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 June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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