Monthly Archives: October 2015

Working to truly be a full service community district

It’s a great tagline folks say nowadays when we discuss schools. We say terms like ‘equity’ and ‘serving the whole child’. We focus on important issues such as Common Core or the Opportunity Gap but we tend to leave out some of the other major social issues that plague our kids daily. There’s a ton and a half of them… Read more →

How is Oakland Measuring Up?

Great content and food for thought in the Center for Reinventing Public Education’s latest report, Measuring Up; Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities, which compares 50 cities, including Oakland, across a range of measures of academic growth, achievement, and opportunities. There are highlights, lowlights, and yawning achievement and opportunity gaps, but the biggest takeaway from the report is range… Read more →

After Arne

In case you missed it Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced his upcoming resignation, with former NYS State Education Commissioner, John King expected to take his place.  I worked with John over the years, and being two of the four or so Brothers in leadership positions in NYC we sat on several panels together around issues of diversity and… Read more →

“Yes means Yes” Sex Ed. Law is the Right Move for CA

Teaching sex education in schools is a cringe worthy task.  The schools are forced to confront painful realities that many parents would rather be in denial about, leading to uncomfortable confrontations, raw emotions, and sometimes schisms.  But sometimes not… Years ago in West Oakland, one of my schools faced down these issues, and found community in the honest conversations, salvaging… Read more →

Good News, mostly, in the Latest Survey of CA Teachers, but Belief Gap Persists

The latest survey shows that 75% California teachers are satisfied with their jobs, 78% saw developing critical thinking as  a priority, roughly 80% support the Common core standards, though nearly half of teachers had reservations (quite reasonably) about them, and almost all teachers consider themselves knowledgeable about what should be done for college and career readiness.  That’s the good news—an engaged and seemingly… Read more →

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