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Teacher Retention Grants: Lazear Charter Academy

At Lazear Charter Academy — like so many Oakland public schools — students face a high level of stress outside the classroom that was negatively impacting both their learning at school and the school’s teacher retention rate. With the aid of a Teacher Retention Grant, Lazear teachers invested in a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum to better meet students’ needs and limit teacher burnout.

Teacher Retention Grants: Life Academy

Life Academy teachers are inquiring into their own practice and identifying successful approaches to improve outcomes for their students.

With the help of Mills Teacher Scholars, Life Academy teachers in the science and humanities departments are investing in their own professional development to improve outcomes for students. They’re using data to talk about student learning, and to get a student-focused look at what’s happening in their classrooms.

Guest Post: Want to design a school? Go to jail!

Recently, Dr. César A. Cruz, an Educate78 School Design Lab fellow, visited San Bruno jail and listened as inmates spoke through tears about their schooling experiences. In a powerful guest post on our blog, Dr. Cruz shares a poem that came out of this experience, and 10 pieces of advice the men shared.

Growth superstars – schools on the move!

In this CRUNCHED blog, Carrie Chan sifts through SBAC scores to find some “hidden gems”: schools who might not have super-high absolute proficiency rates (yet) but are doing a great job particularly for the most vulnerable students.

Teacher Retention Grants: Greenleaf Elementary

Over the past few years, Greenleaf Elementary School’s average teacher retention rate has been 66 percent. To address this issue and keep more teachers at the school, leaders have looked for systemic ways to retain talent and build an environment that supports growth and allows for work and relationships to develop over a number of years, rather than restart each August. Through a partnership with The Teaching Well and with the support of an Educate78 Teacher Retention grant, the school has developed a support structure focused on professional development and feedback from teachers to ensure their voices are heard. And the retention rate is on the rise.

Teacher Retention Grants: Madison Park Academy

Madison Park Academy received funding to provide teachers with materials and supply budgets to cover “the little things” – markers, paper, binder clips, as well as books, equipment for science experiments, and journals – in order to design quality daily lessons for students, while valuing teachers as professionals by providing needed classroom supplies and materials. The result so far? “Teachers feel respected as professionals and empowered to spend this money in a way that makes the most sense for them and their students.”

Real (forget alternative) facts about OUSD

In an era where people use phrases like “alternative facts,” it’s more important than ever we ground ourselves in honest-to-goodness facts. That’s why I want to start 2018 with some real basic facts – the Fast Facts (basic info and numbers) from OUSD.