All the Oakland education news and beyond from the last week that is fit to link–Roosevelt’s principal is honored for community building, and a look back on a visit there, an important conversation coming up with the NAACP on education in Oakland, thunderhail in Oakland?, a look back at the enrollment season what went well and the big challenge, West Oakland’s new community market, one of our OUSD students is appointed to the State Board, more looks at the NAEP data, how to do discipline better, looking at mental health in schools, and also abusers, plus how you can help a family struck by tragedy, all that and much more, please read, share, and get involved.
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Oakland Middle School Principal Honored by National Group – Principal Cliff Hong at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland is receiving an educator leadership award from the Coalition for Community Schools.
The Past, Present, and Future of Activism for Black Families in Oakland; A Conversation with the NAACP – FEATURED PARTNER: The Oakland NAACP has been a critical ally for Black families. We are hosting an intergenerational conversation focused on setting a historical frame for Educational Activism in Oakland.
Roosevelt’s Well Deserved Recognition and a Look at my Last Visit Where Adults Dreamed Big and Kids Were Learning to Dream Bigger – Great School Voices – Cliff Hong, and the entire Roosevelt community received their due recognition last week when Principal Hong received a prestigious leadership award for his work building community and Roosevelt and improving outcomes.
‘Hail day’ at Oakland high school prevents students, teachers from attending – Skyline High School students reveled in the closest thing to a snow day they’re likely to experience.
A Better Enrollment Process, a Frustrating Enrollment Season, and the Deeper Problem it Signifies – Great School Voices – This was a historic year for public school enrollment in Oakland, but not everyone is happy. Parents in Oakland had better access and information about the public schools than ever. Families also participated in the district and charter open enrollment at historic levels.
Oakland’s Gema Quetzal Cardenas,16, Appointed to State Board of Ed – Gema Quetzal Cardenas, 16, of Oakland, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education and is also serving as a student director on the Oakland Board.
Ground Breaking Celebration, Saturday April 21 | Community Foods Market – California residents can buy shares in our enterprise and become Founding Shareholders in the entrepreneurial solution we’re creating for the nutritional.
Towards A Better Abuser List; And ending a “Pass the Trash” Mentality at Schools – Great School Voices – I know and have worked with child abusers, and I also know the wrongly accused.
More kids are getting access to pre-K in California, but it’s largely quantity over quality – More state leaders are putting funding into preschool programs, but the quality of those programs isn’t keeping pace with the quantity, according to a new report.
African-American students would get extra aid under California’s K-12 funding formula in proposal before Legislature – A bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber would modify the Local Control Funding Formula to add money for the lowest-performing student group; it also could violate the law barring preferential treatment based on race or ethnicity.
California Federation of Teachers wants changes in the pension system | LA School Report – Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Federation of Teachers held its convention in Costa Mesa March 23-25.
Focusing on the language skills of English Learners key to boosting math scores – An Education Trust–West report highlights successful strategies some California districts implemented to improve English learners’ performance in math.
Should California force schools to reveal when teachers are accused of sexual misconduct? – Critics said bill did not protect rights of accused teachers.
Two-thirds of California voters say education is a ‘very important’ issue in governor’s race, survey finds | LA School Report – How important is K-12 public education to California voters as they choose a new governor this year? Very. And that sentiment is growing. Nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of likely voters in a new survey called education “very important,” an increase from 58 percent four years ago.
The Nation’s Report Card is in; We Failed Black Students, Especially in California – Great School Voices – Nationally the average Black student scores “below basic” in reading same with Hispanics. The worse news is that in California the achievement gap between Whites and Hispanics is shrinking, while it’s actually growing for Black students. We are going backwards.
Senator seeks to expand transitional kindergarten in California – A proposal to expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-old children in California cleared its first hurdle, but opposition and a major funding problem could doom.
71 Years Ago This Case Ended Segregation in California and Made Brown v. Board of Education Possible – In September 1943, Gonzalo Jr., Sylvia and Jerome Mendez went with their aunt, Soledad Vidaurri, and three cousins to enroll at the local elementary school.
California’s poor students rank next to last on national test | CALmatters – California’s poor students performed worse on a national exam than needy kids from all but one other state, according to results released this week by the National Center for Education Statistics.
California lawmakers say action is needed to reduce school bullying – Some lawmakers want the California Department of Education to establish programs that prevent and identify bullying.
California education officials finally agree on a plan to meet key federal requirements – After two years of discussion and debate, the California State Board of Education has finalized a plan for satisfying the federal requirements in the Every Student.
California schools report reading gains — but gap remains – There was a bit of good news for California in the federal government’s latest round of academic test results: It’s one of seven states that registered four-point gains in gains in reading comprehension among eighth-graders.
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Boasberg explains his decision to bring back Antwan Wilson: ‘He has so much to contribute’ – Denverite – Wilson was forced to resign as chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools after admitting he had evaded school-enrollment policies.
New Research Suggests Practical Ways to Make School Discipline, Access Equitable – Researchers discuss how data can help schools break the school-to-prison pipeline and boost access to advanced courses at the American Educational Research Association conference.
A Bold Proposal for Taking Mental Health Seriously in Schools – Many schools treat students with mental-health issues reactively, rather than proactively, write Catherine A. Hogan & Laura F. Main.
Pockets of Innovation – The Quest for Inspired Learning – Though most examples of innovation highlight big projects or new courses, inspired learning may occur in more subtle, nuanced ways.
Low-achieving students less likely to apply to charter schools – Low-achieving, nonwhite and low-income students are less likely to apply to charter schools yet stand to benefit the most from them.
Lavelle Prep Students Create Song In Honor Of Walk Out – Integration Charter Schools – Lavelle Prep High School students in Mr. Fackrell’s music class wrote and performed this song entitled “The Truth: We Need Change Now,” in honor of today’s National Walk Out.
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Click here to support Justice for Zayda Monge organized by Yesenia/ Stephanie – Please help out Our family in this time of need ! This morning we woke up to the news that Zayda had been involved in an Accident involving a Drunk driver.