Rhode Island · School Talk

Wimpy Interventions Leave Us With Disappointing Results

We attempted to turn around our schools in Rhode Island without making any radical changes and the results are disappointing. Some were hopeful that we’d do better; many predicted this outcome. Matt Barnum writes in Chalkbeat about the experiment in our little state that appears to have fallen flat. A well intentioned attempt to improve… Continue reading Wimpy Interventions Leave Us With Disappointing Results

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Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

WPRI reporter Dan McGowan has done a deep dive about Rhode Island’s new plan to improve schools. Under the new federal education law ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), each state is required to submit a plan that must be approved by the US Department of Education and the day to submit is getting close. McGowan… Continue reading Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

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Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

This is a guest post written by my friend and colleague, Laura Waters.  If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take and the school supplies your child… Continue reading Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

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Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)

I was excited. This was going to be it.  I was finally going to proudly stand with Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers and Lily Eskelson Garcia of the National Education Association in the fight for equity. We were finally going to find ourselves standing firmly, together, on that ever so elusive surface… Continue reading Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)