Author Archives: Yo Ann Martinez

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 »


Oakland Local: Startup Weekend Oakland/Black Male Achievement produces 14 apps, lots of inspiration

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Story by Barbara Grady “This is history y’all,” said software engineer Ayori Selassie from the platform at Startup Weekend/Black Male Achievement on Sunday night. “This is the first event that has happened like this in the entire world. So if … Continue reading »


Audio: Perspectives: Education Interrupted

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By Morgan Boeder I was sitting in my boyfriend’s room in my pajamas, picking out classes when I opened the email informing me that my school had lost its accreditation and might close its doors next year. It was definitely … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: Are We Taking Our Students' Work Seriously Enough?

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Story by Luba Vangelova In the course of studying different aspects of children’s environments, Dr. Roger Hart noticed that “a lot of supposedly participatory projects had a distinct air of tokenism. Children were being put on display, so to speak, … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

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Story by Katrina Schwartz On his first day teaching at Coronado Elementary School in Richmond, Calif., students threw rocks at Jean-Gabrielle Larochette, pretending he was a police officer. He spent fifteen minutes of every class calming down a handful of … Continue reading »


S.F. Gate: S.F. Schools Move away from suspensions

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Story by Jill Tucker Like a firm rap on the knuckles with a ruler or a backside paddling, suspending students for bad behavior is increasingly becoming passe in public schools across California and the nation. For starters, it doesn’t really work, … Continue reading »