Brianna Carter

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I am an AP Psychology teacher and staff developer/academic coach at Baltimore Freedom Academy.

About Brianna Help
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Occupation: Staff Developer/Teacher, Baltimore Freedom Academy
Interests: Urban education, teacher retention, family dynamics and development
Affiliations: American Psychological Association, Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
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Journalism: Less than 1 year
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 10-30 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
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Address: Baltimore, MD, US
Last Visit: Jan 1, 2012 - 12:14 PM PST
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2011 - 6:28 PM PDT

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Brianna reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2011
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3.9

I really appreciated this article for its relevance to student achievement. Baltimore City students have been faced with so many challenges academically (e.g., poor facilities, social promotion) and it's refreshing to hear about the success of our children. What's more is that this is a program that has teachers making a sacrifice (pay, personal time) to invest in the gutures of their students.

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Brianna reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
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3.9

I went to a county high school in Harrisburg, PA (much different than Baltimore, I completely understand that) and our school's student council organization co-sponsored the annual craft fair so that we could raise money for student activities including prom. With hundreds of vendors, it led to our largest deposit! No question. In light of all the budget cuts coming down the pipe, I don't see why the Board of Education wouldn't move to a system that allows community use of ... More »

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Brianna reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
Brianna's Rating
3.9

With this story being so new, it's understandable that not many details are available. The writer clearly worked with sources available, including neighbors.

It's truly unfortunate when a child is lost. The safety of our children should be our primary goal as a people.

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Brianna reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2011
Brianna's Rating
4.0

Wow! I definitely agree with certain professions being well-paid; however, this article reminds me of a conversation I've had a million times over since I was in junior high school--why are athletes making so much money and teachers are not? Now, keep in mind that while I am a teacher now, I was having this conversation in the 7th grade. In all seriousness, it is bothersome that while we'rein such a recession and schools, especially in Baltimore City, are losing funding (I mean ... More »

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Brianna reviewed this story - Feb 28, 2011
Brianna's Rating
3.9

I recall my initial shock after listening to Amy Chua on NPR describe her choosing which instruments her children MUST master and making them revise a home-made mother's day card. But after lilstening to her rationale (preparing them for how brutal the world can be), I started to listen instead of judge. Once the interview concluded I was left to reflect on my own decisions and philosophies as a mother and teacher. And those conclusions: As a mother, I make my 3-year-old twin ... More »

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Brianna reviewed this story - Feb 28, 2011
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3.3

It seems like there's more to the story, either the background or next steps ("future"). And I would argue that while Billie Holliday left an incredible legacy, there's more to "Black History" in Baltimore than her ties. What is the future of physical memorials in Baltimore created to honor Black History?

It's sad that the person who did tag the memorial likely is unaware of Billie Holiday's legacy. Furthermore, I wonder what is missing from that person's life that it was so important for that person do mark that territory. Music? Self worth? Love?

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Brianna reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2011
Brianna's Rating
3.9

While I'm no animal rights activist, nor a vegan or vegetarian I do have a heart for pets. Just today, one of my students told me that someone stole her dog and she's devastated. Before owning a dog, I never understood how a human could develop such a passion for a pet; but once a pet-owner, my heart goes out to anyone who loses a pet, including my student. It's truly unfortunate that families are having to make a choice that really leaves them risking a family member's life.

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Brianna reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2011
Brianna's Rating
2.0

The title is misleading and the intended theme is loosely connected. There is little transition from the attention-getting "Obama visits Martha's vineyard" to "an illegal immigrant killed someone in a car crash" (paraphrasing, not direct quote). No experts have been consulted nor have any official, peer-reviewed or otherwise credible publications been cited.

Illegal immigration is definitely an issue, but over time I have become sympathetic to the cause. As a teacher in Phoenix, AZ many of my students were "undocumented citizens" who were able to enjoy the free K-12 education this country affords (one of these former students was here illegally driving a car and hit my car in the parking lot trying to park). But thinking less about my car and more about the future of our country and that of my former students, our laws don't provide ... More »

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Brianna posted and reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2011
Brianna's Rating
4.0

Yes, but I do wish there would have been more background information provided. For example, it would have been helpful if the author included the name of the 1996 case that banned race as an admissions factor in Texas.

Higher education in this country has long been the main avenue for achieving a better quality of life. The disparities between the quality of life of families in lower socioeconomic levels and those in higher levels is simply unjust. It's no surprise that, with our country's history of inequitable laws and social codes, urban schools with fewer resources serve the greatest number of minority students. With all the attention this topic has gotten from California v. Bakke to more ... More »

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Brianna reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2011
Brianna's Rating
4.0

Uses multiple sources and consults various studies, government programs (with active links), and experts named with associated credentials.

While I can appreciate the conflict surrounding school choices with quality breakfast and lunch programs; I wonder how physical education offerings and requirements also contribute to the obesity epidemic.

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Brianna posted and reviewed this story - Jan 21, 2011
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