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We Need Wakandan Principles in Our Society Today

By Shawnta Barnes When it comes to movies, I’m a Netflix and chill kind of girl.  I typically watch movies after all the spoilers have appeared online.  My husband, on the other hand, wants to be in the movie theater the weekend a film is released.  What typically happens is my husband goes to the… Continue reading We Need Wakandan Principles in Our Society Today

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I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

By Zachary Wright By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches, visitors from educational non-profit organizations, principals and assistant principals, no fewer than 15 times. Each visit resulted in formal observation ratings, and feedback on specific areas of my teaching strengths as well… Continue reading I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

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I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong

By Chyrise Harris I was 15 years old the first time I experienced a school lockdown. Our teachers locked the classroom doors. Our busy hallways emptied. And no one was allowed in or out of the building. All the while, 18 miles away police were trying to figure out how to stop the spray of gunfire at… Continue reading I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong

Rhode Island · School Talk

TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low

It is always a pleasure to visit the set of Dan Yorke State of Mind and have a conversation about education issues. I wasn’t planning to talk about a devastating school shooting when I was booked to do the show but obviously that was the first thing to come up. After talking about the complexity… Continue reading TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low

Rhode Island · School Talk

My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

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Umm, No, That’s Wrong

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This Professor Looks at the Impact of Charter Schools and Achievement Gaps

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Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Moms Say What? That’s Right.

In news you can’t use (but can probably relate to), the laundry (aka pops of color) continues to pile up this week though I did find 13 socks outside so that made the piles a bit smaller I guess. (On the bright side, while my dogs both love to grab socks and run outside with… Continue reading Moms Say What? That’s Right.

Mommy Mayhem

FUN-bruary Just May Be the Death of Me, OMG!

For the record, everything in this piece is true. Every single thing. So help me God.  FUN-bruary! It’s that time of year when many schools shift into fun mode and each day of the month has a different theme. Yes, five days a week for four weeks, your kids are telling you at [9:00] at… Continue reading FUN-bruary Just May Be the Death of Me, OMG!

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Tulsa Elementary Students Perform “I am Excellence”

Meet these awesome sixth grade students from Sankofa Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they prepare for their Black History performance. I actually had the distinct pleasure of meeting these very same kids in September during a visit to Oklahoma and they gave me a sneak preview when they were just learning it. It is… Continue reading Tulsa Elementary Students Perform “I am Excellence”