Reflections from Haiti

I recently traveled to Haiti with other Barr Foundation Fellows. I hope you will read my reflections on this amazing experience (though I do admit- they are long!) I look forward to hearing any comments or...

A school with promise

Something seems amiss in all of the teacher and union bashing in the news these days. That talk about earning too much money, bloated benefits, not working hard enough, not caring about the kids. And then how the union protects us, especially the really bad ones. I...

The power of community

“What are you doing in that robe?” Riana, a 10th grader, asks me as I come barreling down the stairs. “I’m going to Abraham’s graduation,” I reply grinning, “And I can’t be late.” It’s mid-day in March, graduation day at Boston Arts Academy. Faculty line the assembly...

What teachers really need

A few weeks ago, The Boston Foundation (TBF) released a report entitled, “The Real Cost of the Contract.”  The report gained a lot of press; the Boston Globe published a front-page article highlighting the report’s findings, and Richard Stutman, the BTU President,...