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#CollegeSigningDay is Worthy of Our Smiles and Gives Us Hope for the Future

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Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

These kids get only one shot at an education. – James Diossa Mayor James Diossa calls his community “the comeback city” and education plays a central role in that vision. In a city that is one mile by one mile and made up of predominantly Latino families, school choice has become part of the fabric… Continue reading Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

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Teachers Stand Tall While President Trump Stays Seated

By Nikos Giannapolous, the 2017 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year “When I think back to my time in the White House, I will not remember the person seated at the desk.” On Wednesday, when I met the president as Rhode Island’s State Teacher of the Year, I did not know what to expect. After… Continue reading Teachers Stand Tall While President Trump Stays Seated

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A Mom’s story: He says he is a girl and his name is Roberta.

By Maureen Kelleher My child has always struggled with pronouns. Back when Bobby was about two, when we first started going to Music Together, we learned a song called “Me, You and We.” It was very simple. Point to yourself and sing, “Me. Me. Me-me-me, me-me-me, me, me.” And so on. Then point to your… Continue reading A Mom’s story: He says he is a girl and his name is Roberta.

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Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

Bipartisanship has come to Rhode Island and it is thanks to the RI Promise Scholarship proposal, the plan to make our public colleges and universities free for two years for all students. The plan is arguably the most comprehensive of its kind but is facing push back from the legislature, particularly the Speaker of the… Continue reading Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

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Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts, and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn that its thrilling narrative devices also make it problematic. – Huffington Post Middle schoolers and high schoolers across America are buzzing about the now controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” which attempts to tackle the… Continue reading Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts, and Educators Worried

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Planet Mom Radio: Shaming Parents, The Opt-Out Non-Movement, RI’s New Partnership with Mass, Giraffes, and American Ninja Warrior too!

This week during our weekly chat, there was lots to talk about, as there always is. (I also made the giant mistake of chewing gum during this week’s episode so I apologize for that and promise it will never happen again! I thought spitting gum into a piece of paper would be a bad look… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Shaming Parents, The Opt-Out Non-Movement, RI’s New Partnership with Mass, Giraffes, and American Ninja Warrior too!

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Because They Can

Dashaun Robinson was a student of mine between 2011 and and 2013. I saw him enter his third high school as a sophomore and watched him graduate on his 20th birthday. Below is something he wrote a couple years back about his own personal experience. It is worth re-reading often as he is just one… Continue reading Because They Can

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Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

Rhode Island is making a big change in how it assesses students that will bring us in line with Massachusetts in grades 3-8 and reduce testing time by 50 percent at the high school level. PARCC will no longer be the test we administer in Rhode Island so while the teaching standards will remain the… Continue reading Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

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Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

Rhode Island 10th and 11th graders took the PSAT and SATs for free for the first time this year. The PSAT was administered in the fall and just last week, during the school day, high school juniors took the SAT.  They are the first cohort of students to benefit from Governor Raimondo’s free SAT/PSAT plan… Continue reading Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT