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#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

Recently, the story of my parents, Renate and Charles Cole, went viral after I tweeted on social media: “My parents went back to college together and they graduated today. Together #salute.” After years of battling drug addiction, it wasn’t easy but from watching my own education journey they also knew it wasn’t impossible. HERE’S HOW MY STORY INSPIRED THEM TO GO… Read more →

An Easy Fix for Oakland’s Schools

When charter-run schools were started they were viewed as potential laboratories of innovation.  Where lessons learned would be replicated in the district-run schools.  This promise has gone largely undeveloped for a host of reasons.  But if we look at Oakland data, and review some research there is a gem to be found. One of the most striking differences between charter-run… Read more →

Keeping the Oakland Promise

You have to love the Oakland Promise Initiative, an ambitious visionary look at the supports that families and students need to be successful; coordinated early care, school based college and career pathway development and money to pay for college.  Kudos to the mayor, superintendent, district, and the constellation of funders and nonprofits for making this happen.  This is visionary stuff,… Read more →

What Has Worked in Oakland–Small Schools

I think it was Nietzsche who said that “every revolutionary tide eventually recedes, leaving only the sludge of a new bureaucracy”.  In Oakland he is wrong. I had a chance to reminisce with some of the architects and builders in Oakland’s New Small Autonomous School and early charter movements this week (Superintendent Chacones, Laura Flaxman , Mara Benitez and Gloria… Read more →

Where are 17,572 Oakland students?

There is a gaping hole in the Oakland enrollment debate and it is 17,000+ kids wide.  While anti-charter activists argue against inclusion of charter schools in the Oakland Unified enrollment system, we are missing the forest through the trees, and have left behind 17,572 kids in the bramble. Oakland has roughly 65,740 school aged children, 36,392 go to District schools… Read more →

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