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


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


When Your Transfer School Is Seen as Model by the Authorizer

This week I was thrilled to see the NYC DoE recognize one of my schools that caters to “transfer” students (never understood that term), with a 30% target for special education enrollment.  We have had great results with great young people.  Unfortunately California’s funding system would make it very difficult to do a similar school … Continue reading When Your Transfer School Is Seen as Model by the Authorizer


Takeaways from Talking Segregation in West Oakland and the Questions We Left with

“Make it big, small changes are not what the next generation needs.”  Those were the words of Regina Davis, West Oakland resident, parent and affordable housing developer, when addressing a packed room discussing the history of segregation in Oakland and solutions.  Another prominent theme was the need for us to get beyond “stinkin thinking” and … Continue reading Takeaways from Talking Segregation in West Oakland and the Questions We Left with