Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio: Shaming Parents, The Opt-Out Non-Movement, RI’s New Partnership with Mass, Giraffes, and American Ninja Warrior too!

This week during our weekly chat, there was lots to talk about, as there always is. (I also made the giant mistake of chewing gum during this week’s episode so I apologize for that and promise it will never happen again! I thought spitting gum into a piece of paper would be a bad look… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Shaming Parents, The Opt-Out Non-Movement, RI’s New Partnership with Mass, Giraffes, and American Ninja Warrior too!

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio: Thermometers, PARCC, MCAS, Awesome Principals, and Money Money Money

Today Keri and I talk about the importance of annual testing (and Keri wonders why her 3rd grader feels anxious about a test she’s never even talked about!). I share the stories of two inspiring principals in Rhode Island: Julia Carlson who leads a large district high school and Osvaldo (OJ) Marti who leads a a… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Thermometers, PARCC, MCAS, Awesome Principals, and Money Money Money

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Two Moms, 6 Sons Between Us, and a Whole Lot of Education Stuff to Talk About…

We may not be fancy but Keri Rodriguez and I have a whole lot to talk about when it comes to educating kids and respecting parents as the stakeholders with the most skin in the game. While we muddle through the technical challenges of getting our official podcast ‘Planet Mom’ recorded and edited and work… Continue reading Two Moms, 6 Sons Between Us, and a Whole Lot of Education Stuff to Talk About…

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

My 4th and 6th grader are reading the same book in school. Does that matter?

My fourth grader and sixth grader are reading the same book in school right now.  That’s right. The book is The Lightning Thief.  And what’s more,  my sixth grader already read (and loved!) this very same book when he was in fourth grade at his prior school. Both schools, one charter and one traditional district… Continue reading My 4th and 6th grader are reading the same book in school. Does that matter?

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Stop Failing the Kids Helping You Most With Their Rosy Test Scores

It’s no secret that principals are pretty stoked when students who transfer into their schools have a history of high scores on required annual tests. School leaders feel great pressure to perform in the public eye and having a few more kids to bump those numbers up is certainly a welcome surprise. It’s usually light… Continue reading Stop Failing the Kids Helping You Most With Their Rosy Test Scores

Mommy Mayhem · Rhode Island

Popcorn and Popsicles Are Not a Problem

Sometimes it feels as though schools have lost their proverbial minds and all it takes is a strict (or insane) adherence to a “health and wellness policy” to make the case that indeed they have. But first, let’s get one thing out of the way. We all can agree that health and wellness are both… Continue reading Popcorn and Popsicles Are Not a Problem

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

It’s Book Fair Season and that should be a good thing but for those of us whose kids immediately do a beeline for the “non book” items, it’s not nearly as pleasant as it used to be.   In fact, the fair just might need to change its name to “Books and random crap Fair.”… Continue reading Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Let’s Bring The Noise on PARCC

PARCC testing begins tomorrow for my boys. Well, the youngest is in first grade and doesn’t take it yet but my 3rd and 5th graders are ready to go. They talk of it matter of factly, with the oldest claiming he actually likes testing days. I kind of used to be the same way, enjoying… Continue reading Let’s Bring The Noise on PARCC

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

I’ll Take An Express Pass for the Kids, Please

America’s children need an Express Pass. And they need it now. Full of promise but held back by a system that isn’t working for them, they need a way to move to the front of the line where all the privilege tends to reside. And an Express Pass can make that happen. Yep, that’s right.… Continue reading I’ll Take An Express Pass for the Kids, Please

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

All Teachers Are Not the Same

Mrs. Goddard with me at my high school graduation in 1991.  Today is the birthday of one of the best teachers I know. As I reflect on this extraordinary educator, my mind is drawn back to a piece by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post and I’m struck by how patently unfair it is to my teacher… Continue reading All Teachers Are Not the Same