We are in the midst of a nor’easter and while many who live in other places are getting loads of snow, here in northern Rhode Island we are getting heavy rain and wind. Anyone who knows me well can likely predict that I am working and writing from home today, still in my pajamas, with… Continue reading It’s Friday And The Moms Say What?
This Store Listened, Reflected and Took Action It didn’t take a change in law for Dick’s Sporting Goods to change course when it comes to their sale of firearms. They watched a tragedy unfold before their eyes, listened to students (on the topic of gun violence, and made a decision to do things differently.… Continue reading Dick’s Sporting Goods Gets an A and the Washington Post Gets an F
West Virginia is in an educational crisis right now with a statewide teacher strike now in its 4th day. Schools in all 55 counties are closed and while teachers descend on the capital, hold signs, and advocate for more pay, parents are scrambling to find childcare so that they can continue to work. The state… Continue reading Statewide Teachers’ Strike in West Virginia Keeps 275,000 Students Home From School for 4 Days and Counting
When Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was recently shouted down by the city’s teachers throughout the entirety of his state of the city address, he was forced to answer some questions about the current status of negotiations between his administration and the Providence Teachers’ Union. Anyone in the chamber that night— or watching from home as… Continue reading Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like
By Shawnta Barnes When it comes to movies, I’m a Netflix and chill kind of girl. I typically watch movies after all the spoilers have appeared online. My husband, on the other hand, wants to be in the movie theater the weekend a film is released. What typically happens is my husband goes to the… Continue reading We Need Wakandan Principles in Our Society Today
By Zachary Wright By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches, visitors from educational non-profit organizations, principals and assistant principals, no fewer than 15 times. Each visit resulted in formal observation ratings, and feedback on specific areas of my teaching strengths as well… Continue reading I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible
By Chyrise Harris I was 15 years old the first time I experienced a school lockdown. Our teachers locked the classroom doors. Our busy hallways emptied. And no one was allowed in or out of the building. All the while, 18 miles away police were trying to figure out how to stop the spray of gunfire at… Continue reading I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong
It is always a pleasure to visit the set of Dan Yorke State of Mind and have a conversation about education issues. I wasn’t planning to talk about a devastating school shooting when I was booked to do the show but obviously that was the first thing to come up. After talking about the complexity… Continue reading TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low
Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.
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