School Talk

How do we find middle ground on the school discipline debate? Ask the students

By Tracy Dell’Angela “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” I had to ask the 7th grader this question three times before he stopped pushing his classmate, looked at me, and answered me with a smirk: “I’m playing.” Whatever was happening,… Continue reading How do we find middle ground on the school discipline debate? Ask the students

Planet Mom Radio

Episode 3 (From Chicago): 2 Moms from Nashville and Detroit on Why They Do This Work

We quite literally took the show on the road in this episode. A few months ago, Keri and I traveled to Chicago and we brought our recording equipment with us so that we could capture our conversations with the awesome folks we would be seeing during our time out there. After some quick banter during… Continue reading Episode 3 (From Chicago): 2 Moms from Nashville and Detroit on Why They Do This Work

School Talk

Due Process For My Side But Not For Yours

In keeping with America’s new love affair with tribalism, Nancy Pelosi stood up for her colleague, Michigan Representative John Conyers, and extolled the virtues of due process during an appearance this weekend on Meet The Press.  While under normal circumstances, we could all agree with Pelosi’s sentiments about the accused deserving due process, there is… Continue reading Due Process For My Side But Not For Yours

Rhode Island · School Talk

My Kid’s Teacher Wins the Golden Apple

Each month in the state of Rhode Island, a teacher is surprised by TV cameras, a local news anchor, the Commissioner of Education to learn that they have won the Golden Apple Award because they’ve been nominated by a student or parent who thinks that they are pretty awesome. So, a really cool coincidence happened… Continue reading My Kid’s Teacher Wins the Golden Apple

Rhode Island · School Talk

Rhode Island lawmakers Still Don’t Think It’s Wrong for Teachers and Students to Have Sexual Relationships

It’s been 82 days since local TV and radio host Dan Yorke invited any lawmaker to come on his show and announce their support for making it illegal for teachers to have sexual relations with students who are sixteen or older. I was sitting in the studio when he did it on the heels of… Continue reading Rhode Island lawmakers Still Don’t Think It’s Wrong for Teachers and Students to Have Sexual Relationships

Planet Mom Radio

02 Parents and Data: Time to embrace the ‘D’ word. We can help.

On this episode of Planet Mom Radio, after getting through some bake sale banter, Keri and I discuss the D word. Data. We know it can be confusing, frustrating, and even seem like someone else’s problem. But we also know that it’s super important that parents understand their children’s schools by the numbers. At least some… Continue reading 02 Parents and Data: Time to embrace the ‘D’ word. We can help.

School Talk

The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile

Sometimes it’s just good to find reasons to smile and schools are great places for that. So, we are staying away from the noise today and just taking a moment to enjoy the good stuff. I mean, we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving.  And I’m thankful for all of this. Ms. Lundgren is back! It’s… Continue reading The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile

School Talk

Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent at This School

I write from a place of privilege today.  I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of the fatal school stabbing was named Matthew. I have a Matthew too. I owe it to every parent who does worry to try and put myself in their shoes and… Continue reading Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent at This School

Rhode Island · School Talk

Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

The full text of Kiara Butler’s TEDxProvidence talk on September 30th, 2017 is below.    The Untold Truth by Kiara Butler I want to play a game But it has to be our game It has to be our secret That means you can’t tell anyone that we’re playing this game. Not even your friends.… Continue reading Kiara Butler: Shifting the Narrative from Perfection to Truth

Planet Mom Radio

01 An Introduction to Planet Mom Radio

Planet Mom Radio has finally launched and Keri and I are thrilled to be talking education and motherhood with Moms from anywhere and everywhere. (Dads, we hope you’ll tune in too!) In this inaugural episode of Planet Mom Radio, Keri and I discuss who we are and how this podcast came to be as well… Continue reading 01 An Introduction to Planet Mom Radio