Rhode Island · School Talk

Raimondo and Dann-Messier Are Wrong on Title IX

Photo credit: Providence Journal While Rhode Islanders engage in a fight over abortion laws and bid adieu to Lincoln Chaffee as he heads off to Wyoming, the final day of the public comment period on Betsy Devos’ decision to rescind Obama era guidance on Title IX has come and gone. The most controversial piece of… Continue reading Raimondo and Dann-Messier Are Wrong on Title IX

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Can We Please Have an Honest Conversation About Teacher Absenteeism?

It is no secret that any critique of teachers is seen by many—especially teachers themselves—as an attack or an attempt to vilify the entire profession. So let me say right out of the gate that I am not doing that. I spent a decade as a teacher and it was the most exhausting and draining… Continue reading Can We Please Have an Honest Conversation About Teacher Absenteeism?

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New School Rating System Has One Major Flaw

Parents appreciate a quick snapshot of the school their children attend, or might attend. Community members appreciate information about how the schools their tax dollars fund are actually doing and local leaders rely on the information to make decisions about education policy and capital expenditures. It’s helpful to know whether a school earned 4 stars… Continue reading New School Rating System Has One Major Flaw

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I failed. Reflections on Covington Catholic

I failed this past weekend. Like millions of Americans, I fell into the trap of believing the worst about a group of students that I don’t know, based upon my own prejudices, a truncated video clip, a now iconic photo of a Covington Catholic High School student from Kentucky and a Native American man named… Continue reading I failed. Reflections on Covington Catholic

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Self-Advocacy: Elise Duarte Shares Her Experience About Being Bullied and Finding Success at a Non-Public School

In honor of School Choice Week, Good School Hunting is sharing an interview with a California student named Elise, conducted by La Comadre, an advocacy and communications organization with the fundamental goal of “building a community to help all of our children with their education.” I (Erika) personally know this student’s mother, Lisette, who has been… Continue reading Self-Advocacy: Elise Duarte Shares Her Experience About Being Bullied and Finding Success at a Non-Public School

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This Post It Note Confirms What I Know for Sure

Oprah always used to say “what I know for sure” and she even authored a book by that title. Well, this picture of a student’s answer to the prompt “I wish my teacher knew…” reminded me of something that I know for sure. I learned it as a young teacher in my 20’s and saw… Continue reading This Post It Note Confirms What I Know for Sure

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The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education

By Blake Harvard  I’m writing this to provide some balance. I know it probably won’t be well received by all…or most…or quite possibly anyone, but I believe it is important to write. There are a few phrases I see on twitter that cause me to cringe…mostly because they are presented without any context. While these… Continue reading The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education

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Teaching Reading Is Science. And We Believe in Science, Right?

But it’s science! We hear it all the time whether in debates over climate change or vaccinations. Some even prefer the more certain-sounding phraseology of “settled science.” And if ever there were a battle that should be over once and for all—in the name of science—it is how to teach reading. Phonics is scientifically proven… Continue reading Teaching Reading Is Science. And We Believe in Science, Right?

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A Glaring Omission in Elorza’s Inaugural

In February of 2018 Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza and school superintendent Chris Maher rolled out a strategic plan that laid out goals around student proficiency, student and teacher absenteeism, and the high school graduation rate. The motivator for the initiative was the chronic underperformance of students in math and reading as well as high… Continue reading A Glaring Omission in Elorza’s Inaugural

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No Madame Representative, You Are the Bully

One of the most tired and ludicrous talking points in education is that people who aren’t teachers—or have never been teachers—don’t have standing to give opinions about teaching and learning. In the wake of the RICAS tsunami, Rhode Island Representative, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, grabbed on tight to this absurd line of reasoning and decided to run… Continue reading No Madame Representative, You Are the Bully