A New Model of School Reform

New Model of School Reform

Vicki Zakrzewski: Organizational psychology research has for many years shown that lasting change happens only if the individuals within the system are willing to transform their own beliefs and practices, from the ground up.

The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

Obama Administration Education Policies

Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.

Who Can Fill Henry Waxman’s Shoes?

Replacing Henry Waxman

Karen Wolfe: The biggest lesson of the day was that education advocates should make sure their questions get asked and answered. In an election with plenty of issues, we need to make sure education doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Campus Rape Reports Up, And That’s Not Entirely Bad

Campus Rape Reports

Tara Culp-Ressler: College administrators, who want to avoid cultivating a bad reputation as an unsafe school, are typically squeamish about the fact reforming their sexual assault policies can actually result in an initial uptick in rape reports. But it’s important to realize that this data can signal that students have the support systems they need.

Kids Under Pressure

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Mark Naison: All over the nation, stories abound of classrooms becoming zones of extreme stress, with teachers and students displaying symptoms of anxiety, rage ,and depression in response to the new demands.

Resist Teach for America

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Robert Skeels: I’ve been tasked with establishing the UCLA chapter of SUPE. I need help. We’re looking for students who care deeply about public education and want to change the discourse about our schools.

What’s Wrong with Grit?

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Vicki Zakrzewski: Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit—particularly when pressured by parents and teachers–dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?

Segregation in Education: Reading Between the Lines

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Scot Nakagawa: The composition of our American citizenry will soon be mostly non-white, but white students aren’t, for the most part, being prepared for that future, making what’s happening on the whiter side of the color line in our schools something racial justice advocates should be concerned about.

Fixing Our Schools

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Mark Naison: I thought it might be appropriate to momentarily drop my Junkyard Dog/Badass Teacher persona and offer some positive ideas about how to improve our educational system.

My Brothers Keeper Initiative

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Unless the District makes a concerted effort to train and staff highly qualified teachers at high-need schools and promote a culture of high expectations for African American and Latino students, the roll-out will only deepen the race/class disparities in Los Angeles.