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Guest Post: A Teacher’s Advice on Opposing the Herd in EdChats

By Blake Harvard If you’ve ever ventured into the land of edchats on Twitter, you’ve probably experienced the feeling of seeing someone tweet information that you either disagree with or know to be false.  How/when do you potentially question this person respectfully to ask about their tweet? What do you say? Recently on twitter I… Continue reading Guest Post: A Teacher’s Advice on Opposing the Herd in EdChats

Rhode Island · School Talk

Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

It would be an understatement to say that the earth shook a bit in Providence last week when the United States Department of Justice revealed that Providence Public Schools has got a major problem when it comes to how it is serving—and not serving—its English Language Learners. We now know that PPSD and the DOJ… Continue reading Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

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Suspension Simply Wasn’t the Answer. And That Happens A Lot.

Her name is Alexandra. She was a student in a school where I used to work and she was one of those kids who challenges you, causes her share of trouble, and comes to appreciate and love you deeply when you’ve earned her trust. Oh, she steals your heart too. To this day, a letter… Continue reading Suspension Simply Wasn’t the Answer. And That Happens A Lot.

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

School Supply Lists Can Make a Girl Crazy

Oh joy, the school supply lists arrived by email this week. Of course, as many of you know, this is only the first round of supply lists, the one that we learned a long time ago doesn’t always jibe with what the teachers actually require the kids to have. This is the supply list that… Continue reading School Supply Lists Can Make a Girl Crazy

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Now You Care About the Other Kids? Come on, Val

Valerie Strauss is well known for her education writing at Answer Sheet in the Washington Post. She writes with a an anti-reform bias, that she makes no effort to hide, and like most education minded folks this week, she decided to weigh in on the opening of LeBron James’ school in Akron, Ohio. One would… Continue reading Now You Care About the Other Kids? Come on, Val

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If Your Biggest Problem Is Daddy Ball, You’re the Lucky One

If there’s one thing that gets today’s parents upset, it is when they think that their child isn’t getting the playing time they deserve on a team. There are all sorts of reasons for this “injustice,” not the least of which is when the coach plays his own son or daughter over players that are… Continue reading If Your Biggest Problem Is Daddy Ball, You’re the Lucky One

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Huge Disconnect Between Parents and Teachers on Value (and Danger!) of Digital Devices

I was folding laundry (what else is new?) and had the TV on in the background when a segment on the show Full Measure with Sharyl Attkison came on that caught my attention. The segment was called “Digital Impact” and its focus was on the huge disconnect between how parents and teachers view digital devices.  … Continue reading Huge Disconnect Between Parents and Teachers on Value (and Danger!) of Digital Devices

Rhode Island

We Have a Problem With Fractions

When Dan Yorke (of Dan Yorke State of Mind) asked Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner, about our math scores being “in the dumper,” Wagner replied with one simple explanation: “We have a problem with fractions.” And it was clear from the conversation that the problem isn’t limited to our students but extends to the… Continue reading We Have a Problem With Fractions

Rhode Island · School Talk

Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

In September, CCRI reported a 47 percent jump in its enrollment of full-time students who have just graduated high school, a boost that the college attributed to the promise of two years of free tuition. But the college later acknowledged that only a fraction of those students were on track to graduate in two years.… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

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Former Camden Supe Adds Nuance and Wisdom to School Discipline, Restorative Justice Debate

As everyone who closely follows education policy knows, discipline is a hot issue and has been for a while. As the data consistently shows, there are concerning disparities in suspensions and overall consequences for black and brown students when compared with white students.  But the conversation, in typical 2018 style, has devolved into an assuming… Continue reading Former Camden Supe Adds Nuance and Wisdom to School Discipline, Restorative Justice Debate