The “Good”, Bad and Really Bad News on the OUSD Budget

The good news is OUSD might have enough money to make it through next year.  The Bad news is that it might not, given how unreliable its numbers are, and has huge issues a year or two out.   OUSD had a deficit last year, will have one this year and runs deficits of $20 million … Continue reading The “Good”, Bad and Really Bad News on the OUSD Budget


Fight unconscious bias with teachers who reflect culture of their students

(A guest post from Randal Seriguchi Jr. is the executive director of Urban Ed Academy in San Francisco, which helps third through fifth grade students succeed academically and become productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities.  This originally ran in the SF Examiner.) In the past 60 days, police arrested two … Continue reading Fight unconscious bias with teachers who reflect culture of their students


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


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