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This Supe’s Speech on Racism Is What We Need To Hear From More Leaders. I Really Miss Her.

By Deborah Gist On religious holidays, so many of us have family and faith community practices of rereading stories related to that holiday. On Independence Day, I’m not alone in the practice of rereading the Declaration of Independence. Many of us also take time out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to reread selections from… Continue reading This Supe’s Speech on Racism Is What We Need To Hear From More Leaders. I Really Miss Her.

Rhode Island · School Talk

Pawtucket: A Tale of Two Cities, An Injustice for Students

As R.I. weighs a $2.2B investment in crumbling buildings, Pawtucket offers a study in contrasts, with the rewards of renovation and the risks of delayed repairs visible on the same street. –Providence Journal, January 28, 2018 The Providence Journal has begun a series on what they describe as Rhode Island’s “decrepit” schools. Here is an… Continue reading Pawtucket: A Tale of Two Cities, An Injustice for Students

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Suspension Is Often Not the Answer To a Kid Saying the “F” Word to a Teacher

(Note: I am particularly hopeful that teachers, school leaders, and parents will weigh in and share their thoughts, experiences, and opinions on this very contentious but important topic. Good School Hunting wants to hear from you so that we may have a robust and respectful discussion about school discipline. Please comment about where I’m going… Continue reading Suspension Is Often Not the Answer To a Kid Saying the “F” Word to a Teacher

Rhode Island · School Talk

BowFlex Update and Still No Mention of Student Outcomes (But We Did Get a Little Closer)

As I continue on my Bowflex journey—I’m in week 2—I found myself again leaning on my Governor to to get me through a work out. This time, instead of it being her annual State of the State address, it was a rare visit to the television studio as a guest Dan Yorke State of Mind.… Continue reading BowFlex Update and Still No Mention of Student Outcomes (But We Did Get a Little Closer)

Rhode Island · School Talk

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

School Talk

My Friend Beth Hawkins is So Right About This No-Brainer

Schools talk a lot about the importance of family engagement. Maybe it’s time to reassess what that means. I have never interviewed a parent – or for that matter a teenager – who could not articulate a vision for what they want for their child. Maybe that is precisely the discussion engagement needs to start… Continue reading My Friend Beth Hawkins is So Right About This No-Brainer

Mommy Mayhem · Rhode Island · School Talk

My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

Tonight was the Rhode Island Governor’s State of the State Address. Gina Raimondo is beginning the final year of her first term and her address was predictable in that it had some stellar moments and well deserved applause lines as well as some glaring omissions. But I am already indebted to my Governor because her… Continue reading My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

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Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day

By Shawnta Barnes Depending on when school districts returned from winter break in Indiana, they have already had 1-2 school cancellations due to inclement weather.  Indiana students are required to attend school for 180 instructional days.  When school is cancelled, districts have to grapple with the best plan of action to makeup the missed instructional… Continue reading Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day

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You Are a Double Refugee from Congo and Rwanda and We Want You—and Need You— Here in America

In light of President Trump’s recent—and disgusting—comments about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and any other countries he considers to be “shitholes”, I have been reflecting on so many wonderful people from the very places that he chose to insult. People who are more optimistic, grateful, hardworking, and kind than pretty much anybody I’ve ever met,… Continue reading You Are a Double Refugee from Congo and Rwanda and We Want You—and Need You— Here in America

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3 Maneras en Que Usted Puede Ejercer Su Poder Para Impactar la Educación de Su Hijo

By Melissa Albarenga La definición de Poder, es la capacidad de actuar. Muchas veces la palabra poder, puede ser intimidante. Quiero que se detenga y piense en todas las cosas que le vienen a la mente cuando escucha, o lee, la palabra poder. Usted puede estar pensando en autoridad, dinero, oficiales de policía, incluso sus… Continue reading 3 Maneras en Que Usted Puede Ejercer Su Poder Para Impactar la Educación de Su Hijo