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Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

It would be an understatement to say that the earth shook a bit in Providence last week when the United States Department of Justice revealed that Providence Public Schools has got a major problem when it comes to how it is serving—and not serving—its English Language Learners. We now know that PPSD and the DOJ… Continue reading Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

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Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

When Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was recently shouted down by the city’s teachers throughout the entirety of his state of the city address, he was forced to answer some questions about the current status of negotiations between his administration and the Providence Teachers’ Union. Anyone in the chamber that night— or watching from home as… Continue reading Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

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WPRI’s Dan McGowan With a ‘Must Read’ on the Guilty Verdict of School Principal Violet LeMar

We are very lucky to have Dan McGowan in Providence because he provides us with the information that all of us want and often struggle to find. In the aftermath of the multi-day trial of elementary school principal Violet LeMar in which the judge found her guilty, McGowan does his best to help all of… Continue reading WPRI’s Dan McGowan With a ‘Must Read’ on the Guilty Verdict of School Principal Violet LeMar

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This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

Additional charges have been brought against Providence PE teacher, James Duffy, according to reporting by Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau of WPRI.  And he will have his day in court. But a recent statement by his attorney reveals a total lack of understanding  —ignorance, in face— when it comes to the abuse of children by… Continue reading This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

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Feels Like Groundhog Day in RI With Another Arrest of a School Official for Failure to Report Abuse

It’s beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day around here when it comes to school officials’ failure to follow the law around mandatory reporting. After a two month investigation, a Providence elementary school principal has been arrested for failure to follow mandatory reporting laws despite her knowledge of alleged abuse of 11 year old… Continue reading Feels Like Groundhog Day in RI With Another Arrest of a School Official for Failure to Report Abuse

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Stay Up to Date on Providence Teacher Arrest

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Providence Supe to Graduates: “There Will Always Be Doubters But They Don’t Know You”

Providence Superintendent Chris Maher speaks to graduates about how their hard work and resilience in the face of tremendous challenges gives him hope during these uncertain times. The full text of his speech is below. Class of 2017, today is a wonderful day. Today is a glorious day. Today is a day where you are surrounded… Continue reading Providence Supe to Graduates: “There Will Always Be Doubters But They Don’t Know You”

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Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

Del Sesto Middle School staff and Providence school officials expected visitors to stop by and take a look at their work with personalized learning in real time but it was a huge surprise when THE Marc Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan walked in. (They were expecting representatives of the organization, not the head honchos!) Zuckerberg… Continue reading Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

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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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I am a Teacher. And I am an Addict.

Holland Landy is a teacher. He is also a recovering addict and alcoholic. And while much of his story is painful and a quintessential example of the frustration and chaos that addiction brings to bear on relationships, it is also a story of triumph, courage and paying it forward. Landy’s decision to go public and… Continue reading I am a Teacher. And I am an Addict.