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Think of Calvin. Please.

African Americans, especially the men and boys, find themselves caught up in a system of law enforcement that still, in 2017, isn’t working for them. I don’t pretend to know how that feels. My experience with law enforcement was usually by way of parties when I was in high school where kids breaking the law… Continue reading Think of Calvin. Please.

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Sydney Chaffee talks privilege, legacy, and inevitable mistakes at #EdRising17

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Because He IS My Elvis

I just spent a few days in Chicago and was lucky enough to meet Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education, for the second time. I’m not usually one to race over to to people and ask them to take a picture with me but I really wanted one with Arne this time around since… Continue reading Because He IS My Elvis

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Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer

Windy City or Bust! Planet Mom Radio has been in Chicago for the past fews and enjoying the privilege of meeting so many education advocates and parents from all over the country. Keri and I talk about two highly successful schools that are under attack in MA and RI and then we shifted to hosting… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer

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RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State

Every year it’s the same story. The legislative session nears the end and suddenly, the highest performing Title I school in the state finds itself under attack by local politicians who, just a few short years ago, supported the creation of these very same schools.  Blackstone Valley Prep, the only intentionally diverse public school in… Continue reading RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State

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My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

There is perhaps no better way to tackle bias and judgement than to have kids from all backgrounds, all neighborhoods, and all skin shades learning in the same place every day. One school in Rhode Island has done just that and they just won School of the Year from The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Board.… Continue reading My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

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Providence Supe to Graduates: “There Will Always Be Doubters But They Don’t Know You”

Providence Superintendent Chris Maher speaks to graduates about how their hard work and resilience in the face of tremendous challenges gives him hope during these uncertain times. The full text of his speech is below. Class of 2017, today is a wonderful day. Today is a glorious day. Today is a day where you are surrounded… Continue reading Providence Supe to Graduates: “There Will Always Be Doubters But They Don’t Know You”

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Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

WPRI reporter Dan McGowan has done a deep dive about Rhode Island’s new plan to improve schools. Under the new federal education law ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), each state is required to submit a plan that must be approved by the US Department of Education and the day to submit is getting close. McGowan… Continue reading Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

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“Now You Know Better”: 1st Commencement Address by a Person of Color at My Alma Mater (after 148 years!)

I have been out of high school since 1991 and I am so very proud to know that the students in the class of 2017 voted overwhelmingly to have Mr. Grant Hightower, the METCO director, speak at their graduation. There is much wisdom in his words and I only wish that my own students in Massachusetts,… Continue reading “Now You Know Better”: 1st Commencement Address by a Person of Color at My Alma Mater (after 148 years!)

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Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

On this very rainy Tuesday (when, yet again, all baseball games will be cancelled and the pressure will be on for me to actually make dinner), Keri and I hit the airwaves with our sixth episode of Planet Mom Radio. We talk about the never-ending gloating going on over Question 2 in Massachusetts: you won,… Continue reading Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!