When Students Get it Right: How Listening to the End Users in Education is the Right Move

(A Guest post from Charles Cole III, the founder and executive director of one of Energy Convertors) New York just became the first state in the United States to make mental health education mandatory for public school students starting at age 3. The policy aims to help destigmatize mental health to ensure a healthier population … Continue reading When Students Get it Right: How Listening to the End Users in Education is the Right Move


Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor

There is some powerful data coming out on school performance and operations in Oakland, often comparing charter public schools and the district schools.  The challenge comes in interpreting it.  Charter school overall outcomes are stronger than the district’s, particularly at the middle and high schools, but is that because charters are actually doing a better job, or is it … Continue reading Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor


Growing Up Kareem; Wanting People to See Me

(Guest Post form Karim Garcia, an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertors) Growing up was hard, tough. I was born at Kaiser in downtown Oakland. I lived in a duplex with my parents and my brothers. My extended family lived in the same duplex. Well, that didn’t last long. We eventually left that place … Continue reading Growing Up Kareem; Wanting People to See Me


The Statistic Every Educator Needs to Know Before School Starts

14% of your students have a suicide plan.  31% report suicidal thoughts, but 14% of them actually have a plan.  1 in 10 females reports being forced to have sex, 1 in 28 males.  These numbers are all trending in the wrong direction.  And they are bleak.  They make your heart hurt and your chest … Continue reading The Statistic Every Educator Needs to Know Before School Starts


Good News on “Willful Defiance” Suspensions in Oakland and What We Need Next

Usually a letter signed by the ACLU to your school or district is not a good thing. This one was a pleasant surprise sent to our principal, Leo Fuchs, at Learning Without Limits, recognizing the success in eliminating “willful defiance” suspensions. This mirrors some broader statewide efforts, that are starting to gain traction and that we should … Continue reading Good News on “Willful Defiance” Suspensions in Oakland and What We Need Next