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Audio: Perspectives:

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Story: Sarah Baker A couple of months ago, a tearful social worker showed me a letter that her eight-year-old client had written. She had helped him to write it as a way for him to talk about his recent loss. … 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: 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 »


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 »


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 »


KQED Forum: David Kirp's Strategy for Public Schools

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In rebuilding our public schools, education policy expert David Kirp says we should stick to what works, like quality early-childhood education and creating word-rich curriculums. In other words, avoid getting carried away by quick fixes and the latest trends. His … Continue reading »


Frontline & KQED: Media Enterprise Alliance

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KQED: Oakland Teen Survives a Shooting and Now Works to Prevent Youth Violence

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January 14, 2013 By Shuka Kalantari Today, as part of our occasional first-person series, “What’s Your Story,” we’ll hear from Caheri Gutierrez, a violence prevention educator for Youth Alive. She began working with at-risk youth after she was shot in … Continue reading »


OUSD's College and Career Readiness Office

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  January 14, 2013 By Lisa Hewitt “What kids need in college, to get into college, and to get through college without remediation is pretty much all the same skills that you need in a career. You need to be … Continue reading »


Josue Diaz Jr.: Director and Teacher of The Green Academy at Oakland Technical High School

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December, 28 2012 By Lisa Hewitt Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Josue Diaz Jr. never thought he’d be teacher. It wasn’t until his mother helped get him a TA position in a local kindergarten class that he began … Continue reading »