What’s eating our kids? Fears of bad foods.


“Sodium makes your heart beat faster, so it can create something really serious,” said Greye, who is 8 years old and lives in Mays Landing, N.J.”


ever tried to make a fidgety kid sit still?



“On one recent morning, while 11-year-old Nick Raboin had his eye on his math problems, Ms. Brown was noticing that he preferred to shift his weight from one foot to the other as he figured out his fractions. She also knew that his classmate Roxy Cotter liked to stand more than sit. And Brett Leick is inclined to lean on a high stool and swing his right foot under a desk that is near chest level. Helps with concentration, he and Ms. Brown say.”

Climbing Out of Nazism, News from Ohio

A friend just sent me this link.

Here is the first paragraph:

Three years ago, Justin Boyer stood alongside two cohorts and a fascist flag on the Clinton County Courthouse square sidewalk, where he occasionally gave the Nazi salute to a police officer keeping an eye on the proceedings. But today the Lynchburg resident wants the public to know people can change, even the one-time head of an Ohio Nazi group.

There is a wonderful novel by Francine Prose, A Changed Man, which offers a longer story of an older neo-nazi who transforms himself. Here is one review which I found via a quick search.  There are many more.
Does this apply to a charter school in Providence, Rhode Island?  I think so.  I am thankful to all the teachers in my life who read to me, taught me to read, inspired with their leadership, and continue to challenge me.

Blog of Interest: The HBCU Blog

I have been studying  Alabama on the internet, and found this blog.  It is about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and I have only read a few of its posts.

the hbcu blog

What blogs have you discovered recently? Are there any you recommend to the Times2 community?

Dr. Lawrence Davenport, Alabama’s A & M And Rhode Island’s Times2

I have not yet spoken to Dr. Davenport, but I saw him in the Times2 building today ( in the library with faculty where they had a Welcome Breakfast).

If you do a simple search on the Internet, you learn many things.

Here is a link to an article about Dr. Davenport’s candidacy for the President of A&M in Alabama.  That article is dated February 3, 2009.

Yesterday, I spoke with Lee Roop of the Huntsville Times.  He has followed up on these matters.

Dr. Davenport has very strong qualifications and an illustrious history in more than one field.  If he is committed to serving Times2 Academy, I welcome him.

The students of Rhode Island and Alabama can learn from this experience.

Times2 Has a New Executive Director: Welcome Dr. Lawrence Davenport!

The following is the text of a letter I received on Saturday:

January 29, 2009

Dear Times2 Academy Parents/Guardians:

The Times2 Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lawrence Davenport as the new Executive Director and Academic Dean of Times2 Academy. Dr. Davenport begins his duties at the Academy of February 2, 2009.

At 5:00p.m.– 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, parents and other community members are invited to meet and greet, and share light refreshment with Dr. davenport in the elementary school foyer.

Dr. Davenport earned his BA at Michigan State, his Masters at Michigan State and Leicester University, England. He earned his Doctorate at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

He joins the Times2 family with an extensive background in education, government, and the private business sectors. Most recently, he has served at the Executive Vice President of Neher & Associates, an organizational and consulting firm. Among his numerous positions in education, he has served as Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education. Since that time, amidst the education genre, he has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for University Schools, VP of Finance and Operations and CFO at The Milton Hershey School, and Assistant Dean for Special Programs at University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Davenport served as the Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Vice Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Equality of Educational Opportunity, and in addition, served as a Commissioner of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. He is also an accomplished author and has published articles and essays in various publications including the ” Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators”, ” Philanthropy Roundtable”‘, and co-author of the book Career Education and Minorities.

Dr. Davenport’s experience and leadership are essential for advancing the Times2 mission. He and his wife, Cecelia are looking forward to being a part of the Times2 community.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Davenport to the Times2 family.


President Board of Directors

Library Discussions: Providence, RI (includes Times2 neighbors)

Dear Library Supporters,
This week’s public forums on the Future of the Branches will be held

Today (Tuesday), February 3, 6:30 to 7:30. South Providence Library. Forum sponsored by Saint Michael’s Church.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), February 4, 6:00 to 7:00. Smith Hill Library. Forum sponsored by Smith Hill Friends.

For the rest of the forum schedule, consult our website at http://providencecommunitylibrary.org/events.html

Don’t let a little snow prevent you from attending a public forum!  We are hardy New Englanders, after all.

HOWEVER, if PPL should close the library system due to the weather on the night of any of our forums, obviously, we will need to postpone that forum.  If you have any questions as to whether or not a library is closed, you can call the library or you can check for announcements on  PPL’s website, at http://www.provlib.org

The telephone numbers of all the branches are posted on PPL’s website at http://provlib.org/about/locations/default.html

South Providence’s phone number is 401-455-8107

Could anyone bring a laptop to any of the forums?  We’d like to provide people with the opportunity to sign our petition on the spot.