Category Archives: Schools

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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A policy in need of turnaround

This is a share from the Public Education Network weekly news blast: In a commentary in Education Week, [National Equity Project Advisory Board member] Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein lament the approach to school turnarounds prescribed by the DOE, which they … 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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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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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends – School Harassment Still Puts GLBT Youth at Risk

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military ended today, a reason for celebration.  Here is the Obama administration video commemorating the end of the policy and featuring the testimony of a number of former servicemen and women. This is another … 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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Collaboration, Vision, and Learning Process

I found a useful powerpoint presentation on school turnaround challenges by a Dave Weaver at a regional SIG conference that focused on cultural and systems blockages to fostering collaboration in schools trying to turn around.  It references a book that clearly … Continue reading

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