Rhode Island · School Talk

I Had the Best Time With My Former Students This Week: Girl Time, College Essays, and Lots of Laughs

Anyone who has worked in a school can tell you that students can be tonic for the soul. Without realizing they are doing it, they pull us out of ourselves—our lousy morning, a bad mood, and even a really bad hair day. It is impossible to be focused on oneself inside a school because it… Continue reading I Had the Best Time With My Former Students This Week: Girl Time, College Essays, and Lots of Laughs

Rhode Island · School Talk

Pawtucket: A Tale of Two Cities, An Injustice for Students

As R.I. weighs a $2.2B investment in crumbling buildings, Pawtucket offers a study in contrasts, with the rewards of renovation and the risks of delayed repairs visible on the same street. –Providence Journal, January 28, 2018 The Providence Journal has begun a series on what they describe as Rhode Island’s “decrepit” schools. Here is an… Continue reading Pawtucket: A Tale of Two Cities, An Injustice for Students

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BowFlex Update and Still No Mention of Student Outcomes (But We Did Get a Little Closer)

As I continue on my Bowflex journey—I’m in week 2—I found myself again leaning on my Governor to to get me through a work out. This time, instead of it being her annual State of the State address, it was a rare visit to the television studio as a guest Dan Yorke State of Mind.… Continue reading BowFlex Update and Still No Mention of Student Outcomes (But We Did Get a Little Closer)

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WPRI’s Dan McGowan With a ‘Must Read’ on the Guilty Verdict of School Principal Violet LeMar

We are very lucky to have Dan McGowan in Providence because he provides us with the information that all of us want and often struggle to find. In the aftermath of the multi-day trial of elementary school principal Violet LeMar in which the judge found her guilty, McGowan does his best to help all of… Continue reading WPRI’s Dan McGowan With a ‘Must Read’ on the Guilty Verdict of School Principal Violet LeMar

Mommy Mayhem · Rhode Island · School Talk

My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

Tonight was the Rhode Island Governor’s State of the State Address. Gina Raimondo is beginning the final year of her first term and her address was predictable in that it had some stellar moments and well deserved applause lines as well as some glaring omissions. But I am already indebted to my Governor because her… Continue reading My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

Rhode Island · School Talk

Let’s Stop Tip-Toeing Around the Hard Truths About RI’s Schools

This is a letter to the editor that first ran here in the Newport Daily News. Its author is Mike Cullen, of Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab and the Rhode Island STEAM Academy. Decisions made on education now will be felt for years to come Sen. Lou DiPalma is to be commended for his recent Guest… Continue reading Let’s Stop Tip-Toeing Around the Hard Truths About RI’s Schools

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Hey Santa, All I Want for Christmas is a Constitutional Right To an Education

Dear Santa, My state of Rhode Island really needs to free itself of the shackles of shame and fix a few things for its students fast. I’m hoping you can help. While it’s true that being nonconformist can be enthralling and even a source of pride, that can’t be said of perpetuating laws that deny… Continue reading Hey Santa, All I Want for Christmas is a Constitutional Right To an Education

Rhode Island · School Talk

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

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