Month: September 2017

New Gig for Dr. K

Hi EduMom Readers! My name is Kerry Akashian (pronounced like a special occasion). I live in Boston with my 6-year-old daughter, Fallon. You will be hearing a lot more from me as the year progresses. Let me start by saying thank you to Keri Rodrigues for inviting me to be on her team.  Here are 3 work-related things that you…

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

 (I swear this is not the Drudge Report, but I really need your attention. Kids need our help.) The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is in the midst of a decades-long education crisis. After years of negligence and neglect on the part of local officials, the situation has gotten so bad the the entire system in now under state receivership. This…

Our Hearts Cry for Puerto Rico

Watching the devastation in Puerto Rico and the on-going struggle to make contact with friends and family members in the wake of the biggest catastrophe in modern history has been brutal. Sleepless nights, frantic attempts at phone calls, texts and facebook messages have left some determined to hop on the first plane available to get on the ground to do…

Don’t Give Up the Ship

The last week has been complete and utter crap. But last night? The worst. My nine year old son Matthew, my fire and inspiration for fighting to build parent voice in education has been having difficulty transitioning back to school as a kid with ADHD. Compound that with a growth spurt, medication changes and new kids in his class, (I…

EduMom Goes to Beacon Hill

This morning I started the day with love in my heart and a hunger for justice.  (I even took at selfie.) I dropped the kids off for their first day of school and then hopped on the T to make my way to the Massachusetts State House to testify in favor of H 2025 – A bill that would require…

Stockholm syndrome? No, thanks.

Tonight is a special night in our house. It’s the night before my middle child, Miles, starts kindergarten. As I shared earlier this year, I had to make the decision to send him to Saint Catherine’s of Genoa instead of our district placement because the school where he was assigned simply can’t get the job done when it comes to…