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Hashtags and Boycotts: Responses to the Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

Another school shooting means another news cycle of agreement that “enough is enough” but disagreement over what needs to change to stem the carnage we saw again, this time at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Eighteen-year-old Andrew Schneidawind started the hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting over the weekend in response to the latest school shooting… Continue reading Hashtags and Boycotts: Responses to the Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

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How Teachers Can Support Fasting Students During Ramadhan

By Rusul Albrubail Last year, my friend Sharif El-Mekki wrote a piece entitled 4 Ways We Can Support Muslim Students During Ramadhan and Year-Round. For the next decade or so, the month of Ramadhan will fall during the school year and schools should include awareness and support during their yearly planning. Below you is a different… Continue reading How Teachers Can Support Fasting Students During Ramadhan

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My Sister Carla: A Personal Story About Mental Illness

By Laura Waters  I have an acute aversion to pretense. I think that’s why I react so strongly to charades like “New Jersey can remedy educational inequity by funneling massive amounts of money to poor urban districts”; or “98 percent of teachers are effective or highly effective”; or  “low student proficiency levels are the fault… Continue reading My Sister Carla: A Personal Story About Mental Illness

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Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ is Here, Handle With Care

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and that is either the perfect —or most imperfect— time for the release of Season 2 of the wildly popular and controversial Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why. Parents and schools were caught off guard last year when suddenly teens and tweens were binge watching a new 13 episode series that… Continue reading Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ is Here, Handle With Care

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Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

Student voice matters and when middle school students decide they want to push back on the negative narrative surrounding their school, we need to listen. Half a dozen students and one alumnus of Roger Williams Middle School in Providence fielded questions last week as part of a panel discussion entitled “I am Roger Williams Middle… Continue reading Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

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HBO Shares Stories of Moms Who Are Afraid of Their Sons and a Mental Health Care System That is Failing Them

All of us who are parents know that bad behavior can often be attributed to overly permissive parenting that teaches a child that there are no consequences for their actions. We also know from research—and perhaps our own experiences either personally or professionally— that violence and trauma in the home and/or community is often the… Continue reading HBO Shares Stories of Moms Who Are Afraid of Their Sons and a Mental Health Care System That is Failing Them

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Our Children Have Autism, These are Our Stories

All of us mothers grapple with the myriad challenges that are part and parcel of motherhood. But some moms face obstacles every day that only other moms of children with special needs can fully understand and the women featured here bravely share their personal stories in the hope that it will help more children find… Continue reading Our Children Have Autism, These are Our Stories

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Gun Free Zones Mean Different Things to Different People. Especially Parents.

A grieving, and now well-known Parkland father, has put a new spin on the school choice debate and it’s not about arts programs, longer school days, or dual language. It’s about guns and whether a parent prefers that their child spend their days in a gun-free zone or in a school where the safety plan includes… Continue reading Gun Free Zones Mean Different Things to Different People. Especially Parents.

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Why I Would Never Opt My Kids Out of Tests

Opting out of testing is like opting out of our personal and collective responsibility as parents. As a mother, I want to know how my own kids are doing but, arguably more importantly, we all need to know how all kids are doing. We would not even be aware of the seismic gaps between white… Continue reading Why I Would Never Opt My Kids Out of Tests

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Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

Most people in Rhode Island don’t even have a full understanding of what a charter school actually is so it’s highly unlikely that they are aware of the disadvantages these public schools of choice face when it comes to acquiring needed space and facilities. While traditional school districts do not pay for their facilities out… Continue reading Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector