Stand Up for Racial Justice – For Charlottesville

In the wake of Charlottesville, we are reminded that this latest episode of violence and racism is a part of a long history of racial injustice in America. To move forward, we must acknowledge what brought us to this very moment and the many events etched into the bloodstained fabric of America. We must acknowledge…

Equity That’s About Racial Justice – Hector Castaneda

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader  Hector Castaneda participated as keynote speaker, sharing his indispensable experiences and bold…

Students Believe The Local Control Funding Formula Is Working – Zhihao Guo

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader Zhihao Guo participated as the only student leader on the Bay Area…

Bold Vision for Education – Naudika Williams

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader  Naudika Williams participated as keynote speaker, sharing her indispensable experiences and bold…

Local budget wins move districts closer to Relationship Centered Schools

For four years, CFJ student leaders have been working with parents and community leaders to make the promise of equity real in the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) – school districts’ annual budget and goals. This year, CFJ leaders have harnessed the power of the LCAP to uplift student voice and transform their education…

Students Call On Legislators To Address California Teacher Shortage

Just last year, California’s teacher shortage forced schools to hire more than 10,000 underprepared teachers. The Learning Policy Institute has found that low-income students of color are 3 times more likely to be taught by an underprepared teacher. Underprepared teachers fall into 3 categories (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing):   Teachers who provisional intern permits,…

Shining Light On Incredible Oakland Teachers Who Build Relationships

This past Tuesday, 70 students, educators, administrators, board members and community members came together to honor Oakland’s educators at the annual Teacher Appreciation Awards sponsored by Californians for Justice and Oakland Education Association. Students nominated and awarded 10 unsuspecting teachers from 9 high schools for the positive impact they’ve had in their students’ lives. The…