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Now THIS is parent advocacy!

We are not “crazy” moms, but well-intentioned parents with formal, academic training in teaching and English language studies. -Jamie Lynch and Kate Mayer Everyone Reads T/E is a parent founded advocacy group in Pennsylvania with one single mission that is focused on reading instruction.   The group founders are mothers whose professional and academic training… Continue reading Now THIS is parent advocacy!

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A Father’s Promise to Tell His Son’s Story

Jason Reid shares that “in March of 2018, my 14-year-old son died by suicide in the attic of our home while we were away on vacation. My seemingly perfect life was shattered to pieces. I was raising beautiful, smart and happy kids in my eyes. But what was really happening behind the scenes, deep in… Continue reading A Father’s Promise to Tell His Son’s Story

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Kamala Harris Comes Out Swinging on Education and She Picks the Unions Over Students and Parents

Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris must have been one of the people AFT president Randi Weingarten was referring to when she said on C-Span, in the context of the 2020 hopefuls being “eager for the teachers’ backing”, that her “phone had rung a lot” because Harris has quickly morphed into a union mouthpiece. The language is… Continue reading Kamala Harris Comes Out Swinging on Education and She Picks the Unions Over Students and Parents

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A Visit to the ‘Matt Allen Uncut’ Podcast

Thank you Matt Allen for the invitation to talk about so many of the things I care so much about—education, literacy, protecting students from sexual predators, the belief gap, and the importance of being able to disagree with people without attacking who they are or assuming the worst about them. This is a long conversation… Continue reading A Visit to the ‘Matt Allen Uncut’ Podcast

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Can We Focus on Basic Literacy Before Financial Literacy, Please?

“What good is it to be able to sit at the lunch counter if you can’t read the menu?” -Dr. Howard Fuller  There is something that feels kind of crazy about our state treasurer, Seth Magaziner, pushing for passage of a bill —introduced by Sen. Sandra Cano, D-Pawtucket and in the House by Representative Joseph McNamara, D-Warwick—to… Continue reading Can We Focus on Basic Literacy Before Financial Literacy, Please?

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RI Makes a Superb Pick for Education Commissioner (Though the Process Leaves Something to Be Desired)

Rhode Island is officially getting a new Commissioner of Education and while the process took place far from the public eye, Angelica Infante-Green is a superb pick at a time that Rhode Island really needs one. Yes, it is a tad insulting that Governor Raimondo and her team will be introducing us to Infante-Green at… Continue reading RI Makes a Superb Pick for Education Commissioner (Though the Process Leaves Something to Be Desired)

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An Unfair Chance: Aspiring Elementary Teachers are Being Set Up to Fail Their Licensure Exams

It is a stop-you-in-your-tracks statistic: More than half of aspiring elementary school teachers fail their licensure exam. In fact, they fail at much higher rates than attorneys, doctors, and nuclear engineers on their respective licensure exams. And at a time when there is pressure to drastically increase the racial diversity of teachers, we can’t ignore… Continue reading An Unfair Chance: Aspiring Elementary Teachers are Being Set Up to Fail Their Licensure Exams

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Andy Smarick Provides A Helpful Explainer—on Twitter—About Why DeVos’ Move to Ease Church-State Rules Could Be Hugely Consequential

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced yesterday that, in light of a 2017 Supreme Court decision, she will put the brakes on enforcing the provision in federal law that bars religious organizations from providing federally funded educational services to private schools. In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia Inc. v. Comer, the Supreme Court found that Missouri… Continue reading Andy Smarick Provides A Helpful Explainer—on Twitter—About Why DeVos’ Move to Ease Church-State Rules Could Be Hugely Consequential

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Virginia Walden Ford: 5 Obstacles Parents Face in Working for Opportunity in Education

By Virginia Walden Ford When I saw my son failing and getting into trouble in the school where he was districted, it scared me. I knew I needed to do something to make sure he didn’t go down the same road I saw too many young people go in D.C., one that led to despair.… Continue reading Virginia Walden Ford: 5 Obstacles Parents Face in Working for Opportunity in Education

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Guest Post: He Tried Flexible Seating in his Classroom and He is Not a Fan

By Blake Harvard Note: This piece was first published here on the Effortful Educator blog. I tried flexible seating. For those of you who read my blog, this is probably a big shock. I would definitely be considered a more traditional teacher who has his students seated at tables (I would prefer desks, but that’s… Continue reading Guest Post: He Tried Flexible Seating in his Classroom and He is Not a Fan