Caring School Community Posts

1 year 46 weeks ago
Transitional kindergarten continues to be a hot topic among educators, legislators, and parents alike. We're reposting this blog to support discussion on this important consideration. For more recent information on California's policies, please read this article on prekindergarten from The Washington Post. For a different perspective... (19)
14 weeks 4 days ago
We are partners in the newly created Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a coalition of educators that brings together teachers, administrators, professors, and organizations around the common vision of nurturing the whole needs of our students. We believe that schools need to explicitly support both the child’s head and heart. When they...
16 weeks 5 days ago
Learning is a social task. Lev Vygotsky argued that "Language is the main tool that promotes thinking, develops reasoning, and supports cultural activities like reading and writing." As a result, instructional strategies that promote literacy across the curriculum play a significant role in knowledge construction.   Why not take the...
20 weeks 2 days ago
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it. Where are you with your shift to the Common Core? While some are focused on the standards' content, others are turning their attention... (1)
24 weeks 3 days ago
We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generous support of the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, we are poised to launch the first phase of our Collaborative Classroom curriculum in May. We are exceedingly grateful to these...
45 weeks 3 days ago
I want to introduce you to Nima Tahai, principal at Garfield Elementary in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and champion for social and emotional learning (SEL). Nima, who inspires me at every turn, reflects on the changes in his school since they started using the Caring School Community (CSC) program. As he says, “If you’re not... (1)
1 year 5 weeks ago
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) seems to be everywhere these days. For the past four years I've had the pleasure of working with Oakland Unified School District as they adopt the Caring School Community program and embrace SEL.  Oakland sees SEL as central to their move towards Full Service Community Schools and the Common...
1 year 6 weeks ago
Today my son Owen finishes his Kindergarten year here in the Oakland Unified School District. While I have been professionally focused on creating positive school climates over the last number of years, this year I encountered one Oakland Unified school from a more personal perspective. As a new Kinder parent, I was able to see and appreciate the...
1 year 8 weeks ago
from Noam Szoke
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Sounds like a quote from this century, right? We’re in the information age, after all, and it’s no longer a question of what we know, but what we do with that knowledge. We must be able to reason about it critically! While the need to be able to reason is not new, its importance...
1 year 10 weeks ago
“The stronger I get, the stronger I see my students becoming, which is a very exciting thing.”— Jenn Carpenter For the past four years, Developmental Studies Center (DSC) and Oakland Unified School District have partnered to support a growing number of schools as they implement the Caring School Community (CSC) program. This...