Rhode Island

Time for a Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in our Schools and the Failures to Report It

Sex abuse in schools. No one wants to think about it let alone talk about it. But we must because the statistics are staggering and because living in denial puts children at risk. It wasn’t too long ago that no one wanted to talk about what was happening to children at the hands of priests… Continue reading Time for a Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in our Schools and the Failures to Report It

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Guest Post by Julia Carlson: How Shadowing a Student For One Day Changed Me

Written by Julia Carlson, Principal of Central High School in Providence, Rhode Island   As a building principal, my day tends to look like a Seurat painting when standing only inches away.  A thousand dots consisting of tasks, interactions and events that stand alone until you step back and see the whole painting. For the… Continue reading Guest Post by Julia Carlson: How Shadowing a Student For One Day Changed Me

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Just a Dominican Kid From Pawtucket Showing Kids Like Him That They Too Can Be Leaders

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Marti worked as an administrator first at Blackstone Valley Prep’s existing middle school and then at one of their elementary schools.  When the fourth graders there made the move up to middle school, it would be to Marti’s… Continue reading Just a Dominican Kid From Pawtucket Showing Kids Like Him That They Too Can Be Leaders

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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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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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Grad Rates are Up and Moody’s Gives Nod to Free College

#1 On The Rise Rhode island’s high school graduation rates continue to rise. That is good news. The state now boasts a rate of 85 percent, up from 77 percent in 2011 and some schools and districts have seen double digit gains in recent years. While we didn’t see any drops based on race or… Continue reading Grad Rates are Up and Moody’s Gives Nod to Free College

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Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington

By Lisa Tenreiro  On Friday, January 6th, I had the honor of a lifetime. I got to stand behind First Lady Michelle Obama alongside forty-four of my fellow State Counselors of the Year  as she shared her final remarks as First Lady to our entire nation and to the world.  Mrs. Obama chose to deliver these… Continue reading Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington

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Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

By Karla E. Vigil and Carlon Howard   Currently, RI’s education workforce is over 95 percent white. With less than 5 percent of educators identifying at people of color, our urban students are faced with teachers and content each day that do not reflect their lived experiences both in and outside of the school day.… Continue reading Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

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Providence Students Plan to Walk Out of School This Morning in Protest of Trump

I’m not a fan of student walk outs. And I hope it’s not just because I’m getting old. I’m confident that there is reason and substance behind my belief that students send a much stronger message when they protest on their own time. It shows that the cause is important enough for them to give… Continue reading Providence Students Plan to Walk Out of School This Morning in Protest of Trump

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Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

It’s nothing new that Sheldon Whitehouse oozes hypocrisy but I am most rankled by his comments, actions, and over the top rhetoric when it comes to education because that’s where my focus lies. He is currently engaged in a war on Betsy DeVos, President Elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary who begins confirmation hearings today.… Continue reading Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do