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 10/21-10/28

All the Oakland education news that is fit to link, this week–Black parents take the lead on policy changes and propose answers to the challenges they are facing, more on the OUSD budget, a look at Measure AA, school tours are starting, how Prop 13 distorts property taxes, a look at some local races and … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 10/21-10/28


Racism in Class; Learning a Damaging Behavior–A Young Teacher’s Story

(A guest post from F’tahn Bey a young Black public school educator in Oakland, you can hear from him at our SoBEO event on 10/20 at Geoffrey’s) In education, we imagine school to be a safe and equitable place, but  as a young Black male educator my experience has been very different. I taught Ethnic … Continue reading Racism in Class; Learning a Damaging Behavior–A Young Teacher’s Story