September 9, 2015

 

“What can I do to help my child have a great school year?” This is the most common question parents ask me every fall. In fact, my column last week was all about things parents can do to help ensure their child’s success at school. Interestingly, though, the number on...

June 3, 2015

In education, we’re always looking for the magic bullet – that one thing that will help children to succeed, that will help eliminate the achievement gap once and for all. If we lengthen the school day, will that increase scores? If we provide our students with better-...

April 15, 2015

 

Last week, the 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was presented to a room filled with health care and education professionals, policy makers, and local and state leaders. While Rhode Island has made great gains in some areas, decreasing both the percentage of infan...

March 4, 2015

 

Last week, I wrote about school lunches. However, you may not realize that in addition to the National School Lunch Program, there is also a National School Breakfast Program. Since 1975, this meal program has provided federal funding to states, enabling more than 89,...

February 6, 2015

Our national conversation often revolves around “the American dream,” that uniquely American notion that anyone who works hard can live a full life that includes a secure job, satisfying personal relationships, the freedom to share one’s opinions, and maybe even home o...

January 9, 2015

A student should not be promoted to the next grade if he or she has not been earning passing grades or is unable to do grade-level work. Almost any citizen will agree with this statement; even President Obama told the Washington Post in 2010, “This notion that we shoul...

January 2, 2015

Last month, The Educator’s Room published an article written by Jeremy Adams in which he lamented the “panacea du jour” approach to education, the way everyone seems to have the solution to our troubled schools: highly trained teachers, accountability, Common Core, lon...

December 26, 2014

Nationally, there is a growing trend towards assessing all incoming kindergartners to ensure that teachers and schools are meeting their academic needs. Currently, 34 states either require some form of these assessments or have a plan for them; using federal grant fund...

December 18, 2014

In a nation where we increasingly believe that further education after high school is necessary for success, the cost of that education is becoming increasingly unaffordable. CNN aired a documentary last month called Ivory Tower about the astronomical costs of college...

October 9, 2014

Last year, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock told the New York Times that, "GPA's are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless." In fact, Google no longer asks applicants for transcripts, GPAs, or test scores becau...

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