Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.
Anyone who has worked in a school can tell you that students can be tonic for the soul. Without realizing they are doing it, they pull us out of ourselves—our lousy morning, a bad mood, and even a really bad hair day. It is impossible to be focused on oneself inside a school because it… Continue reading I Had the Best Time With My Former Students This Week: Girl Time, College Essays, and Lots of Laughs
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
Windy City or Bust! Planet Mom Radio has been in Chicago for the past fews and enjoying the privilege of meeting so many education advocates and parents from all over the country. Keri and I talk about two highly successful schools that are under attack in MA and RI and then we shifted to hosting… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer
Every year it’s the same story. The legislative session nears the end and suddenly, the highest performing Title I school in the state finds itself under attack by local politicians who, just a few short years ago, supported the creation of these very same schools. Blackstone Valley Prep, the only intentionally diverse public school in… Continue reading RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State
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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