Author Archives: Yo Ann Martinez

Video: Oakland North: Oakland nonprofit combines music, life learning

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Story by Jason Paladino and Jennifer Chaussee Music producers, DJs and vocalists make up the Oakland-based nonprofit Today’s Future Sound, which teaches music production to students in K-12 schools around the bay and beyond. In its infancy, TFS was a … Continue reading »

Oakland Local: Ground-breaking consumer-owned higher education institute to launch in Oakland

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Story by Liza Veale Rani Coager and Seyed Amiry believe the current model of financing institutions of higher learning is unsustainable. It has created a population paralyzed by debt and a skills gap that leaves too many un(der)employed despite the … Continue reading »

Oakland Local: Library Tour Highlights Inequity in OUSD

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Story by Karl Hatch In November, a Community Study Group was organized in Oakland to examine the role of the school library in today’s technological world. The culminating event of this effort was the January “Imagining A New Future for … Continue reading »

Audio: Youth Radio Perspectives: Superpower

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By Femi Ajala His autism diagnosis devastated Youth Radio’s Femi Ajala. Then, he discovered his superpower. Listen to his story here. Listen to Perspectives on air at KQED Public Radio every weekday morning at 6:06am, 7:35am and 11:30pm and weekends … Continue reading »

Even Odds: Fighting the odds for Oakland's young black males

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Story by Jill Tucker It was the first Monday in May, and Thomas Logwood was heading to class. There were just six weeks until the end of the school year at Castlemont High inOakland, and every week seemed to bring another … Continue reading »

KQED American Graduate Education Town Hall

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) Oakland,CA Get Tickets     KQED, 100 Black Men of the BayAreaCommunitySchool, OaklandUnifiedSchool Districtand OUSD Office of African American Male Achievement invite you to join us on Thursday, September … Continue reading »

Oakland Local: Education Voices: Safe routes to schools are elusive in Oakland

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June 27, 2013 By Barbara Grady, Irene and Jon Leckie Kahmaria Adams, 15, listens to gospel music on her commute to school through the harrowing streets of East Oakland. She takes two city buses to get from home to Piedmont … Continue reading »

100 Black Men Community School of the Bay Area

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KQED will be working with the 100 Black Men Community of the Bay Area on an upcoming Teacher Town Hall on September 12, 2013. The videos were created by Joshua Alexander to showcase the continued impact that the 100 Black … Continue reading »

New Initiative Aims to Double Percentage of Oakland Youth Reading on Grade Level by the End of Third Grade by 2020

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PRESS CONFERENCE: MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013 AT 10:30 AM; Oakland Marriott City Center (1001 Broadway Oakland, CA 94607) New Initiative Aims to Double Percentage of Oakland Youth Reading on Grade Level by the End of Third Grade by 2020 City … Continue reading »

Oakland Local: OUSD names new school board member

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June 13, 2013 The OUSD school board just voted to appoint Anne Campbell-Washington to represent District 4, given former board member Gary Yee’s appointment as Acting Superintendent. Anne Campbell-Washington is the mother of two OUSD kids and a longtime Oakland … Continue reading »