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Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up

Massachusetts and Rhode Island share a dirty little secret: neither has passed a law that makes it illegal for teachers to have sex with their students. I know. It’s pretty unbelievable. While consent laws theoretically protect all students under sixteen, there is a window of time during which students aren’t protected under the law —basically… Continue reading Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up

Rhode Island · School Talk

RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers

Something really cool is happening in my neck of the woods this week and again during a second week later in the summer: a camp dedicated to sports writing. Rhode Island Write On Sports uses sports as a hook to develop writing and communication skills in middle schoolers who are deemed to be “at risk.”… Continue reading RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers

Rhode Island · School Talk

Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

Grown ups are supposed to set an example for kids —and do right by them— but in Rhode Island politics, childish behavior abounds at the state house. Last week we literally saw the Speaker of the House, Nick Mattiello, take his ball and go home because he didn’t get his way. And he didn’t only… Continue reading Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

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Stay Up to Date on Providence Teacher Arrest

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NewsReel: Voices of Change, a Haven for Teen Moms, and Sexual Molestation Charges Filed Against Elementary PE Teacher

First, the Good News 1. Read about these leaders who are working to reshape the education landscape in Little Rhody. I am lucky enough to know them personally so I’m extra happy to see their work highlighted here. The mom quoted in the piece speaks for many parents (and I was lucky enough to teach her… Continue reading NewsReel: Voices of Change, a Haven for Teen Moms, and Sexual Molestation Charges Filed Against Elementary PE Teacher

Rhode Island · School Talk

RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State

Every year it’s the same story. The legislative session nears the end and suddenly, the highest performing Title I school in the state finds itself under attack by local politicians who, just a few short years ago, supported the creation of these very same schools.  Blackstone Valley Prep, the only intentionally diverse public school in… Continue reading RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State

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My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

There is perhaps no better way to tackle bias and judgement than to have kids from all backgrounds, all neighborhoods, and all skin shades learning in the same place every day. One school in Rhode Island has done just that and they just won School of the Year from The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Board.… Continue reading My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

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Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

WPRI reporter Dan McGowan has done a deep dive about Rhode Island’s new plan to improve schools. Under the new federal education law ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), each state is required to submit a plan that must be approved by the US Department of Education and the day to submit is getting close. McGowan… Continue reading Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

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My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

By Rosemary Miner Halfway through my second month as an emergency certified science teacher at Nowell Leadership Academy, Executive Director Toby Shepherd asked me if I would be interested in keeping a journal to documented the experience. Overwhelmed with everything I had to learn just to teach the next day and all the things I… Continue reading My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

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Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

Del Sesto Middle School staff and Providence school officials expected visitors to stop by and take a look at their work with personalized learning in real time but it was a huge surprise when THE Marc Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan walked in. (They were expecting representatives of the organization, not the head honchos!) Zuckerberg… Continue reading Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers