Category Archives: Changing the Discourse

25 Handy Words We Need In Schools

You may have already seen this post, 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English. It looks like it’s been culled from Christopher Moore’s In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World.  Reading … Continue reading

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The Moral Imperative: With the Kellogg Foundation Learning Labs in Mississippi

The Learning Labs is a national movement to radically improve early learning (birth to age 5) for all children in the United States. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the movement consists of a partnership of innovative state-level early learning … Continue reading

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Teaching with a Cultural Eye and Listening

We welcomed over 40 teachers and other educators, including teams from nine bay area K-12 schools, to our most recent Teaching with a Cultural Eye (TCE) Institute last week (March 15-16) to learn, discuss, and reflect on relationships with students in the context … Continue reading

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The Dropout Crisis: Solutions from Castlemont High

I spent this morning listening to a great segment on our local NPR affiliate KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny.  The segment, entitled “The Dropout Crisis: Solutions” was broadcast from the auditorium of Oakland’s Castlemont High School and featured guests Fania … Continue reading

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But That’s Just Good Teaching!

Last week’s event with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings was phenomenal.  We co-sponsored the event at Oakland High School with Mills College’s Center for Urban School Partnerships and couldn’t be more grateful for the folks at Mills for getting this great event … Continue reading

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Detroit Parents Visiting Schools – Update

We blogged recently about working with parents in Detroit on how to productively evaluate their schools.  Now the parents have begun their school visits, organized by Excellent Schools Detroit,  and there was a nice piece on it in the local … Continue reading

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Working with Parents to Evaluate Schools

A team from the National Equity Project is working with Excellent Schools Detroit this week to train and support parents and community organizations to conduct formal site visits of their schools and evaluate school quality.  This initiative is part of … Continue reading

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Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings in Oakland | March 8, 2012

We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Mills College School of Education, Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships. The Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships presents their year-long series: Preparing Educators and Youth in a Racist World. Dr. … Continue reading

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Mass Incarceration and the school to prison pipeline

We are disturbed and inspired to action by Michelle Alexander’s research and analysis, summed up in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The information below does not directly touch on education, but it speaks deeply to … Continue reading

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Right and Wrong Drivers for Systems Reform

We are reading and thinking about this excellent recent paper by Michael Fullan, “Choosing the wrong drivers for whole system reform,” which reinforces our approaches and helps us expand upon them.  Fullan identifies four “wrong” drivers for systems reform in education, … Continue reading

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