DeVos really hates public schools — something you don’t find often in a secretary of education

Gail Collins used to be the editorial page editor of the New York Times. Now she writes a regular column for the Times, which is usually hilarious. Today, she names Betsy DeVos the winner of her informal reader poll as the Worst Member of Trump’s Cabinet. This was no easy contest. Remember, she was up […]… Continue reading DeVos really hates public schools — something you don’t find often in a secretary of education

Where do authors get book ideas?

I love getting to the end of a book and reading an author’s note that provides insight into the story’s inspiration. The story is classified as fiction, but there is a seed or small moment that the author used as a starting point to create a character or event. Most recently, Miss Priss and I… Continue reading Where do authors get book ideas?

Does the state have a constitutional obligation to ensure all students have access to a quality education?

  The fate of our Gateway Cities lies in their schools. From growing a skilled workforce to maintaining healthy neighborhoods, public education will be the deciding factor. Significant progress has been made, but a lot more needs to happen to put these school systems in a stronger position to drive economic growth and renewal. Some of…… Continue reading Does the state have a constitutional obligation to ensure all students have access to a quality education?

Voucher Watch will compile research on the impact of vouchers on student outcomes

Legal teams will track voucher plans and file lawsuits against them. No public finds for private and religious schools. No public funds for private security forces, private firefighters, private swimming pools, private beaches, private parks. Public means public! Under democratic control. Open meetings. Financial transparency. Open to the public. VOUCHER WATCH LAUNCHED TO COMBAT USE […]… Continue reading Voucher Watch will compile research on the impact of vouchers on student outcomes

Whole child development: choosing to embrace change and focus on what matters most

When you enter Parker-Varney Elementary School, you are immediately struck by the relaxed atmosphere. Make your way to the office to check in, and you’ll see students walking by and waving, moving in and out of community spaces with confidence and ease. There'll be a buzz of excitement in the air, the mark of students… via… Continue reading Whole child development: choosing to embrace change and focus on what matters most

Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets in your classroom

  If you’ve spent time instituting Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets in your classroom, you know that having a growth mindset is all about embracing the power of “yet.” Students may not know something yet, but that shouldn’t stop them from figuring out the answer, improving their skills, or meeting their academic goals.… Continue reading Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets in your classroom

Making sure younger siblings are school-ready!

e BOSTON (CBS) – Two Boston schools, one charter and one traditional, have teamed up with the health centers nearby to make sure younger siblings are school-ready before they even walk through the door in September, and there’s an interesting connection to Facebook. “Sureya is a four-year-old and what we can do to make sure her…… Continue reading Making sure younger siblings are school-ready!