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 Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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