Category Archives: Research

Mind Shift: Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

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Story: Katrina Schwartz Photo: DFAT Photo Library Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

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Story by Katrina Schwartz Photo by Erin Scott Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations … Continue reading »


NPR: What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7

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Story by Claudio Sanchez Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don’t start school until age 7. Despite the late start, the vast majority arrive with solid reading … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

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Story by Annie Murphy Paul Do you speak math with your kids? Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on … Continue reading »


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 »