Patrick Riccards

Guest Blogger

Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Princeton, New Jersey

Patrick Riccards is the executive director of Best in the World Teachers. Patrick previously served as chief communications and strategy officer for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and chief of staff to the National Reading Panel, as well as director of the federal Partnership for Reading Collaborative and the executive director of the Pennsylvania STEM Initiative.

Patrick is the author of Why Kids Can’t Read: Continuing to Challenge the Status Quo in Education, as well as the award-winning book, Dadprovement, and the Eduflack blog.

 

 

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Posted Dec. 10, 2020

Every Student Succeeds Act’s Fifth Anniversary: Nothing to Celebrate

Five years ago TikTok, the video-sharing social networking platform, didn’t even exist. Today, the New York Times reports that over one-third of…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Nov. 9, 2020

Who Will Be the Next Secretary of Education? Here’s a Different Take.

Even before President-elect Joe Biden offered his inspiring remarks to the nation this weekend, the social media posts declaring, “Bye,…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted May 7, 2018

When It Comes to Teaching, We Need the Few and the Proud

In West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, teachers went on strike to demand better pay and health benefits, seeking to make…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

Cynthia Nixon’s Run for Governor Is Looking a Lot More Like ‘Hypocrisy and the City’

For the past decade or so, the forces of the educational status quo have done battle with those of education…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Aug. 3, 2017

If Only We Could Diversify the Teaching Profession. Oh Wait, We Can.

Based on the narratives of recent years, one would believe the pursuit of equity in the teaching profession is akin…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Apr. 5, 2016

Why This Parent Is Going From Opt-Out to Opt-In

It’s that time of year again. I didn’t need an email from my daughter’s third-grade teacher to remind me that…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Jan. 5, 2016

4 Key Education Concerns Every Presidential Candidate Needs to Consider

By current count, there are no fewer than a dozen Republicans and three Democrats currently seeking their parties’ respective nominations…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Dec. 30, 2015

Here’s How a Great Teacher Is Using Common Core (Yes, I’m Biased)

Not a day can go by without someone criticizing the Common Core State Standards or blaming the Common Core for…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Sep. 1, 2015

Do We Still Want to Blow Up Ed Schools? Don’t Be Ridiculous

A little over a decade ago, a mentor of mine was asked what he would do to fix public education…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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