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Oakland North: Today’s Future Sound teaches kids coping skills … with a beat

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By Justin Richmond January 16, 2013 Dr. Elliot Gann is standing in front of his beat-up and stickered black Mazda Protégé in the parking lot of West Oakland Middle School. In his left ear is a Bluetooth earpiece, which, as … Continue reading »

American Graduate Student Film Festival

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Deadline for Entries: March 1st, 2013 What is the American Graduate Student Film Festival? The American Graduate Student Film Festival (AGFF) is an online video competition for students ages 10 to 19 to engage youth about the high student dropout … Continue reading »

KQED Forum: Teaching Social and Emotional Learning

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January 18, 2013 Oakland schools have launched programs to help students manage their emotions, establish positive relationships and resolve conflicts. One of the programs, Roots of Empathy, brings infants and their mothers into school to help students recognize emotions and … Continue reading »

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 »

KQED: Oakland Unified Changes Attendance Boundaries of Some Grade Schools

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January 10, 2013 By Barbara Grady A year after expanding the attendance boundaries of several schools to accommodate kids from four schools it closed, the Oakland school board on Wednesday voted to shrink the boundaries of Crocker Highland Elementary School … Continue reading »

PBS Newhour:Can STEM Education Close the Achievement Gap?

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Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)

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January 7, 2013 By Lisa Hewitt The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) has a long history in Oakland, San Francisco and surrounding areas, beginning 36 years ago as a small media arts nonprofit, the organization was founded by community organizers … Continue reading »

The California Report: In Oakland, School Officials Tackle Rising Suspensions

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A number of new education laws in California tackle a particularly alarming issue: the state’s schools now issue more suspensions to students than diplomas, especially to African-American students. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Oakland Unified School District. … Continue reading »

KQED: Education Nonprofit to Help Expand Math, Science Program in Oakland Middle Schools

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December 21, 2012 By Barbara Grady Oakland Unified School District this week became a beneficiary of a major federal grant that will bring science, technology, engineering and math – STEM – educational experiences to as many as two thousand OUSD students. It … Continue reading »