alternative education

5:30pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Education

Stanford researchers find teaching technique that closes achievement gap in schools

Diane Friedlander is the lead researcher on a recent Stanford study about student-centered learning.

Researchers from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education spent the last year and a half studying four Bay Area high schools that are using student-centered learning. Their report was released last month, and found the schools outperforming their district counterparts in test scores and graduation rates.

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3:06pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Education

Project-based learning gets kids back on track

Students from Downtown High School

Nearly a dozen teenagers are scattered in small groups across a large classroom at Downtown High School in San Francisco. Some strum on guitars. Others hold hand-written lyric sheets.

This isn’t just a music class. The students are all writing songs inspired by the novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go by Chester Himes, which deals with class, race and politics in the 1940s.

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8:11pm

Tue May 27, 2014

5:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014

6:19pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Education

Serving up fewer suspensions and more interaction

Leila Day

Not long ago there was a food fight at Ralph Bunche High School. And Angel Hernandez is in trouble. He’s 18, a senior, and he’s not admitting anything happened. He’s slouched in his chair in a circle in a room whose walls are covered with positive messages: ‘Respect,’ ‘Listen,’ ‘Trust.’ His mom, Maria Ramirez, sits at his side. Also in the circle is the cafeteria worker Miss Mina, and she looks pretty ticked off. “Everybody starts throwing stuff,” she says. “I said excuse me, how old are you guys? You guys want to clean up my kitchen?”

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