Category Archives: Effective Teaching

5 Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

1) Commit to knowing your students well — academically, socially, and emotionally.  Learn about their families, cultures, and interests.  Ask questions, talk with parents, community members and colleagues, read books, watch movies, listen to music.  Make home visits, or create … Continue reading

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Thank a Teacher

Teachers have been packing up classrooms and wrapping up the year to start their summer break, although many of them will work for extra money, many will take courses and workshops, read and do self-study, and de-stress and finally get some sleep.  … 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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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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Adora Svitak Talks Learning Partnerships

A couple weeks ago our staff met for our annual mid-year retreat.  We opened the day watching an inspirational Ted Talk from twelve-year old author and poet Adora Svitak. I was struck not only by her poise, humor and eloquence, … Continue reading

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