We’ve all seen the lists that rank states, cities, and towns in terms of pretty much everything: water quality, business friendliness, safe neighborhoods, and yes, the schools. With all of these lists—that often cause a bit too much gloating for those at the top and a bit too much piling on of those on the… Continue reading RI Only New England State Not in Top 10. The Question is Why?
I have the absolute privilege of working alongside some incredibly smart and brave people, people willing to stand up to the power players and put themselves out there because they believe it will help kids and help families. While they don’t all come down on the same side of every issue, they push my thinking… Continue reading When Friends Say it Best: Black Voices on How the NAACP Has Lost its Way
By Jason Allen Don’t get me wrong, as a member of the NAACP, former youth & college division leader, founder of the my college chapter and liaison between local schools to the ACTSO competition, I believe in the local, regional and national work of NAACP leaders. However, this time, I believe that the NAACP as… Continue reading Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!
Planet Mom Radio is back and has been broadcasting live from my kitchen—despite the distractions of kids walking around, dogs barking, and mounds of laundry, we still managed to talk about lots of mom stuff and school stuff. The first episode here touches on how much food kids go through during the summer, how my… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio Comes to My Kitchen in Rhode Island. Twice!
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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
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
Sexual Assault. It’s always a bad thing. It’s a crime. And it’s something that far too many women, men, and boys carry with them as part of their past. For some it’s during childhood at the hands of a family member or other trusted adult. For others, it happens later at the hands of their… Continue reading Campus Sexual Assault: No Easy Answers
No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it is especially annoying when the attack dogs get their facts wrong and leave out important and relevant information. At the same time, however, these ad hominem pieces are a sign that something is… Continue reading Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor
Something really cool is happening in my neck of the woods this week and again during a second week later in the summer: a camp dedicated to sports writing. Rhode Island Write On Sports uses sports as a hook to develop writing and communication skills in middle schoolers who are deemed to be “at risk.”… Continue reading RI Sports Writing Camp Turns At Risk Youth Into Confident Writers