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Black and Brown Students: Kumbaya, You’re Suspended

By Beth Hawkins (This piece is about Minneapolis, Minnesota and should be a call to action for all of us to look into what is happening in our city and our state. ) You can’t both call for restorative discipline and grease the school-to-prison pipeline Let’s make a deal. Let’s add “restorative discipline” to the… Continue reading Black and Brown Students: Kumbaya, You’re Suspended

Mommy Mayhem · Newsletter · School Talk

This Week with Moms-in-Ed

Greetings from Chicago where I’m spending a long overdue couple days with my Ed Post colleagues. It was 70 degrees in my little state of Rhode Island and 25 degrees colder when I landed here in the Windy City. I really wish I had packed a jacket.  While people’s TVs and news feeds are ablaze… Continue reading This Week with Moms-in-Ed

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Mitchell Chester Believed in Second Chances And I am So Grateful For That

By Holland Landy On the morning of June 27, 2017, I was about a week into my summer break, sitting on my couch having my morning coffee when news broke that Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Commissioner Mitchell Chester had passed away. He had been appointed to the Massachusetts state board of education as… Continue reading Mitchell Chester Believed in Second Chances And I am So Grateful For That

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Read This Thread: A Personal Story About Why Federal Disability Guidance Mattered For Him

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Rhode Island · School Talk

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

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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Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

It is sad that a school district superintendent has to spend his day in court just to get his teachers to come to school, but that is the depressing story playing out in Warwick, Rhode Island. Here in the littlest state in the union we awoke to news that three more schools—elementary ones this time—would… Continue reading Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

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Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

Some kids are uncomfortable with reading To Kill a Mockingbird down in Biloxi, Mississippi. That’s a good thing. And an important part of the learning process, especially when it comes to understanding the uncomfortable truths around racial injustice in both the past and the present.  Just this week, the Lieutenant Governor —and candidate for Governor—Ralph… Continue reading Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

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Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein, and the Hunt for Good Schools

I named my blog Good School Hunting not because I’m necessarily a big fan of the actor Matt Damon but because I thought the Boston-based storyline of Damon’s debut movie, “Good Will Hunting,” suited a New England-based blog written by a mom who believes every kid deserves an awesome school. And I really did like… Continue reading Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein, and the Hunt for Good Schools

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

By Shawnta Barnes This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day.  This day was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health and is celebrated on October 10 each year.  This year’s theme is, “Mental health in the workplace.” Over the last few years, mindfulness and social emotional learning have become buzzwords in schools.… Continue reading Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too