Articles: The Upwardly Mobile Barista & College for the Masses

[These articles make a good pair so I thought I’d share them with you simultaneously. The premise in the article from the Atlantic about Starbucks and Arizona State University is that Starbucks is helping employees pay for college. But the article makes it clear that the support goes well beyond the financial — “The research tells…

Article: Schools Turn to Propane Buses as Stricter Emission Standards Loom

[This article makes me wonder about the emissions effect and noise pollution effect of putting all middle school students on the MBTA instead of yellow school buses, the policy decision that allowed this blog to flourish. Only students with IEPs that require transportation be provided get busses in middle and high school. While I wait…

Ten Hours: Thank You Emails

[This is the third installment in a series I’m calling Ten Hours, about my trip with students to a college in upstate NY. These are a few moments of ten hours we spent on the bus that’ll hopefully give you a sense of the whole 36 hours we spent on the trip and about all the things…

Article: Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge

[I found this really interesting! Now that I’m using texts for my snow-day-notification-machine, I’m wondering what else they could be used for.] Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge JAN. 17, 2015 By SUSAN DYNARSKI There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States. A child born into a poor…

Snow Days

I’ve become a bit of a one-woman-snow-day-notification-machine. We had three snow days last week and we are on one right now. Total snowfall over the past week: over 3 feet. Each evening my colleagues and I avidly check our phones and computers for news about school closings. From the BPS website, to its twitter, to its facebook…