Education

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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7:09pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Seeding skills in student gardeners

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At Castlemont High School in East Oakland, wedged between the parking lot and football field, live four chickens and two roosters.

There’s also a small but incredibly abundant garden, which under the supervision of garden coordinator Frankie Grace, is entirely run and maintained by students. On the day I visit, Graces is kneeling alongside them, chatting happily and pulling weeds. She lets three of the seasoned students direct what work needs to be done.

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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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6:33pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Urban Debate creates an alternative platform for students

Urban Debate has existed since 1985 and has continued to evolve – making it a national and local phenomenon. The Bay Area Urban Debate League sponsored a recent tournament at UC Berkeley, where 400 Bay Area high school students showed up ready to debate.

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5:59pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Closing the engineering gender gap at Oakland Tech

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These days, we often hear that the gender gap is closing. Girls in high school are  excelling in reading and writing, and they’re making gains in math and science. Moreover, women are applying to colleges in greater numbers than men – and earning more degrees.

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