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It turns out that contrary to popular belief, the wealth of a district doesn’t always predict student learning and the New York Times has created an interactive tool that allows us to take a look city by city. (They studied the 2,000 largest cities in the country.) Each of the gray dots below represents… Continue reading Turns out Wealth (or Lack Thereof) Doesn’t Always Predict Student Learning. Imagine That.
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”
There is something very wrong with outlets like Associated Press suddenly being concerned with what they deem to be “segregated” schools simply because parents of color are making their own choices about where to send their children to school. I guess only all-Black and all-Brown schools bother them since suburban kids have been attending all-white schools forever… Continue reading The Associated Press Never Complained That MY School Was Segregated. It Was 2 Percent Black.
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By Tracy Dell’Angella “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
In keeping with America’s new love affair with tribalism, Nancy Pelosi stood up for her colleague, Michigan Representative John Conyers, and extolled the virtues of due process during an appearance this weekend on Meet The Press. While under normal circumstances, we could all agree with Pelosi’s sentiments about the accused deserving due process, there is… Continue reading Due Process For My Side But Not For Yours
Each month in the state of Rhode Island, a teacher is surprised by TV cameras, a local news anchor, the Commissioner of Education to learn that they have won the Golden Apple Award because they’ve been nominated by a student or parent who thinks that they are pretty awesome. So, a really cool coincidence happened… Continue reading My Kid’s Teacher Wins the Golden Apple
It’s been 82 days since local TV and radio host Dan Yorke invited any lawmaker to come on his show and announce their support for making it illegal for teachers to have sexual relations with students who are sixteen or older. I was sitting in the studio when he did it on the heels of… Continue reading Rhode Island lawmakers Still Don’t Think It’s Wrong for Teachers and Students to Have Sexual Relationships
Sometimes it’s just good to find reasons to smile and schools are great places for that. So, we are staying away from the noise today and just taking a moment to enjoy the good stuff. I mean, we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. And I’m thankful for all of this. Ms. Lundgren is back! It’s… Continue reading The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile