Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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5:29pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 5, 2013

A Crosscurrents special on Oakland schools, plus  memories form within the newsroom of our favorite teachers! Engaging students at Franklin Elementary in East Oakland, music class in public schools, transitioning from public to charter school, charter schools explained with Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, teaching with students in mind at American Indian public schools, Skyline Public High School's high tech classroom,  debating at Fremont high, ReVAAMP and bringing art back into Oakland schools, and Baltimore musicians Future Islands.

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5:21pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

An Oakland charter school tries to avoid teacher burnout

Under CC license from Flickr user Marlith

Samara Shever is a second and third grade “looping" teacher at Learning Without Limits Elementary School. Looping means Shever stays with the same class through their second and third grade years. She's been teaching this way for six years.

“When I started, we had just founded our school as a small public school," says Shever.  "The reason we need a small school is because it allows us to have relationships with our students, and with our families in a way that if there are hundreds and hundreds of kids, you just can’t maintain.”  

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3:10pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Future Islands

Today's local music comes from thousands of miles away.

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7:27pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

A modern approach to an old-school problem, teaching kids math

Screenshot of a Khan Academy lesson on addition. An Oakland charter school is relying on the YouTube lecture series to teach its students math.

California has nearly a 1,000 charter schools, making it the most in the nation. Thirty-five of those are in the Oakland Unified School District. Charter school popularity has spurred education pedagogy research, the documentary Waiting for Superman, and has left lots of people wondering what these independent schools have to offer.

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6:47pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

All-male PTA "Knights" seek to improve Oakland school

A group of enthusiastic men just finished discussing typical PTA issues at the Claremont Middle school in Oakland: issues like what their next fundraising event will be and where to hold their next meeting. What sets this group apart is the fact that it's composed of men. They call themselves ‘The Knights of the Roundtable."

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