Patrick Riccards

Guest Blogger

Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Princeton, New Jersey

Patrick Riccards is the chief communications and strategy officer for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The former chief of staff to the National Reading Panel and executive director of the Pennsylvania STEM Initiative, Patrick is also the author of the award-winning book, Dadprovement, and the Eduflack blog.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor Didn’t Get Justice, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Our Kids From a Country Set Out to Kill Them

Before we even get started, I just wanna say that the Grand Jury ruling Breonna Taylor’s killing justified is bullshit.  Now that I’ve gotten that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 28, 2020

The American School System Must Push Back on Fascist Ideas

I am going to share a dirty little secret. For over 20 years, I have been a frequent viewer of “Fox & Friends.” The blame…

By John Tierney

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink…

By Laura Waters

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