Rhode Island · School Talk

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!

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Stay Off the Parent Portal This Year and Go Get a Pedicure

The information age has done a lot of things and one of them is make parents a little cray cray.  Ok, a lot cray cray. There are certain times of the year when this unique version of crazy goes into overdrive and the start of school is definitely one of them. And for the record,… Continue reading Stay Off the Parent Portal This Year and Go Get a Pedicure

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

They’re Back! And We Forgot to Pack Pencils.

I did it. I made it to the end of summer as a mom of three boys who works from home.  Though the way I see it, all parents who make it to the end of the summer road deserve a high five. I mean, putting aside the moms who love to be with their… Continue reading They’re Back! And We Forgot to Pack Pencils.

Rhode Island

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

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Guest Post: Boys of Color Need Personalized Learning

By David McGuire Imagine if school was centered and designed around the needs of all students? It is a fairly simple question that seems to have a very simple answer; the answer is personalized learning. What is personalized learning? The beauty is there is not a concrete definition. Personalized learning will look different in every… Continue reading Guest Post: Boys of Color Need Personalized Learning

Rhode Island

Feels Like Groundhog Day in RI With Another Arrest of a School Official for Failure to Report Abuse

It’s beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day around here when it comes to school officials’ failure to follow the law around mandatory reporting. After a two month investigation, a Providence elementary school principal has been arrested for failure to follow mandatory reporting laws despite her knowledge of alleged abuse of 11 year old… Continue reading Feels Like Groundhog Day in RI With Another Arrest of a School Official for Failure to Report Abuse

Rhode Island · School Talk

Wimpy Interventions Leave Us With Disappointing Results

We attempted to turn around our schools in Rhode Island without making any radical changes and the results are disappointing. Some were hopeful that we’d do better; many predicted this outcome. Matt Barnum writes in Chalkbeat about the experiment in our little state that appears to have fallen flat. A well intentioned attempt to improve… Continue reading Wimpy Interventions Leave Us With Disappointing Results

Rhode Island

Charter and District Leaders Tackling the Issue of Students Who Are Over-Age and Under-Credited, Together

“Overage and under-credited” is a term used to describe older students, typically 16- to 20-year-old young adults who have fallen behind their initial high school graduation cohort. For many such students, the path to a high school diploma can be a complicated one. It’s a path that requires intensive supports and creative thinking.” (Projo, 8/15/17)… Continue reading Charter and District Leaders Tackling the Issue of Students Who Are Over-Age and Under-Credited, Together

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Everybody and Their Mama Wants Schools to Provide Laptops…and so much more!

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White America, Time to Get Louder

In light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this post isn’t about schools. It’s about something even more important and vital to us ever getting to a place where we can make schools better for every child in America.   There is a special kind of cognitive dissonance when on the very day I head… Continue reading White America, Time to Get Louder