A school comes together to help immigrants to learn – Education Article

  The Donald McKay School in East Boston, where I serve as principal, has always reflected our community not only in terms of population, but also in spirit and approach. For generations, immigrant strivers have called East Boston their Gateway to America. Today, East Boston is home to the highest percentage of foreign-born citizens in any Boston neighborhood. Here, we are the proud educators of the next generation of strivers in a school that is 89 percent Latino, the majority…

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Rahm Emanuel’s Non-Apology Apology for Being a School Privatization Cheerleader – Education Article

    Rahm Emanuel’s recent op-ed in The Atlantic may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read.   The title “I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor” seems to imply Emanuel has finally seen the light.   The outgoing Chicago Mayor USED TO subscribe to the radical right view that public schools should be privatized, student success should be defined almost entirely by standardized testing, teachers should be stripped of…

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The Trouble with Test-Obsessed Principals – Education Article

    When I was a child, I couldn’t spell the word “principal.”   I kept getting confused with its homonym “principle.”   I remember Mr. Vay, the friendly head of our middle school, set me straight. He said, “You want to end the word with P-A-L because I’m not just your principal, I’m your pal!”   And somehow that corny little mnemonic device did the trick.   Today’s principals have come a long way since Mr. Vay.   Many…

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Is My School Better BECAUSE I Lead It? – Education Article

Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?By Baruti K. Kafele(ASCD, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Frank J. Hagen Is my school a better school because I lead it? This is a direct question that one might expect to be answered in the affirmative by many, if not all, current school leaders. However, an affirmative response was unfortunately not the reaction received by Baruti Kafele as he traveled around the United States on a book promotional tour.…

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