Sharif El-Mekki has $3 Million to Bring 21,000 Black Students into the Teaching Pipeline, And He’s Looking for Partners

It’s great to see the investment in Black teachers finally following the results.  We know the huge statistical impact that Black teachers have on outcomes. It’s even better to see the money going to the folks living the work like Sharif.  If you want to learn more about his program and the Black Male Teacher…


Black Teachers Matter, Check the Data, and Learn How to Make a Difference

I have one relatively simple and costless reform that could decrease Black dropout rates by roughly a third, 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.  I look at the research below…


The “Double Edged Sword” in OUSD and It’s Racialized Impact on Reading; What’s in the NAACP’s Complaint Against the District

Oakland is full of performance politics, that go nowhere except to the egos of the speechmakers. Meanwhile, the Oakland NAACP has been a steadfast ally for Black children and the issues that actually matter to Black families, like literacy.  In K-8, 18.6% of Black kids can read on grade level in OUSD, compare that to…