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My Kid’s Teacher Wins the Golden Apple

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

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Rhode Island lawmakers Still Don’t Think It’s Wrong for Teachers and Students to Have Sexual Relationships

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

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Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

The full text of Kiara Butler’s TEDxProvidence talk on September 30th, 2017 is below.    The Untold Truth by Kiara Butler I want to play a game But it has to be our game It has to be our secret That means you can’t tell anyone that we’re playing this game. Not even your friends.… Continue reading Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

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We Have a Winner (And She Says It’s All About Relationships with Kids)

Lauren Hopkins is the latest teacher in Rhode Island to be awarded what is widely considered the “Oscar” of teaching. It is the Milken award, a prestigious recognition of teaching excellence by the Milken Family Foundation that also comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Like all the greatest teachers, Hopkins is convinced that learning… Continue reading We Have a Winner (And She Says It’s All About Relationships with Kids)

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3rd Grade Reading Tells Us a Lot About Who Is Likely To Finish High School

Third grade reading scores are a very big deal because they are accepted as the most predictive indicator of whether a student will finish high school. Hey Rhode Island, our 3rd grade reading results should be a very loud wake up call. Despite some significant improvements since 2015, our results were flat between last year… Continue reading 3rd Grade Reading Tells Us a Lot About Who Is Likely To Finish High School

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My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

I am lucky to have the opportunity to occasionally share what I know and think about local education issues on Dan Yorke’s radio and TV programs. I wrote about the situation in Warwick earlier in the week here and appeared on Dan Yorke State of Mind the next day. Since my appearance, a tentative agreement between… Continue reading My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

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They May Live in the Poorest City in the State But #YesTheyCan

It’s always inspiring, not to mention remarkable, when students defy the odds and succeed despite the naysayers. Central Falls, Rhode Island is a poor community where 65 percent of its residents are Latino and it bears the nickname “The Comeback City” for good reason and one local charter school is a big part of that.… Continue reading They May Live in the Poorest City in the State But #YesTheyCan

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This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

Additional charges have been brought against Providence PE teacher, James Duffy, according to reporting by Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau of WPRI.  And he will have his day in court. But a recent statement by his attorney reveals a total lack of understanding  —ignorance, in face— when it comes to the abuse of children by… Continue reading This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

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I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

We all agree we need to do a better job of protecting kids and while an explosive story plays out in Providence and a principal finds herself charged with a misdemeanor, we realize we have more questions than answers. In the aftermath of the arrest of a Providence elementary school principal for failure to contact… Continue reading I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

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2017 PARCC Results in RI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

PARCC data is in and while the overall news isn’t good, there are some bright spots for sure including huge gains at some schools and far more students taking the SAT now that it’s free. Big shout out to all the schools that posted significant gains and/or are members of the elite club that Dan… Continue reading 2017 PARCC Results in RI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly