Monthly Archives: November 2016

Superintendent Wilson’s Legacy in Oakland

News broke last week that Oakland Unified’s superintendent, Antwan Wilson was moving on to become the new school chief in DC.  This has been a tumultuous couple of years in Oakland, marked at times by divisive rhetoric and deadlocks, but also some real progress that will last beyond this superintendent. While the media and advocates have tended to focus on… Read more →

Make Oakland Better by Taking the “Two Tour Pledge”

Change starts with us, it always has, and always will. No place is this more real than in school segregation, where thousands of individual choices tend to reinforce racial and class separation and continue the cleavages emanating from America’s original sin of slavery. And for too long, the hard work of racial progress has fallen on Black and Brown folks,… Read more →

Oakland school’s chief Antwan Wilson to be named D.C. schools chancellor

According to the Washington Post’s Emma Brown, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser is expected to announce superintendent of Oakland California schools Antwan Wilson, as the next D.C. school’s chancellor. The nomination comes after city officials resolve that an outsider could be the best solution to addressing withstanding issues affecting D.C. schools. Between completely closing the slowly narrowing achievement gaps among… Read more →

After the Election- The New “The Talk”

Election day hurt bad, it still hurts.  I was in two Oakland schools.  One in the West, and one in Fruitvale.  Little girls in hijabs lined up alongside voters in one school.  And in the other school, which is 60% English language learners it was picture day, beautiful site with little kids beaming in the best dresses, little ties on,… Read more →

You Want to Know the Students of Richmond? Then You Gotta Live Here.

“OK, let’s go save these kids.” This was the expression used by a fellow teacher before the school year began. As I heard the expression, I wondered if the remark had any degree of truthfulness. Serving a community that is notorious for its poverty and high crime rate, as is the city of Richmond, California, can convince any outsider that… Read more →

Be informed, get involved, vote in Oakland school board election Nov. 8th

Almost nothing is more important to the health of a city than how well it educates its kids. So, if you care about Oakland, you need to care about who runs the schools. On November 8th you can do more than “care” in the passive sense. You can activate all of the power a democracy affords citizens by voting for folks… Read more →

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