Student Voices: A Step Closer to Achieving My Goal and Finding My Motivation

By Mario Castellanos My name is Mario Castellanos and I am an 11th grader at Lighthouse Community Charter. I like to write down whatever pops into my head. In my free time I like to sit down and watch Netflix, and I am curious about many things like archeology and historical events. I’m interested in … Continue reading Student Voices: A Step Closer to Achieving My Goal and Finding My Motivation


2 Big Takeaways in the Latest Charter and District Comparisons in Oakland

If you haven’t seen Informing Equity: Student Need, Spending and Resource Use in Oakland’s Public Schools, you should. It is a critical first step in understanding what is happening in the difference public education sectors in Oakland and across the range of schools. I will excerpt the reports own big takeaways, but there are two critical … Continue reading 2 Big Takeaways in the Latest Charter and District Comparisons in Oakland


Student Voices: My Evolution. Innocence, Confusion, Revelation.

By Michael Diaz I am a student at Lighthouse Charter on the east side of Oakland, where I have lived my whole life so far. Working toward my future I have taken class as Youth Radio in downtown Oakland and have a job at Safeway to make some money to pay for my own equipment. … Continue reading Student Voices: My Evolution. Innocence, Confusion, Revelation.


Celebrating Beginnings and Endings: SEEDS of Literacy Success at Urban Montessori Charter School!

By Kristin Burke Kristin Burke is a TK/K Lead Montessori Teacher at Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland, California. I look up at the clock. It is Friday afternoon at 2:40 pm at  Urban Montessori Charter School. As I stand and observe small bodies moving with voices exploding in chatter, the tiredness in my body reminds me … Continue reading Celebrating Beginnings and Endings: SEEDS of Literacy Success at Urban Montessori Charter School!