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Posted Aug. 1, 2016

After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 6, 2016

Good News for Common Core in Massachusetts

Massachusetts students, educators and taxpayers went into the Fourth of July weekend with much to celebrate about the future of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted June 2, 2016

I Actually Think Robert Pondiscio Raised Important and Fair Questions

I’m on a bit of an island this week. While many reformers pile on to Robert Pondiscio for his piece…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 25, 2016

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Beth Anderson on TFA Inspiration, Moments of Triumph, and ‘Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution’

Beth Anderson, founder of the Phoenix Charter School Academy Network in Massachusetts, thought she knew what a hard life looked…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 16, 2016

Hey Edu-Moms, Let’s Remember How Much We Have in Common

We celebrated Mother’s Day last week and I got to thinking. There are so many incredible Moms on both sides…

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Posted Mar. 18, 2016

School Discipline Is a Big Issue, But That NYT Headline Is Not Helping Anyone

Perhaps it was written to be clickbait, but the New York Times put a pot-stirring headline on a story that…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 14, 2016

How Long Will We Wait? It’s Time for Connecticut to Finally Reform Teacher Evaluation

The world is filled with extraordinary achievements that have been accomplished within five-year periods. We built and developed nuclear capabilities…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 9, 2016

Coffee Break: Superintendent Deborah Gist on Moving Home, the Nae Nae and Jumping Out of Planes

Tulsa’s new superintendent of schools, Deborah Gist, described the decision to leave the job as Rhode Island’s education commissioner as…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 1, 2016

Hollywood, We Need a ‘Spotlight 2’ Exposing the Abuse in Our Schools

The film “Spotlight” deservingly took home the top Oscar Sunday night for its portrayal of the Boston Globe’s hugely consequential…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 16, 2016

Now It’s Clear That Massachusetts Should Have Simply Kept PARCC

Hindsight is always 20/20, but Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang doesn’t need any since he and many others were right about…

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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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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