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This Teacher Duty Was a Game-Changer for Me as a Mom

Teacher Duties. They tend to be front and center during contract negotiations. During my years as a teacher, mine included lunch duty, mezzanine duty, and 2nd floor hallway duty. Lunch duty was cool because I could visit with lots of kids in an informal way and even remind them about an assignment or ask about… Continue reading This Teacher Duty Was a Game-Changer for Me as a Mom

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Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up

Massachusetts and Rhode Island share a dirty little secret: neither has passed a law that makes it illegal for teachers to have sex with their students. I know. It’s pretty unbelievable. While consent laws theoretically protect all students under sixteen, there is a window of time during which students aren’t protected under the law —basically… Continue reading Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up

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Campus Sexual Assault: No Easy Answers

Sexual Assault. It’s always a bad thing. It’s a crime. And it’s something that far too many women, men, and boys carry with them as part of their past. For some it’s during childhood at the hands of a family member or other trusted adult. For others, it happens later at the hands of their… Continue reading Campus Sexual Assault: No Easy Answers

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Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor

No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it is especially annoying when the attack dogs get their facts wrong and leave out important and relevant information. At the same time, however, these ad hominem pieces are a sign that something is… Continue reading Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor

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RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers

Something really cool is happening in my neck of the woods this week and again during a second week later in the summer: a camp dedicated to sports writing. Rhode Island Write On Sports uses sports as a hook to develop writing and communication skills in middle schoolers who are deemed to be “at risk.”… Continue reading RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers

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Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

Gwen Samuel is an unapologetic advocate for children whose work started in Hartford, Connecticut and whose commitment to empowering parents to work for justice is unwavering. While many doubt the ability of regular folks to bring about change, Gwen proves it is possible and she has inspired countless parents and lawmakers along the way —including me.… Continue reading Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

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Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

Grown ups are supposed to set an example for kids —and do right by them— but in Rhode Island politics, childish behavior abounds at the state house. Last week we literally saw the Speaker of the House, Nick Mattiello, take his ball and go home because he didn’t get his way. And he didn’t only… Continue reading Quit Your Crying and Either Get Back to Work or Vow Never to Say You Care About Education and Kids Again

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We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

By Jessica Waters I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the oval office with President Obama to receive an award for excellence in teaching. I was there as the 2013 RI Teacher of the Year to represent the teachers in my state and to honor the… Continue reading We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

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Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

By Gwen Samuel While many were celebrating the 4th of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July 5, 1852,  “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and applying it to the state of education for Black, brown and poor children in… Continue reading Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor