PPS-SF Recommends: African American Male Achievement Program, Arts Ed Fair, School Choice, and More

posted Jan 3, 2017, 1:04 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston

To Read/Watch

Launched by the Oakland Unified School District in 2010, the African American Male Achievement program wrapped up its first semester at Mission High School in San Francisco this month. According to the OUSD website, the program’s stated goal is to “stop the epidemic failure of African American male students” and is designed to improve their academic and life outcomes. After several academic years in Oakland, the program expanded across the bay to San Francisco for the first time this fall.

To Read
Education Myths to Leave Behind in 2016–8 Dearly Held Beliefs That Aren’t Necessarily True (From The 74)
The new year is a great time for reflecting on deeply held beliefs that might not actually be true. To that end, I’ve compiled eight ideas that are put forth by many in the education policy debate but lack good evidence. These pieces of semi-conventional wisdom — myths, if you will — pop up again and again in the education debate, often asserted as statements of fact. Some of them I’ve tackled before; others are new.

To Listen
Every year for the past few years, I've dusted off my crystal ball and offered a few predictions for the new year. Back on Nov. 9 though, I threw out the ones I had been working on and started over. The election of Donald Trump altered the landscape for K-12 and higher education and created greater political uncertainty in the debate over how to improve schools. Here's my revised, updated list of predictions for 2017.

To Do
Arts Education Resource Fair, January 25 
For parents, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, and arts education advocates to meet representatives from a wide range of arts provider organizations in the bay area. Plan field trips and create partnerships. Become an arts education advocate. Bring the rich artistic diversity of San Francisco to your classroom. January 25 at the Asian Art Museum. 

To Watch

Charter schools. Vouchers. Tax-credit scholarships. Education savings accounts. What are these things and how do they relate to school choice? Education Week reporter Arianna Prothero breaks down the different forms of public and private school choice.