Her School Cut the Mic on this Courageous Valedictorian when She Talked About Sexual Assault, Please Read and Share the Full Story, and Help End a Culture of Silence

Lulabel Seitz is a model student to most, an example of hard work paying off, and rising from humble beginnings to a valedictorian.  Her commencement speech at Petaluma High School touched on the challenges students faced in the North Bay; fires and displacement, a teacher strike, and her own personal struggles to climb the educational … Continue reading Her School Cut the Mic on this Courageous Valedictorian when She Talked About Sexual Assault, Please Read and Share the Full Story, and Help End a Culture of Silence


How the System and Its Tolerance for Institutional Racism Squelches Black Genius- A Sad Day for Mr Bey

One of Oakland’s brightest young teachers got their pink slip today.  He shared the video here.  Another Black teacher dismissed from a system that says it values them, but doesn’t.  And the reason given was that the “Vice principal has a problem with teachers of color.” This one hurt, I had been to his class … Continue reading How the System and Its Tolerance for Institutional Racism Squelches Black Genius- A Sad Day for Mr Bey


The Research on the Importance of Black Teachers and the Troubling Numbers in CA

One relatively simple and costless reform could decrease Black dropout rates by roughly a third, increase all Black students’ expectations around going to college, increase significantly the percentage of Black students in gifted classes and also increase student engagement for youth of all races. We just need to hire, retain and develop more Black teachers.  … Continue reading The Research on the Importance of Black Teachers and the Troubling Numbers in CA


Why You Should Attend Black Grad Nights: A Graduate’s Reflection From Oakland Tech’s First

(A guest post from Edrees Saied, a graduating senior from Oakland Tech, headed to San Jose State in the Fall, who walked this week at Tech’s first Black graduation, he has some other powerful work here) Limitations only exist in the mind, so don’t get it confused. That’s what I said as I walked the … Continue reading Why You Should Attend Black Grad Nights: A Graduate’s Reflection From Oakland Tech’s First


Solving the Shortage of Flatlands Teachers One School at a Time; Mills, CSCE and a New Waldorf Teaching Credential Program

My first visit to a Waldorf school was the Community School for Creative Education.  It looked and felt different, weird, good weird, but weird.  Families were integrated in classrooms and the halls, young children were preparing communal meals and there was art and movement at all grade levels, with a real focus on adolescent development.  … Continue reading Solving the Shortage of Flatlands Teachers One School at a Time; Mills, CSCE and a New Waldorf Teaching Credential Program