See How a Waldorf School in Oakland Is Embracing the Head, the Heart and the Hands to Help All Kinds of Students

“Johnny” (not his real name) was a newcomer from halfway around the world. For the better part of the first year, he wouldn’t take his jacket or backpack off and hovered near the front door of the school. Silent, he honestly preferred the front office staff to his class, so he waited for the next … Continue reading See How a Waldorf School in Oakland Is Embracing the Head, the Heart and the Hands to Help All Kinds of Students


Oakland, We Are Failing Our Foster Youth. These Kids Deserve Better.

The system lies.  Rosy language disguises the routine inequities.  Promises made are seldom kept to some.  You can see this in black and white in OUSD’s recent report from the Foster Youth Advisory Commission, which shows how these youth are shortchanged.  These are some of our highest need and lowest performing students, and while they … Continue reading Oakland, We Are Failing Our Foster Youth. These Kids Deserve Better.


A Different Kind of Integration: Bringing Students With Mental Health Challenges Into Our School and Watching Them Thrive

I have written about John W. Lavelle Prep Charter School before. I helped start it as a middle school, built on the crazy idea that you must integrate students with mental health challenges with the general population for them to be successful. Mind you, these students tend to have the highest dropout rate of any … Continue reading A Different Kind of Integration: Bringing Students With Mental Health Challenges Into Our School and Watching Them Thrive


Here’s the Test for Charter Schools Under DeVos and Trump

As school choice advocate Betsy Devos assumes the role of secretary of education, charter school camps have formed for and against her. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools supported her, while the coalition of independent charter schools in New York City (representing over 100 schools) opposed her. And in California, while school leaders have almost … Continue reading Here’s the Test for Charter Schools Under DeVos and Trump


If Our Protests Keep Looking Like This Then Can We Really Say the ‘Left’ Is Right?

The alleged assault on secretary of education Betsy Devos by a protester blocking her entrance to a DC public school, was just one in a series of recent incidents where the Left’s protests have crossed the line.  “Black bloc” anarchists used violence to shut down a troll at Berkeley, you can also see one of … Continue reading If Our Protests Keep Looking Like This Then Can We Really Say the ‘Left’ Is Right?