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“Now You Know Better”: 1st Commencement Address by a Person of Color at My Alma Mater (after 148 years!)

I have been out of high school since 1991 and I am so very proud to know that the students in the class of 2017 voted overwhelmingly to have Mr. Grant Hightower, the METCO director, speak at their graduation. There is much wisdom in his words and I only wish that my own students in Massachusetts,… Continue reading “Now You Know Better”: 1st Commencement Address by a Person of Color at My Alma Mater (after 148 years!)

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Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

On this very rainy Tuesday (when, yet again, all baseball games will be cancelled and the pressure will be on for me to actually make dinner), Keri and I hit the airwaves with our sixth episode of Planet Mom Radio. We talk about the never-ending gloating going on over Question 2 in Massachusetts: you won,… Continue reading Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

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My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

By Rosemary Miner Halfway through my second month as an emergency certified science teacher at Nowell Leadership Academy, Executive Director Toby Shepherd asked me if I would be interested in keeping a journal to documented the experience. Overwhelmed with everything I had to learn just to teach the next day and all the things I… Continue reading My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

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An Unholy Alliance

Imagine my chagrin this morning when I awoke to find a new and rather unholy alliance had been formed between Jonah Edelman of Stand for Children and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. This alliance took the form of an anti-voucher op-ed in the LA Times. Here’s a little taste of the… Continue reading An Unholy Alliance

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They Voted to Snub Her. We Celebrate Her.

It’s one thing to behave badly. It’s another thing to take an official vote in support of behaving badly but, lo and behold, that is precisely what the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association did last weekend at their annual meeting of delegates. And so a magnanimous gesture on the part of two retired delegates ended in a… Continue reading They Voted to Snub Her. We Celebrate Her.

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Planet Mom Radio: Concert Tragedy, Dress Code Dilemmas, and $34 million for a Big Fat Nothing

Today on Planet Mom Radio we had to first let Keri vent about her grouchiness and then we got down to business. We talked briefly about our ‘new normal’ in the age of terrorism, discussed the challenges posed by dress codes (and the students and parents who refuse to follow them), and listened to Keri… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Concert Tragedy, Dress Code Dilemmas, and $34 million for a Big Fat Nothing

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Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

Del Sesto Middle School staff and Providence school officials expected visitors to stop by and take a look at their work with personalized learning in real time but it was a huge surprise when THE Marc Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan walked in. (They were expecting representatives of the organization, not the head honchos!) Zuckerberg… Continue reading Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

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Guest Post: A political play or pushback against mediocrity? Why we need charter schools in the suburbs

By Tracy Dell’Angela   Do we need a charter movement in the suburbs? Education activist Derrell Bradford recently argued that yes, we do–but mostly because it broadens the base of clout-heavy supporters and makes it more palatable for self-interested politicians to “do the right thing” on school choice. I would agree, but for a very… Continue reading Guest Post: A political play or pushback against mediocrity? Why we need charter schools in the suburbs

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Miles (age 5) makes his first appearance on Planet Mom Radio!

God is good when he brings my partner in crime home to me and we can get back at it on Planet Mom Radio. I really missed her (even though we texted daily.) My world is off kilter when certain people are geographically far away and Keri is one of them. The biggest and best… Continue reading Miles (age 5) makes his first appearance on Planet Mom Radio!

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Big Loophole in RI (and MA) Consent Law and My First Visit to a local TV studio

It’s always exciting when you have something to say and someone else with a platform wants to hear it. Lucky for me, Rhode Island’s Dan Yorke of WPRO and Dan Yorke State of Mind on Fox Providence was interested in learning more about our total weak sauce consent law in Rhode Island that lacks any provision… Continue reading Big Loophole in RI (and MA) Consent Law and My First Visit to a local TV studio