Category Archives: student engagement

The Common Core, Pre-Reading, and Equity

Our Curriculum Developer Zaretta Hammond co-authored an article for the new issue of Phi Delta Kappan titled “Text and Truth: Reading, student experience, and the Common Core” (requires subscription). Zaretta and her co-author Susan Sandler write that the Common Core … Continue reading

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Teacher of the Year testimony

I’Asha Warfield was named one of two Teachers of the Year for Alameda County California, encompassing 23 districts serving over 200,000 students, 40% of them low-income. She is an English teacher at Frick Middle School in Oakland Unified. She worked … Continue reading

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A School Turnaround in one Democratic Convention Speech

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts spoke at the Democratic National Convention on the first night and referenced a school in Boston that has turned around.  We were encouraged especially by the support services that help students deal with the effects … Continue reading

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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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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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