A note about changes on the blog

To our readers: You might have noticed that this site has been quiet for a while. Carolyn, my co-editor and good friend, discovered she had a medical condition that needed to be treated immediately. Carolyn is recovering but is on continued medical care and will not be able to write her wonderful articles and keep everyone updated on issues affecting students and teachers in Seattle and beyond. She wants to extend a huge thank-you to those in our community who have supported her through the last few months. Your food donations, cards, balloons, chocolates, visits, texts, emails and well wishes … Continue reading A note about changes on the blog

The powerful voice of Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Florida high school where the shooting occurred last week

Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff members were killed, gave the following powerful speech. It begins at 1:35. Here are the faces and names of the victims with a description of … Continue reading The powerful voice of Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Florida high school where the shooting occurred last week

Congress Suspending the Rules to Rush through Bill for National Citizen Data System: HR4174.

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have companion FEPA bills (HR4174 and S2046: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act) that will create a national student data warehouse. Parents will not be able to opt … Continue reading Congress Suspending the Rules to Rush through Bill for National Citizen Data System: HR4174.

The New “Jack”: Trading Justice for Grit

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. What reformers are able to do is to distract schools and communities from engaging in the more radical systemic work that RJ was intended to do…and places (again…) our best initiatives, the ones we believe in, … Continue reading The New “Jack”: Trading Justice for Grit

Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

On March 5th, my friend Shawna Murphy, co-hosted a roundtable discussion on advocacy. I was invited to participate on the panel. These are my opening remarks.  My name is Carolyn Leith and I write for the Seattle Education blog. However, … Continue reading Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

We stand with Andre Helmstetter for Seattle School Board Director

Preface: I met Andre when former Broad trained Seattle Public School Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson began her short-lived tenure in Seattle. One of her first edicts was to close schools, disrupt successful programs and rif teachers. Along with many other parents, teachers … Continue reading We stand with Andre Helmstetter for Seattle School Board Director

Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.

I am writing to encourage everyone who values the 13 years of hard work completed by students as they reach their senior year to call their state legislators. My request is simple: ask your legislator to pass HB 1046. This … Continue reading Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.