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Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day

By Shawnta Barnes Depending on when school districts returned from winter break in Indiana, they have already had 1-2 school cancellations due to inclement weather.  Indiana students are required to attend school for 180 instructional days.  When school is cancelled, districts have to grapple with the best plan of action to makeup the missed instructional… Continue reading Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day

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3 Maneras en Que Usted Puede Ejercer Su Poder Para Impactar la Educación de Su Hijo

By Melissa Albarenga La definición de Poder, es la capacidad de actuar. Muchas veces la palabra poder, puede ser intimidante. Quiero que se detenga y piense en todas las cosas que le vienen a la mente cuando escucha, o lee, la palabra poder. Usted puede estar pensando en autoridad, dinero, oficiales de policía, incluso sus… Continue reading 3 Maneras en Que Usted Puede Ejercer Su Poder Para Impactar la Educación de Su Hijo

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Let’s Stop Tip-Toeing Around the Hard Truths About RI’s Schools

This is a letter to the editor that first ran here in the Newport Daily News. Its author is Mike Cullen, of Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab and the Rhode Island STEAM Academy. Decisions made on education now will be felt for years to come Sen. Lou DiPalma is to be commended for his recent Guest… Continue reading Let’s Stop Tip-Toeing Around the Hard Truths About RI’s Schools

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Press Release on New Video Series at Education Post: African-Americans Talk Education

  Black Parents, Teachers and Students Want Everyone to Stop Having the Education Conversation ‘About Them Without Them’ Education Post Video Series Shows African-Americans Getting Real on Education   Chicago, IL – More than 40 Black teachers, parents and students gathered in Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens to speak candidly in a new video series… Continue reading Press Release on New Video Series at Education Post: African-Americans Talk Education

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Guest Post: I’m a Fierce Advocate For Educational Equity. And Then I Had My Own Kid. With Autism.

By Zachary Wright For years, I have experienced the world of education through the role of a teacher. I’ve engaged in discussions about fair funding formulas and school segregation. I’ve advocated for access to effective charter schools. I’ve mentored students who, due to systemic racism both in education as well as housing, find themselves without… Continue reading Guest Post: I’m a Fierce Advocate For Educational Equity. And Then I Had My Own Kid. With Autism.

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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’Angela “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