Alisha Smith

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

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…

By Alisha Smith

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Posted May 17, 2017

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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