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Campus Sexual Assault: No Easy Answers

Sexual Assault. It’s always a bad thing. It’s a crime. And it’s something that far too many women, men, and boys carry with them as part of their past. For some it’s during childhood at the hands of a family member or other trusted adult. For others, it happens later at the hands of their… Continue reading Campus Sexual Assault: No Easy Answers

Blog · Massachusetts

Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor

No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it is especially annoying when the attack dogs get their facts wrong and leave out important and relevant information. At the same time, however, these ad hominem pieces are a sign that something is… Continue reading Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor

Blog · Rhode Island

RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers

Something really cool is happening in my neck of the woods this week and again during a second week later in the summer: a camp dedicated to sports writing. Rhode Island Write On Sports uses sports as a hook to develop writing and communication skills in middle schoolers who are deemed to be “at risk.”… Continue reading RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers

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Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

Gwen Samuel is an unapologetic advocate for children whose work started in Hartford, Connecticut and whose commitment to empowering parents to work for justice is unwavering. While many doubt the ability of regular folks to bring about change, Gwen proves it is possible and she has inspired countless parents and lawmakers along the way —including me.… Continue reading Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

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Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

Grown ups are supposed to set an example for kids —and do right by them— but in Rhode Island politics, childish behavior abounds at the state house. Last week we literally saw the Speaker of the House, Nick Mattiello, take his ball and go home because he didn’t get his way. And he didn’t only… Continue reading Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

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The NEA spends the 4th of July Working and Fighting Against Independence For Parents

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Independence Matters July 5th Too

July 4th is about independence. Most people have the day off and we even light up the sky to celebrate the independence of our nation. We sit under the beating sun to watch parades go by and we scour Pinterest for the latest versions of red, white, and blue themed desserts and party favors. But… Continue reading Independence Matters July 5th Too

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Stay Up to Date on Providence Teacher Arrest

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NewsReel: Voices of Change, a Haven for Teen Moms, and Sexual Molestation Charges Filed Against Elementary PE Teacher

First, the Good News 1. Read about these leaders who are working to reshape the education landscape in Little Rhody. I am lucky enough to know them personally so I’m extra happy to see their work highlighted here. The mom quoted in the piece speaks for many parents (and I was lucky enough to teach her… Continue reading NewsReel: Voices of Change, a Haven for Teen Moms, and Sexual Molestation Charges Filed Against Elementary PE Teacher

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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.