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
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
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
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?
By Tracy Dell’Angela Do we need a charter movement in the suburbs? Education activist Derrell Bradford recently argued that yes, we do–but mostly because it broadens the base of clout-heavy supporters and makes it more palatable for self-interested politicians to “do the right thing” on school choice. I would agree, but for a very… Continue reading Guest Post: A political play or pushback against mediocrity? Why we need charter schools in the suburbs
By Lisa Tenreiro On Friday, January 6th, I had the honor of a lifetime. I got to stand behind First Lady Michelle Obama alongside forty-four of my fellow State Counselors of the Year as she shared her final remarks as First Lady to our entire nation and to the world. Mrs. Obama chose to deliver these… Continue reading Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington
By Karla E. Vigil and Carlon Howard Currently, RI’s education workforce is over 95 percent white. With less than 5 percent of educators identifying at people of color, our urban students are faced with teachers and content each day that do not reflect their lived experiences both in and outside of the school day.… Continue reading Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups
Millennials wield a great deal of power in this election and that rings particularly true in Boston. According to SPARK Boston, millennials make up nearly half of the city’s workforce and approximately 45 percent of eligible voters. I am one of them. Yet, I’m guessing most millennials haven’t spent much time thinking about how they… Continue reading Guest Post: Massachusetts Millennials Have Unique Opportunity to Use Their Voting Power to Help Children