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Kappan Magazine

What should we make of book bans?

Since last year, there have been 1,400+ instances of book bans across 37 states. In his latest column for Kappan, Professor Jonathan Collins digs into the issue and presents a clear path forward.
In 2020, when the Central Falls School District received federal COVID-19 relief dollars, the superintendent earmarked $100,000 for community members to allocate using the same method of direct democracy. Professor Jonathan Collins led an evaluation of the district’s participatory budgeting process.
For the first time in its 20-year history, the Rhode Island Principal of the Year award has been awarded to a school leader in Central Falls for 2023. Robert McCarthy MAT'89 received the honor from the Central Falls School District and Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP) for his outstanding leadership and service to the school community as principal of Central Falls High School.
News From Education

Student Spotlight: Patrick Mignanelli '23 MAT

Patrick Mignanelli is an MAT candidate in the social studies cohort. Having previously taught in a rural public school, he joined the Brown MAT program to become a better teacher and learn how to create a student-centered classroom.
Professor Jonathan Collins talks to Suresh Venkatasubramanian, a professor of data science and computer science at Brown University, about the emergence of ChatGPT and the major implications AI can have for K-12 education.
An educator and Councilman of Ward 1 in Providence, John talks about the best ways to prepare for the role of “teacher.” And his best advice for students looking for a career in public service? Get involved and take that first step towards your goal by doing something—big or small. That first step can often set you on a path of impactful work.
News From Education

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Tricia Kelly

Dr. Tricia Kelly has extensive experience working with Multilingual Learners as a teacher, program consultant, and curriculum specialist. Her current teaching and research interests include ways to infuse asset-based and culturally-affirming practices into integrated programs for Multilingual Learners in K-12 school settings.
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

New Collaboration to Improve Teacher Preparation in PPSD

The Providence Public School District and Rhode Island’s major teacher preparation institutions, including Brown University, have come together to improve educator experiences and build stronger connections with local schools.
The Cobb Teaching & Learning System (CTLS) is a digital learning initiative developed for and by the Cobb County School District (CCSD) in Georgia. Adopting a mixed-methods approach, this case study by Professor Kenneth Wong and UEP alum Spencer Davis '22 AM seeks to analyze CTLS’s design and implementation, focusing on digital transformation and professional collaboration within CCSD.
Kappan Magazine

It’s more than money: Supporting the Black school

What does Deion Sanders' decision to leave HBCU coaching have to do with K-12 education policy reform? Professor Jonathan Collins ties the two together in his latest column for Kappan Magazine.
On January 23, the Brookings Center on Children and Families hosted an event where leading education experts, including Professor Lindsay Page, discussed the factors that contribute to college enrollment disparities and ways to improve access to higher education.
Carl F. Kaestle, University Professor and Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy emeritus, passed away on January 5, 2023, in Bloomington, IN. Carl was a towering figure in the history of American education whose scholarship, service, and leadership helped to build and shape the field.
News From Education

Alum Spotlight: Ally Wright, '13 MAT

Meet Ally Wright, '13 MAT, who specialized in Secondary English Education while at Brown. She began her teaching career as an English instructor before transitioning into her new role as a Founding Principal of South LA College Prep, a public charter school in Los Angeles, CA.
Professor Kenneth Wong, an authority in governance redesign of school systems, and other leading education professionals comment on the crisis of confidence in the North Kingstown, RI school system operations and offer suggestions to kick off recovery efforts.
Public discourse at school board meetings has grown more heated and more politicized, leading some boards to limit sometimes lengthy public comment time in favor of expediency. This choice breeds distrust amongst constituents and closes opportunities for accountability and transparency. Professor Jonathan Collins offers ideas for how boards can change routines to build trust with parents.
HGSE Usable Knowledge

Turning Around Teacher Turnover

A recent study by John Papay of Brown University and Heather Hill of Harvard University on successful professional development strategies offers a promising path forward for teachers to avoid burnout.
School boards around the country have sought to limit public comment at their meetings in recent months, many in response to overheated debates on issues like COVID-19 precautions and equity for LGBTQ students. “If they don’t have conversations with the public, they might be making decisions more efficiently, but they are also opening themselves up to a lot of distrust,” says Professor Jonathan Collins.
Between the 1970s and 1980s, a bipartisan group of philanthropists, educational researchers, and eventually the Ronald Reagan administration politicized the image of the strict Black school disciplinarian as the key to urban school turnaround. In this article, Professor Mahasan Chaney writes about this image became a substitute for (more expensive) structural urban school reforms and how this idea demonstrates that discipline became a dominant focus of school reform after 1970.
Brown University YouTube

Ed Faculty Flash Talk: John P. Papay

Professor John Papay is an Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Brown University. His research focuses primarily on two major areas: policies that affect teachers and the equitable distribution of effective teachers across schools, and how educational institutions affect student success from K-12 to college and beyond.
“High-impact tutoring is a relationship-based tutoring,” said Susanna Loeb, the director of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, which produces research on effective education practices. “It relies on an adult to understand a student, understand their needs, be there to celebrate successes with them, be there to support them.”
David Upegui, Adjunct Lecturer in Education, Teacher Residency Site Leader at Central Falls, and science teacher has been named among the 2022 nationwide class of PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars for his work encouraging students to be innovative thinkers and future community leaders.
Brown University YouTube

Ed Faculty Flash Talks: Mahasan Chaney

Mahasan Chaney is an Assistant Professor of Education. Her research and teaching focus on education policy and the history of education, and center on three related policy areas: the racial politics of education, the politics of school punishment, and the ideologies and discourses of education reform.
In a study co-authored by Professor Matthew Kraft, Danielle Sanderson Edwards, and others, researchers show that teacher vacancy levels vary drastically between schools in the same communities.
News From Education

Student Spotlight: Celenah Watson '23, Education Studies

Meet Celenah Watson '23, a Brown undergraduate concentrating in Education Studies. Celenah is also a co-leader of our Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG), which plans events and activities to build a sense of community within the concentration.
News From Education

Alumni Answer: What Keeps You Coming Back to Teach?

Alums of Brown University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and former Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) answer the question: what keeps you coming back to the classroom each year to teach?
Kappan Magazine

The policy of school policing

It's clear that school policing needs to change. In his latest column for Kappan Magazine, Professor Jonathan Collins lays out an idea of what community policing in schools should look like.