Jessica Waters

Guest Blogger

2013 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Jessica Waters is a mother of three, former Rhode Island Teacher of the Year and current director of academics at Nowell Leadership Academy.

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Posted Oct. 10, 2019

We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the oval office with…

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Posted July 14, 2017

We Can Love and Support Our Students Without Lowering Our Expectations

I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the Oval Office with…

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Posted May 27, 2015

Of Course There’s Poverty, But Everything We Do In School Matters Too

Is it possible to speak honestly about barriers to student achievement and then ignore all school factors when doing so?…

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Posted Apr. 2, 2015

From One Teacher to Another: Results Matter More Than Practice

The bottom line is and always will be very simple: If my students aren’t learning, then I am not an…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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