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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2:19pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Education

Engaging students with digital media technology

Still image from Skyline High School "321 Project."
http://www.voxcommunications.com/sky/threetwoone.htm

In a high-tech computer lab and studio at Oakland’s Skyline High School, students create digital magic using the latest in audio/visual equipment. Here, high school students explore everything from computer hardware repair to documentary filmmaking.

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8:13pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

An artistic approach to education

The Oakland Museum of California was a recent destination of a field trip for students in Oakland High's Visual Arts & Academic Magnet Program.
Courtesy of museumca.org

On a recent Friday, a group of tenth graders from Oakland High School prepare to start their weekend with a field trip to the Oakland Museum of California. A mob of loud and animated students cram into a bus. When we reach our destination, the pupils rush off the bus and dash up the steps to the museum. 

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6:41pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Seeking the truth about charter schools

Oakland has become a sort of test kitchen for charter schools. One of the first in the state opened in Oakland in 1993 – and in the past decade or so, the district has gone from having three charters to 33 today. But there are challenges in welcoming charter schools to the city, and it has been a contentious issue in Oakland.

Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, director of the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships at Mills College, says the controversy is often fueled by misconceptions, like that charter schools are private. Seyer-Ochi spoke with KALW’s Holly Kernan.

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6:16pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Debate program gives voice to students

The Fremont High School debate team.

About a dozen teens at Fremont High School are standing in a circle in their classroom. They are rapidly firing questions at one another so fast they’re almost inaudible. This is Fremont High School’s debate team, in the middle of a cross-examination exercise. When the exercise is over, the team gets down to the real issues.

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5:35pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Getting schooled on innovative teaching

At the end of the school day at Franklin Elementary in East Oakland, second grade teacher Darissa Phipps is trying out new techniques with her class to keep them engaged. Ms. Phipps sits at the head of the class with some handouts, waiting to get the students’ attention.          

“I find the kids charming and entertaining most of the time – and it’s really exciting to see them learn and grow and how they change over the year from the beginning to the end,” says Phipps.

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