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  • commented 2017-03-01 11:11:34 -0800
  • commented 2015-04-29 09:38:14 -0700
    Have you seen this article? The entire situation is a horrific tragedy and makes Oakland and OUSD look terrible. How can this poor child and her family be helped? I can’t get this story out of my mind. http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/28/an-oakland-9-year-old-shot-and-paralyzed-struggles-to-return-to-school
  • commented 2015-02-15 13:22:31 -0800
    As an experienced and highly effective educator, I applaud your efforts to support the vision of excellent public education for all students. I am a visionary and a realist that has worked at both highly effective charter and public schools in Oakland. From this lens and with this experience, I say it is absolutely possible to transform Oakland schools into an exemplary district that successfully interrupts the trajectory that inequitable socio-economic conditions and mass trauma attempt to impose on our future leaders (students).


    As you work to ensure teachers are paid a more equitable living wage, we must also work together to create healthier and more sustainable working conditions for the heroes (teachers) who serve our children every single day. Working and learning conditions are inextricably linked. The reality is that teachers who work in disadvantaged, disenfranchised communities with trauma, have to be better than teachers who serve affluent communities and have to work harder with less resources. This is akin to the students, mostly of color, who come from our communities and have to be better than in order to succeed in this globalized society ridden with isms. The narratives that are evolving within district are deepening the divide between “the district” and teachers. This will only serve to further erode trust and impoverish the moral of the adults who work tirelessly to serve our youth. The intellectual, physical and emotional tole it takes to “be there” and effect change for our children is incredibly rewarding and taxing. To be effective, we are required with be diagnosticians, differentiation and acceleration experts, content experts, nutritionists, counselors, behavior specialists, trauma experts etc. Without attending to the working conditions and providing more resources to teacher and schools to better support the youth we serve, it will result in pushing exemplary teachers, like myself, who are skilled enough to have better paying jobs with more work/life balance, out of the district or away from the profession entirely. Improving working conditions for teachers is a critical components for our students success. Help us help them. Please help Oakland be the place teachers want to come and build a teaching career that effects change in the interest of social justice.


    with respect
  • commented 2014-12-28 09:36:08 -0800
    did not have your email so will send this way. Sorry I did not see th etext today and went down to meet with you. What about Tuesday morning? At same place? 10 am. Floyd Huen
  • commented 2014-11-05 22:43:31 -0800
    Shanthi – congratulations!
  • commented 2014-10-24 14:09:35 -0700
    I told the guy who brought over a lawn sign about this program that aired on KQED FM last night at 8. It isn’t yet available to download but it is relevant to Shanthi’s campaign: it’s about the need for trade schools as an alternative to college.


    American Radioworks

    Ready to Work: Reviving Vocational Ed — Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today that kind of tracking smacks of classism. “College for all” is the new mantra. But not everyone wants to go to college, and nearly half of jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it’s time to bring career and technical education back. The program explores how vocational education has changed and how it’s re-shaping debates about the purpose of school.
  • commented 2014-09-09 08:46:01 -0700
    You go girl. Will spread the word. Thank you for doing this Shanti.

    Tracy Gary
  • commented 2014-06-23 17:34:25 -0700
    Hi there, please send to my personal email address. Thanks!