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Save Our Schools – A Great Beginning



My head is still spinning. On Sunday evening I returned from Washington, DC and the Save Our Schools Rally. More than just a rally, it was four days of connecting with other educators, parents, students and activists who are ready to take a giant step towards reclaiming the [...]

Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action July 28-31 2011

I am going to Washington DC today to attend the Save Our Schools Conference, Rally, March and Call to Action.

I am going because I am tired of politicians, businessmen and billionaires making harmful decisions about our schools and our children; because high-stakes testing is not the answer to making better schools; and one [...]

Keeping the field in Field Trip

“I can smell where you’ve been!” I joked with a group of youngsters earlier this fall. These first and second graders were getting off the bus from their field trip to a dairy farm. The ripe cow smell brought back cherished and vivid memories from my days teaching at Mission Hill School in Boston. No, [...]

Dear Michelle Obama:

The good news is, someone on the White House Task Force for childhood obesity was listening. This week, Michelle Obama sent an email releasing their report, and among the many recommendations, was restoring recess!

Recommendation 5.4: State and local educational agencies should be encouraged to promote recess for elementary students and physical activity breaks for [...]

Alliance for Childhood’s Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health and Education Professionals

You know something is wrong when a kindergartner asks: “Mom, can I retire from school?”

Kindergarten has traditionally been a wonderful world of discovery and playful learning. It has been a place where young children grow in their independence, form relationships outside the family circle, and learn about the world around them in a thoughtful [...]

Quick update on May 14th post

On May 14th I wrote about preparing children for life versus preparing them for standardized tests.

Here is an update…my letter to the editor was published. Check it out at ?alt=rss Share! (function() { var po = document.createElement(‘script’); po.type = ‘text/javascript’; po.async = true; po.src = ‘’; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })();