UPA Celebrates One Decade of “Morning Boost”- Making a Difference with Long-Term ELLs in Oakland

(A repost from the great folks at OUSD’s ELLMA office by – Kristi Leunig, Instructional Facilitator, Urban Promise Academy) Founded in 2008, the Morning Boost program (which now also has afternoon sessions) has contributed to Urban Promise Academy’s exceptionally high reclassification rate each year. In 2017-18, 35.7% of LTELS reclassified, compared to district average of 14.4%. Below, two founders share insights … Continue reading UPA Celebrates One Decade of “Morning Boost”- Making a Difference with Long-Term ELLs in Oakland


Four Answers to the Crisis Facing the Bay Area’s Black Community

The Bay Area’s Black community is in crisis.  And the community came up with answers during our year of convening, and they are game changers. Segregated housing and discrimination have created unequal paths that are so well worn they are invisible to most. Housing, health, education and access to opportunity in general all conspire against … Continue reading Four Answers to the Crisis Facing the Bay Area’s Black Community


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