School Talk

My Sister Carla: A Personal Story About Mental Illness

By Laura Waters  I have an acute aversion to pretense. I think that’s why I react so strongly to charades like “New Jersey can remedy educational inequity by funneling massive amounts of money to poor urban districts”; or “98 percent of teachers are effective or highly effective”; or  “low student proficiency levels are the fault… Continue reading My Sister Carla: A Personal Story About Mental Illness

School Talk

Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ is Here, Handle With Care

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and that is either the perfect —or most imperfect— time for the release of Season 2 of the wildly popular and controversial Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why. Parents and schools were caught off guard last year when suddenly teens and tweens were binge watching a new 13 episode series that… Continue reading Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ is Here, Handle With Care

Rhode Island · School Talk

Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

Student voice matters and when middle school students decide they want to push back on the negative narrative surrounding their school, we need to listen. Half a dozen students and one alumnus of Roger Williams Middle School in Providence fielded questions last week as part of a panel discussion entitled “I am Roger Williams Middle… Continue reading Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

School Talk

HBO Shares Stories of Moms Who Are Afraid of Their Sons and a Mental Health Care System That is Failing Them

All of us who are parents know that bad behavior can often be attributed to overly permissive parenting that teaches a child that there are no consequences for their actions. We also know from research—and perhaps our own experiences either personally or professionally— that violence and trauma in the home and/or community is often the… Continue reading HBO Shares Stories of Moms Who Are Afraid of Their Sons and a Mental Health Care System That is Failing Them