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Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

Working to imagine and create more equitable, relevant, and effective schools would not be possible without teachers. For a Teacher Appreciation Week that falls during the most complex and challenging school year we’ve known, our team members reflected on what the teacher community means to them: Malika Ali: “Teachers – we will never be able…

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COVID Clarity: Finding New Focus in a Turbulent Year

March 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the last time I saw my colleagues in person. It has been a year of urgency, adaptiveness, and problem-solving. Yet experiencing how the global pandemic and the national racial reckoning has impacted education has forced our team to double down on where our work can have the…

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White Supremacy, Misogyny, and Hate: We must name it if we are ever to eradicate it.

As a human being, my heart breaks for the lives lost in this week’s Atlanta shootings, for the families who are grieving, and for the loved ones who have yet to hear the worst news one could imagine. As an Asian-American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman, I am terrified. Violent attacks and racist rhetoric against…

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A new group of RI substitute teachers hope to make a difference

School was Chrystal Wheeler’s salvation. “School was an escape for me,” she said. “It was a place I felt safe. I didn’t have to pull my father out of a drug house.” Wheeler, 46, a childhood educator, is one of the first cohorts of substitute teachers to graduate from the Highlander Institute’s fast-track training program….

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Who ya gonna call? Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents

Rhode Island’s statewide helpline of experts could be a model to follow for remote learning Not long after schools closed because of the coronavirus last spring, a Rhode Island nonprofit launched a hotline for teachers who were struggling to launch new technology for remote leaning and trying to figure out how to teach with it….

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