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It’s a Tipping Point When Tulsa’s Superintendent Supports a Strike

We all know education leaders who point to inadequate funding as the primary reason that improved student outcomes continue to elude us. Deborah Gist, the superintendent of schools in Tulsa, is not one of those leaders and her time in Washington DC and Rhode Island prove it. She is the first person to talk about… Continue reading It’s a Tipping Point When Tulsa’s Superintendent Supports a Strike

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The Impending Shutdown through the Eyes of a Teacher

By Nate Morris As night turns into day, students begin streaming through the doors of Burroughs Elementary and into Cameron Warner’s classroom.  They grab their breakfast, take their seat, and begin writing their response to the “Do Now” assignment on the board.  “They always write about a fun topic,” Cameron says. “It gets them motivated… Continue reading The Impending Shutdown through the Eyes of a Teacher

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When Charter Schools Aren’t Mentioned and Yet, Somehow, They Are Still the Enemy

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Sister Carmelina Was No Sister Jean…

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Are You Ready to Be the Salt Lick for Your Students?

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The Power of Understanding, Dignity, and Respect from the Courtroom to the Classroom

Victoria Pratt happens to be a judge in Newark, New Jersey but in listening to her Ted Talk about the change in behavior that comes when we treat everyone with dignity, respect, and understanding, I couldn’t help thinking about how all the best—and most effective—principals, assistant principal, teachers, and law enforcement officers are practitioners of… Continue reading The Power of Understanding, Dignity, and Respect from the Courtroom to the Classroom

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Teacher’s Anti-Military Rant Leads to Firing

By Letitia Chavez-Garcia You may recall that I wrote a piece about the teacher whose rant about the military went viral on social and other media. His name is Gregory Salcido. Mr. Salcido was released from his position as teacher at the El Rancho Unified School District.  A news report from Tuesday confirms that the board… Continue reading Teacher’s Anti-Military Rant Leads to Firing

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The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

(This piece was updated at 10:16 am to add Pawtucket as a district that also has school today. I missed them when I first published. My apologies.) Every single district in Rhode Island, with two exceptions, announced yesterday afternoon or last night that school would be cancelled today and many of us can’t, for the… Continue reading The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

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The UMBC Victory that is Even More Improbable than a 16 Seed Beating a 1

By Dirk Tillotson Many of us first heard the name University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for their historic upset of a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, however, there is an even more historic lesson there, with a far greater impact, and one I hope we learn from. Outside of hoops, UMBC is… Continue reading The UMBC Victory that is Even More Improbable than a 16 Seed Beating a 1

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A Tedx Talk with Nehemiah Frank: Finding the Excellence Within

Nehemiah Frank is a young African American teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma and someone I am blessed to have met in my work around education story-telling and advocacy. He is also the founder and executive director of the Black Wall Street Times, an online media company that seeks to tell the history of Greenwood and north… Continue reading A Tedx Talk with Nehemiah Frank: Finding the Excellence Within