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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?

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How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

By Peter Cunningham On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of engaging teachers in policy development. It’s called “How to Be Heard.” I have just begun reading it, and I am hopeful it will drive dialogue about the… Continue reading How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

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Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

By Jason Allen Don’t get me wrong, as a member of the NAACP, former youth & college division leader, founder of the my college chapter and liaison between local schools to the ACTSO competition, I believe in the local, regional and national work of NAACP leaders. However, this time, I believe that the NAACP as… Continue reading Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

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We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

By Jessica Waters I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the oval office with President Obama to receive an award for excellence in teaching. I was there as the 2013 RI Teacher of the Year to represent the teachers in my state and to honor the… Continue reading We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

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Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

By Gwen Samuel While many were celebrating the 4th of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July 5, 1852,  “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and applying it to the state of education for Black, brown and poor children in… Continue reading Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

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Push Us Towards Education, Please.

By Dashaun Robinson For many young people at risk in today’s world, an internal battle exists pitting monetary gains against self enlightenment. Which is stronger: education or money? Now if you’re saying to yourself, “well that’s an easy one,” then you are probably reading this from your comfy desk, at your stable job. But for… Continue reading Push Us Towards Education, Please.

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We Strap Roller Skates on Their Feet and Push Parents Out the Door

By Shawnta Barnes At the recent Citizen Education Blogger Training and Media Meet-up, titled “A Discussion of Education, the Media, and Our Communities in Washington D.C.”, there was a panel discussion on education, poverty, racial justice, and the media. Panelist Pat Brantley, CEO of Friendship Public Charter Schools, when speaking about parents exercising choice said, “Parents when… Continue reading We Strap Roller Skates on Their Feet and Push Parents Out the Door

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What I Learned on A Listening Tour With 100 Students

By Charles Cole “If you could address any issue regarding education, school, and your community, what would it be?” That’s the question that got students talking the most. You see, I just embarked on a 100-student listening campaign to hear more about what students want from school. Before we launch the Energy Convertors Student Voice Fellowship this… Continue reading What I Learned on A Listening Tour With 100 Students

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Suburban Schools Need To Change Too

By Peter Cunningham School reform advocate Derrell Bradford and policy writer Andy Rotherham hit on it. Illinois education writer Tracy Dell’Angela has a blog focused on it. Teacher/education writer Robert Pondiscio said it was a factor in the anti-charter vote in Massachusetts last fall. And former Education Secretary Arne Duncan famously broached the subject in 2013. “It” is the long overdue conversation about educational quality… Continue reading Suburban Schools Need To Change Too

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Less Than Half of the Families Pitch In?

I am surprised to learn that even in affluent school districts in California only around 40 percent of families make financial contributions to their schools’ fundraising efforts. I have no idea what that number would be here in Rhode Island or in neighboring states but this piece definitely provides food for thought on how (and… Continue reading Less Than Half of the Families Pitch In?