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Category Archives: A Better Way

In response to Charlottesville

Being African American, I have seen and heard many things in my life, many times because most people don’t know my heritage and speak freely of others who are different. … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 11 Comments

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 … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s time for a Human Rights Act

I wrote the following letter today to the Mayor and City Council in Portland, Oregon where I live at this time. To the Mayor of Portland and the City Council, … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

KnowledgeWorks, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the push for competency based learning

How can I have a problem with competency based learning? This is a question I get asked quite a lot these days. To be fair, critics of my stance usually … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 8 Comments

Thank you ACLU and all others who fight to protect the rights of ALL who live in the United States


April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Time to Keep Your Promise to Olympic View Elementary

On November 2, 2015, one day before the general election, Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference on the steps of Olympic View Elementary to promote The Levy to Move … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Learning, Cicada Killers & the Next Big Fight

Those seeking to privatize our schools know framing the conversation is key. That’s why institutions like the MacArthur Foundation have put serious time and money into social science research. Focus group … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

  You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

McCleary Crime Scene Find the Money Word Search

A year ago Teacher Retention Advocate Parents (TRAP)  hosted a coloring contest to draw attention to Washington State’s criminally under-funded public schools. Today, TRAP is back – because the Legislature STILL can’t … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 1 Comment