“Overage and under-credited” is a term used to describe older students, typically 16- to 20-year-old young adults who have fallen behind their initial high school graduation cohort. For many such students, the path to a high school diploma can be a complicated one. It’s a path that requires intensive supports and creative thinking.” (Projo, 8/15/17)… Continue reading Charter and District Leaders Tackling the Issue of Students Who Are Over-Age and Under-Credited, Together
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In light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this post isn’t about schools. It’s about something even more important and vital to us ever getting to a place where we can make schools better for every child in America. There is a special kind of cognitive dissonance when on the very day I head… Continue reading White America, Time to Get Louder
You’ve got to be kidding me. Steven Singer has actually penned a piece in which he makes the claim that Common Core has led to a spike in middle school suicides. Though he does admit that there are a variety of reasons for the increase, he stands firm in his claim that the Common Core… Continue reading No. Common Core Did Not Cause a Spike in Middle School Suicides (And to Say It Did Is Reprehensible)
We’ve all seen the lists that rank states, cities, and towns in terms of pretty much everything: water quality, business friendliness, safe neighborhoods, and yes, the schools. With all of these lists—that often cause a bit too much gloating for those at the top and a bit too much piling on of those on the… Continue reading RI Only New England State Not in Top 10. The Question is Why?
I have the absolute privilege of working alongside some incredibly smart and brave people, people willing to stand up to the power players and put themselves out there because they believe it will help kids and help families. While they don’t all come down on the same side of every issue, they push my thinking… Continue reading When Friends Say it Best: Black Voices on How the NAACP Has Lost its Way
Planet Mom Radio is back and has been broadcasting live from my kitchen—despite the distractions of kids walking around, dogs barking, and mounds of laundry, we still managed to talk about lots of mom stuff and school stuff. The first episode here touches on how much food kids go through during the summer, how my… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio Comes to My Kitchen in Rhode Island. Twice!
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Teacher Duties. They tend to be front and center during contract negotiations. During my years as a teacher, mine included lunch duty, mezzanine duty, and 2nd floor hallway duty. Lunch duty was cool because I could visit with lots of kids in an informal way and even remind them about an assignment or ask about… Continue reading This Teacher Duty Was a Game-Changer for Me as a Mom
Massachusetts and Rhode Island share a dirty little secret: neither has passed a law that makes it illegal for teachers to have sex with their students. I know. It’s pretty unbelievable. While consent laws theoretically protect all students under sixteen, there is a window of time during which students aren’t protected under the law —basically… Continue reading Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up