Author Archives: Yo Ann Martinez

Video: OMCA: We Dream in Art

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Mind Shift: Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

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Story by Shawn McCusker In the past 10 years, perhaps nothing has changed more than the relationship between teachers and the information being distributed in their classrooms. Historically, the role of teacher has always been that of gatekeeper and distributor … Continue reading »


NPR: Fed Up With Zero Tolerance In Schools, Advocates Push For Change

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Story by Laura Isensee Photo Credit: KUHF In 2010, De’angelo Rollins got into a fight with a bully at his new middle school in Bryan, Texas. His mother, Marjorie Rollins Holman, says her shy son reported the bullying, but the … Continue reading »


SF Gate: June Jordan School for Equity gets a break on testing

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Story by Jill Tucker Photos by Mike Kepka Normally at this time of year, teachers and administrators at San Francisco’s June Jordan School for Equity would be starting to gear up for the standardized tests given to students early in … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: Parents, students give their say in school budgeting

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Oakland Local Story by Barbara Grady March 2, 2014 The first test of Oakland Unified School District’s ability to include parents and students in making budget decisions — something now required by state law — happened Wednesday night when about … Continue reading »


Inside Bay Area: San Leandro woman headed to Ivy League school after overcoming challenges

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Story by Rebecca Parr SAN LEANDRO — SiLin Huang is headed to an Ivy League school in the fall after overcoming the challenges of speaking no English when she immigrated at age 8, growing up poor and missing two years … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: Oakland School District considering new parcel tax

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Story by Barbara Grady Oakland’s school board is considering putting a parcel tax on the November ballot to fund improvement in its high schools. Although it’s made progress lowering the high school drop out rate and adding more rigor to … Continue reading »


Audio: Perspectives: Jooksing

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Story by Larry Lee Since I was a child my elders would call me, an American- born Chinese, “jooksing,” meaning empty bamboo. All form, no substance. My father’s friends would ask me in Cantonese, “Hey Jooksing! Why don’t you learn … Continue reading »


SF Gate: SF seen as model in blinigual education over English only

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Story by Jill Tucker In the 15 years since voters essentially banned bilingual education in state schools, teaching English learners to read, write and do arithmetic first in their native language has nearly disappeared from California classrooms. Since Proposition 227 overwhelmingly … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward

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Transparency is not a word often associated with education. For many parents, the time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. can feel like a mysterious part of their child’s life. Questioning students about their school day often results in an … Continue reading »