Rhode Island

Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

While it’s not totally surprising that some members on my own town council are hesitant to embrace or welcome the children of families who can’t afford a single family home, it is disappointing to hear them speak of children as nothing more than dollars and cents for the school system. But that’s what a few… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

Rhode Island · School Talk

Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

Tufts Health Plan paid for 260 Providence high school students to attend a screening of the film Black Panther as part of the Black Panther Challenge. The challenge is a national movement that was organized to help urban youth see this film that represents their first opportunity to see a superhero movie with a cast… Continue reading Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

Rhode Island · School Talk

Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

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.

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

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)

Rhode Island · School Talk

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