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This Teacher Duty Was a Game-Changer for Me as a Mom

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

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Push Us Towards Education, Please.

By Dashaun Robinson For many young people at risk in today’s world, an internal battle exists pitting monetary gains against self enlightenment. Which is stronger: education or money? Now if you’re saying to yourself, “well that’s an easy one,” then you are probably reading this from your comfy desk, at your stable job. But for… Continue reading Push Us Towards Education, Please.

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Midnight Basketball in Rhode Island Brings Kids and Police Together

During this week of horrific loss it is really hard to find anything to celebrate. But there is something in my tiny little state of Rhode Island that that has me grateful and relieved and even cautiously optimistic. Midnight Basketball.   And it seems quite fitting that this joint effort by state and city leaders… Continue reading Midnight Basketball in Rhode Island Brings Kids and Police Together

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West Broadway Middle School: A Window Into How an Urban District School Can Be Totally Awesome

One parent said her son wasn’t successful or able to get the help he needed in a private school. Now, she said, “He can’t wait for Monday.” West Broadway Middle School is a window into the promise of urban public schools when they have strong and positive leaders who are able to hire and build… Continue reading West Broadway Middle School: A Window Into How an Urban District School Can Be Totally Awesome

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Lunch Date

Today I have a very special lunch date. He is half my age. He is not what people expected him to be. He is an African American young man. He has an incarcerated father. His siblings have different fathers than he. He has been expelled from high school for failing all his classes and for… Continue reading Lunch Date