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Posted Dec. 23, 2020

Three Lessons We Learned Through This Pandemic in 2020

It’s easy to view remote learning through the lens of its deficits. After all, there’s really no substitute for the face-to-face rapport with an excellent…

By Freddy Gonzalez

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Posted Dec. 14, 2020

Better Late Than Never, OUSD Commits to Housing on Unused Properties

In California, growing numbers of school districts are putting their vacant land and buildings to work to house vulnerable students and families. In November, Oakland…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 14, 2020

Here’s Why ‘No Politics in the Classroom’ Isn’t Working for Marginalized Students

Which of the following is too political to be displayed in a public school teacher’s classroom? We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all…

By Colin Seale

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Posted Dec. 4, 2020

How Low Will Standards Go for Underserved Parents? Oakland Families Are About to Find Out.

“My baby wants to go to Stanford,” an irate grandmother told me, “and this is what they give me.” She sent me a series of texts…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Civil Rights Groups Insist on Testing: ‘You Cannot Improve What You Do Not Measure.’

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. In this case, the clock is soon-to-be-Ex-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has told states that…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 8, 2020

An Election Alone Fixes Nothing. So, What’s Next?

The people of the United States have voted to replace Donald Trump with Joe Biden. It is the first step in repairing the massive rifts…

By Michael Soskil

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Posted Oct. 7, 2020

Everyone Is Talking About ‘Reinventing Education.’ Here Are 10 Schools Actually Doing It.

Today, all over the world, we see the power, commitment and wisdom of young people in action. For inspiration, just look at Chris Suggs, Malala…

By Kelly Young

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Posted Sep. 30, 2020

If We Don’t Do Something Radical Now We Will Fail Our Kids

This has not been the “back to school” we look forward to each year. In these early days of the new school year, it has…

By Elisa Villanueva Beard

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Posted Sep. 29, 2020

Kids Need Remote Learning to Be Culturally Relevant, Too

Last spring, amidst the uprisings following the immediate failure to bring any sort of justice for George Floyd’s murder, I received a Google Hangout video…

By Vanessa Medor

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Posted Sep. 14, 2020

Schools Need Resources to Help Us Get Through This Tough Time

In 1967, Elvis Presley released “Run On,” his version of the old folk song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” Recorded years earlier by Civil Rights…

By April Callen, Lauren Jacobs

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

Amanda Gorman Is Climbing That Hill. Now if Only The Rest of Us Would Join Her.

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

I Don’t Know if Biden Can Heal This Nation, But a House Divided Cannot Stand

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Jan. 13, 2021

As Grown-Ups Argue Over Reopening Schools, Chicago’s Kids Lose

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

By Rob Samuelson

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