What the Hell Is Happening to Girls in Middle School? Just Look at the Latest Social-Emotional Data

There are certain graphs that hurt my head and my heart.  That tell us something is dreadfully wrong, and that we should do something.  The latest soul hurting statistic came from the state’s most robust data set—the CORE data, which looks not only at academics but also students self-reported well being and sense of competency. And … Continue reading What the Hell Is Happening to Girls in Middle School? Just Look at the Latest Social-Emotional Data


California Schools Have More Money than Ever, So Why Is OUSD Broke

California’s economic growth and investment in education are at an all time high and the latest budget promises even more money.  The Mercury News covered this Gov. Gavin Newsom will have an advantage that Jerry Brown didn’t have in his first year in office nearly eight years ago: more, not less, money for K-12 schools … Continue reading California Schools Have More Money than Ever, So Why Is OUSD Broke


The Way We Grade Students is Biased and Unsound: A Conversation on “Grading For Equity”

Joe Feldman‘s new book, Grading for Equity disembowels the way we grade students, hanging the entrails to show how inequitable and really illogical our present grading practices are, and how we can improve them– which he has been doing in real life for years with schools, it’s a must read for educators and those who … Continue reading The Way We Grade Students is Biased and Unsound: A Conversation on “Grading For Equity”


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/5-11/11

All the Oakland news fit to link– this week- lots of election coverage, open enrollment for Oakland families has started and we have resources for parents, parents are making their voices heard and demanding change, multi-generational work in Oakland schools, and its working, the school board is not working, lots of wasted money in the … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/5-11/11


The Most Important Thing You Can Do as an Oakland Parent-The Dates You Need to Know

In Oakland’s brave new world of open enrollment the most important thing you can do for your child is not joining the PTA and helping on the playground; it’s making sure you find the best school for them. Every family has a right to apply to basically any school in Oakland, charter or district, and … Continue reading The Most Important Thing You Can Do as an Oakland Parent-The Dates You Need to Know