This October issue of the Boston Union Teacher paper has three great articles - the President's Report by President Jessica J. Tang "People, Power and Policy;" "Please Stop Saying Debunked" by Coach Anne Slater; and "Rethinking Schools 3 R's: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships" by Teacher Achala Matthew Godino. Some quotes:
- "Now it will be up to us, we the people, to continue to build the power we need to continue to win more of the policies
that we believe in." - President Jessica J. Tang.
- “The scientists who know the most about reading are big proponents of teaching phonics, but they don’t buy into the idea that it’s phonics first or phonics only. Those ideas come from folks who are trying to push a pendulum, for a sale, or (perhaps like your district) who want to respond to community pressure without taking the trouble to examine the science of reading.” -Tim Shanahan, quoted by Anne Slater
- "The last, and perhaps most critical aspect to building child-centered relationships is our personal and professional commitment to doing so. On a school and district level, low teacher:student ratios, multi-year looping, small school size, observation and feedback protocols, and relationship centered school schedules follow from this commitment." - Achala Matthew Godino