Category Archives: Equity Pedagogy

Growing Roses in Concrete

Professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade has been giving a very powerful talk in a few venues around the Bay Area on his work with and research on students in the most impoverished neighborhoods in Oakland. He offers the alarming statistic that one … Continue reading

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Equity Conversations among Mentors and New Teachers: Partner Profile

Last year we engaged in a yearlong partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.  This new video provides an overview of that partnership and how new teacher mentors (“support providers”) … Continue reading

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Teach Like an Equity Champion

A partner school has been using a book called Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (a leader at Uncommon Schools) in their school-wide professional learning.  Different teams were responsible for different sections, they read together, observed and videotaped each other’s … Continue reading

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Motivation and Learning

Student motivation is so often left out of the equation in talking about schooling and reform.  When education is perceived as something that is done to students rather than with them, it tends to result in standardization, low expectations, thin … Continue reading

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School reform and the “pedagogy of poverty”

Alfie Kohn’s recent article in Education Week, “Poor Teaching for Poor Children” (a longer version is available on his site) is getting a lot of attention among parent groups here in Oakland.  He makes a passionate case against the double … Continue reading

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The Turnaround Teacher

In all the talk of turnaround schools, the qualities of the teaching that such schools require, sometimes called turnaround teachers, gets short shrift.  It’s the classroom as black box again, the black box that Wiliam and Black cracked open so … Continue reading

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Effective Teaching Discussion with Pedro Noguera

Our Advisory Board member, NYU education professor and authority on urban schools, Pedro Noguera spoke with Oakland’s Effective Teaching Task Force last week and shared a lot of good ideas and many compelling examples of schools that are fostering strong … Continue reading

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