to be as well… Continue reading 01 An Introduction to Planet Mom Radio

School Talk

A Charter’s Bad Actions and the Awful Truth That We Have 8th Graders Who Can’t Read

We learned this week that Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in Woonsocket violated state policy and broke the school admission lottery rule by screening out students who hadn’t passed 8th grade math and English. They are guilty of what is commonly known as “creaming,” and they are the first charter school in my… Continue reading A Charter’s Bad Actions and the Awful Truth That We Have 8th Graders Who Can’t Read

School Talk

Now THIS kid knows how to apologize

An old friend of mine is currently an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts and his Facebook page is often a running stream of hilarious stories from his life as a teacher. But the following photo was too good not to share with all of you—it’s got sincerity, brilliance, simplicity, and chocolate! In a word, it’s… Continue reading Now THIS kid knows how to apologize

Rhode Island · School Talk

We Have a Winner (And She Says It’s All About Relationships with Kids)

Lauren Hopkins is the latest teacher in Rhode Island to be awarded what is widely considered the “Oscar” of teaching. It is the Milken award, a prestigious recognition of teaching excellence by the Milken Family Foundation that also comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Like all the greatest teachers, Hopkins is convinced that learning… Continue reading We Have a Winner (And She Says It’s All About Relationships with Kids)

Rhode Island · School Talk

3rd Grade Reading Tells Us a Lot About Who Is Likely To Finish High School

Third grade reading scores are a very big deal because they are accepted as the most predictive indicator of whether a student will finish high school. Hey Rhode Island, our 3rd grade reading results should be a very loud wake up call. Despite some significant improvements since 2015, our results were flat between last year… Continue reading 3rd Grade Reading Tells Us a Lot About Who Is Likely To Finish High School