Rhode Island · School Talk

We Have a Winner (And She Says It’s All About Relationships with Kids)

Lauren Hopkins is the latest teacher in Rhode Island to be awarded what is widely considered the “Oscar” of teaching. It is the Milken award, a prestigious recognition of teaching excellence by the Milken Family Foundation that also comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Like all the greatest teachers, Hopkins is convinced that learning… Continue reading We Have a Winner (And She Says It’s All About Relationships with Kids)

Rhode Island · School Talk

My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

I am lucky to have the opportunity to occasionally share what I know and think about local education issues on Dan Yorke’s radio and TV programs. I wrote about the situation in Warwick earlier in the week here and appeared on Dan Yorke State of Mind the next day. Since my appearance, a tentative agreement between… Continue reading My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

Rhode Island · School Talk

I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

We all agree we need to do a better job of protecting kids and while an explosive story plays out in Providence and a principal finds herself charged with a misdemeanor, we realize we have more questions than answers. In the aftermath of the arrest of a Providence elementary school principal for failure to contact… Continue reading I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

Massachusetts · Rhode Island · School Talk

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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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