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Oklahoma School Leader channels Shirley Chisolm: “Run Young People, Run”

I had the privilege of visiting Oklahoma this past September and one of the highlights was visiting Greenwood Leadership Academy and meeting their founding principal, Kojo Asamoa-Caesar. I recently spotted a post on his Facebook page that expressed a message that really resonated with me and I asked Kojo if I could publish it as… Continue reading Oklahoma School Leader channels Shirley Chisolm: “Run Young People, Run”

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How do we find middle ground on the school discipline debate? Ask the students

By Tracy Dell’Angella “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” I had to ask the 7th grader this question three times before he stopped pushing his classmate, looked at me, and answered me with a smirk: “I’m playing.” Whatever was happening,… Continue reading How do we find middle ground on the school discipline debate? Ask the students

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Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

The full text of Kiara Butler’s TEDxProvidence talk on September 30th, 2017 is below.    The Untold Truth by Kiara Butler I want to play a game But it has to be our game It has to be our secret That means you can’t tell anyone that we’re playing this game. Not even your friends.… Continue reading Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

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Black and Brown Students: Kumbaya, You’re Suspended

By Beth Hawkins (This piece is about Minneapolis, Minnesota and should be a call to action for all of us to look into what is happening in our city and our state. ) You can’t both call for restorative discipline and grease the school-to-prison pipeline Let’s make a deal. Let’s add “restorative discipline” to the… Continue reading Black and Brown Students: Kumbaya, You’re Suspended

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Mitchell Chester Believed in Second Chances And I am So Grateful For That

By Holland Landy On the morning of June 27, 2017, I was about a week into my summer break, sitting on my couch having my morning coffee when news broke that Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Commissioner Mitchell Chester had passed away. He had been appointed to the Massachusetts state board of education as… Continue reading Mitchell Chester Believed in Second Chances And I am So Grateful For That

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Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

By Shawnta Barnes This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day.  This day was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health and is celebrated on October 10 each year.  This year’s theme is, “Mental health in the workplace.” Over the last few years, mindfulness and social emotional learning have become buzzwords in schools.… Continue reading Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

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Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

by Tracy Dell’Angela SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore these three facts. The test is easier than it was a year ago. The achievement gap between students of different races and parental education levels is just as… Continue reading Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

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An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

Dear Matt Damon – You don’t know me, although we do have some mutual acquaintances. Those would be families whose children attend(ed) a New York City private school alongside your daughters. I, in fact, am the person who helped them with the application process for those schools. Because that’s what I do, Matt Damon. I help… Continue reading An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

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Guest Post: Boys of Color Need Personalized Learning

By David McGuire Imagine if school was centered and designed around the needs of all students? It is a fairly simple question that seems to have a very simple answer; the answer is personalized learning. What is personalized learning? The beauty is there is not a concrete definition. Personalized learning will look different in every… Continue reading Guest Post: Boys of Color Need Personalized Learning

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Guest Post: Parents, Why Are We Doing This?

By Tracy Dell’Angella We’ve known this for a while, but here’s another survey to add fuel to the fire: Parents tend to inflate their kids’ academic progress and deflate their kids’ emotional resilience. In a nutshell, they don’t worry enough about the fact that schools are increasingly unable to prepare students with the skills they… Continue reading Guest Post: Parents, Why Are We Doing This?