Massachusetts · School Talk

Connecting Kids’ Passions to the Work Force in Middle School? This CEO says Yes.

At what point should we really start working with kids to help them figure out how to know themselves, identify what they love to do, and figure out if that interest or passion could transfer into a skill that could become their life’s work? This is the question that Jean Eddy, CEO of American Student… Continue reading Connecting Kids’ Passions to the Work Force in Middle School? This CEO says Yes.

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Why Do We Accept Higher Expectations on the Field Than in the Classroom?

My really smart and brave friend from Tennessee, Vesia Hawkins, wrote a thought-provoking piece about how all in parents and families are when it comes to youth football and she wonders if those same families show an equal level of engagement and commitment when it comes to their children’s literacy and numeracy. As the mom… Continue reading Why Do We Accept Higher Expectations on the Field Than in the Classroom?

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Barbara Mullen: Why We owe It to Our Students to Take Off Our Masks

We Wear the Mask BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and… Continue reading Barbara Mullen: Why We owe It to Our Students to Take Off Our Masks

Connecticut · School Talk

Seats Sit Empty While Black and Brown Students Are Turned Away

Children in the state of Connecticut are being denied access to schools that have plenty of room for them because of the color of their skin. Yup, that’s right. Available seats in the magnet schools of Hartford—and beyond— sit empty despite long waitlists for admission. And this denial of opportunity is happening in the name… Continue reading Seats Sit Empty While Black and Brown Students Are Turned Away

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Yes on Gun Ban, No on School Closures in Extreme Heat

I never thought we’d be debating whether or not it is more likely that a child die in school from heat stroke or from an active shooter, but that was part of the conversation happening in Rhode Island this week when 2 school related debates took center stage on the same day. Rhode Island was… Continue reading Yes on Gun Ban, No on School Closures in Extreme Heat

Rhode Island · School Talk

Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

It would be an understatement to say that the earth shook a bit in Providence last week when the United States Department of Justice revealed that Providence Public Schools has got a major problem when it comes to how it is serving—and not serving—its English Language Learners. We now know that PPSD and the DOJ… Continue reading Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

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Suspension Simply Wasn’t the Answer. And That Happens A Lot.

Her name is Alexandra. She was a student in a school where I used to work and she was one of those kids who challenges you, causes her share of trouble, and comes to appreciate and love you deeply when you’ve earned her trust. Oh, she steals your heart too. To this day, a letter… Continue reading Suspension Simply Wasn’t the Answer. And That Happens A Lot.

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

School Supply Lists Can Make a Girl Crazy

Oh joy, the school supply lists arrived by email this week. Of course, as many of you know, this is only the first round of supply lists, the one that we learned a long time ago doesn’t always jibe with what the teachers actually require the kids to have. This is the supply list that… Continue reading School Supply Lists Can Make a Girl Crazy

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Now You Care About the Other Kids? Come on, Val

Valerie Strauss is well known for her education writing at Answer Sheet in the Washington Post. She writes with a an anti-reform bias, that she makes no effort to hide, and like most education minded folks this week, she decided to weigh in on the opening of LeBron James’ school in Akron, Ohio. One would… Continue reading Now You Care About the Other Kids? Come on, Val

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If Your Biggest Problem Is Daddy Ball, You’re the Lucky One

If there’s one thing that gets today’s parents upset, it is when they think that their child isn’t getting the playing time they deserve on a team. There are all sorts of reasons for this “injustice,” not the least of which is when the coach plays his own son or daughter over players that are… Continue reading If Your Biggest Problem Is Daddy Ball, You’re the Lucky One