Patrick Riccards

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 its 49 million daily users…

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 up for the economic losses…

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 reformers. The most common line…

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 to the pursuit of an…

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 the PARCC test was being…

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 for president of the United…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Jan. 1, 2016

From Our Friends: Here Are Our Hopes for 2016

Last week I put out a call to all the members of our growing network of bloggers and friends to share their hopes for 2016…

By Peter Cunningham

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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 all that ails our public education system. And while assessments are usually the prime target for Common Core haters, the standards’ emphasis on non-fiction texts have drawn greater scrutiny in recent months. No, Eduflack isn’t going to (AGAIN) rise the defense of Common Core and all that it stands for. Instead, I’d just like…

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 if he was in charge…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Sep. 15, 2014

Don’t Drown Out Teacher Voice

Adding to our call for a less politicized, more inclusive conversation about improving public education, Patrick Riccards has an insightful piece on Education Week’s site today. Riccards,…

By Michael Vaughn

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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. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

Your Thanksgiving Clip Art and Crafts Might Be Microaggressions. Here’s How to Do Better.

In March, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publication of six of the prolific writer’s works due to his demeaning caricatures of non-white ethnicities. This…

By B. Manker, Ed.D

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