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I am a Teacher. And I am an Addict.

Holland Landy is a teacher. He is also a recovering addict and alcoholic. And while much of his story is painful and a quintessential example of the frustration and chaos that addiction brings to bear on relationships, it is also a story of triumph, courage and paying it forward. Landy’s decision to go public and… Continue reading I am a Teacher. And I am an Addict.

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Now These Are Some Rules We Should Follow

My friend and colleague Chris Stewart has compiled a list of 26 rules for the ed reform debate and I must say, I’m with him on these. Far too often, those who sit from a perch of privilege (or at least a pretty comfortable place), speak, write, and tweet as if they have the right… Continue reading Now These Are Some Rules We Should Follow

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Providence Supe: These Kids Are Assets, Not Burdens

Providence Superintendent took time Tuesday evening to testify before the Rhode Island House Finance Committee to specifically address the issue of English Language Learners and the importance (and wisdom) in investing in them. Below is his full testimony. The Providence Public School District serves approximately 24,000 students – more than 6,000 of whom qualify for… Continue reading Providence Supe: These Kids Are Assets, Not Burdens

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Some Folks Just Can’t Come Down From That Ivory Tower

Education experts in Academia can be really tough to take for those who don’t exist in an abstract world of theories and studies and a recent debate at Sacramento State on charter schools and vouchers was no exception. Chris Stewart (aka Citizen Stewart) and Professor Julian Vasquez Heilig argued opposing sides of the issue and… Continue reading Some Folks Just Can’t Come Down From That Ivory Tower

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NewsReel: RI Foundation has $1.8 million for scholarships, More Support for #freecollegeRI, and a Bachata Snow Day Video

#1 Scholarship Time It’s that exciting time of year when high school seniors wait on pins and needles to see if they’ve been accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice. And it is also the time of year when the state’s largest philanthropic organization, The Rhode Island Foundation, reminds those headed to college… Continue reading NewsReel: RI Foundation has $1.8 million for scholarships, More Support for #freecollegeRI, and a Bachata Snow Day Video

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We Aren’t Nurturing Our Black and Brown Math Whizzes and It Shows

[View the story “NY Times Reporter on “Appalling” Under-Representation of Black and Latino Students in #STEM” on Storify]

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My 4th and 6th grader are reading the same book in school. Does that matter?

My fourth grader and sixth grader are reading the same book in school right now.  That’s right. The book is The Lightning Thief.  And what’s more,  my sixth grader already read (and loved!) this very same book when he was in fourth grade at his prior school. Both schools, one charter and one traditional district… Continue reading My 4th and 6th grader are reading the same book in school. Does that matter?

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Leaning In on DACA, Learning Spanish, Breaking Records and my Favorite Story of the Week

#1 Leaning in on DACA A group of Rhode Island school leaders from both charters and traditional districts are leaning in and raising their voices in support of all children, all students, regardless of their immigration status. Among calls about bus schedules and school vacation dates are calls about immigration. Current events have shaken many… Continue reading Leaning In on DACA, Learning Spanish, Breaking Records and my Favorite Story of the Week

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Matt Barnum’s Greatest Hits of #alternativefacts at the #IQ2USLive Charter School Debate in NYC.

[View the story “Say What?” on Storify]

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Arne Duncan Wasn’t Celebrating Hurricane Katrina and Betsy DeVos isn’t Celebrating Segregation or Jim Crow

I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina,” Duncan said. “That education system was a disaster, and it took Hurricane Katrina to wake up the community to say that ‘we have to do better.’ And the progress that they’ve made in four years since the hurricane… Continue reading Arne Duncan Wasn’t Celebrating Hurricane Katrina and Betsy DeVos isn’t Celebrating Segregation or Jim Crow