By Lane Wright Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized tests actually help students? The short answer: Standardized tests are a spotlight that helps education leaders see what effect schools are having on students. With that information they can make changes to address students’ needs.… Continue reading Does Standardized Testing Help Students?
Happy Friday everyone! I celebrated my 45th birthday this week which explains my sudden appreciation for anti-aging products and my newfound commitment to Weight Watchers. Yup. For the very first time, I am a Weight Watchers member and I must say that even I am surprised at the discipline I’ve shown…for the past 13 days.… Continue reading Smart Moms on Roseanne, Mental Health, School Justice, Black Excellence and Celebration
The gripping teenage drama “Thirteen Reasons Why” is a Netflix original series and despite its rating of TV-MA (Mature Audience), pediatricians are weighing in with reports of elementary age students ‘binge watching’ the show. Healthychildren.org, a website that is directly linked to the American Academy of Pediatrics, has put together a list of Tips… Continue reading “Thirteen Reasons Why”: Tips for Parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Dealing with The Netflix Series.
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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