Alisha Smith

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Guest Blogger

Dean of Culture

Lincoln, Rhode Island

Alisha Smith graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from Western Governors University with a master’s degree in educational leadership. After a short time working in the social services arena, she began teaching and immediately knew education was the place for her. Alisha taught in Florida and Texas for a total of 7 years before joining the Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) team in 2014. She is currently the dean of culture for BVP’s Elementary School 3.

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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VIDEO: Turns Out Everything I Thought About Public Charter Schools Was Wrong

When I interviewed for a position with Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) in Rhode Island almost three years ago, my perception…

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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