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…

Let’s Talk About School Choice

Before Betsy DeVos assumed the role as the Secretary of Education in a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, she called “public education a ‘dead end.’” A month later, in her first speech to urban school district leaders, she declared that she “supports all public schools.” Betsy DeVos’ shuck and jive views on public…

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Today we honor teachers impacting the future of this country through the lives they transform in their classrooms.  Everyday, teachers go above and beyond to support their students facing personal challenges; believe in students by pushing them to grow and reach their fullest potential; by simply making time to ask: how are you doing?  …

Danielle Sawyer – Teacher Extraordinaire

Ms. Sawyer builds a safe environment where any student can open up and talk to her about any problems and she respects every individual and makes them feel right at home, not just a classroom. She gets the students intrigued about what she’s teaching but also feels like a friend because she’s so easy to…

Four Cities, One Message: Relationships Matter

Across the state, CFJ student leaders are bringing school staff, district leaders, and elected officials together around one simple idea: Relationship Centered Schools. Here’s how they are doing it: Leading In San Jose – Students are organizing a Learning Tour for school principals, staff, and district leaders to see what a Relationship Centered School looks…

Relationship Centered Schools Brief

In a time when public education is under attack, when we are facing a national teacher shortage, and when young people experience fear and isolation in their schools, we need a solution that works for all of us. That solution is Relationship Centered Schools. Relationship Centered Schools breaks down walls and brings people together so that every…

6 Reasons Why We Need Relationship Centered Schools

Relationship Centered Schools connects the dots. It breaks down walls, and brings people together. Here are the six reasons why we need Relationship Centered Schools: 1. 1 out of 3 students in California can’t identify a single caring adult If we applied the 2013-2015 California Healthy Kids survey statistic to the 6.2 million students in…

Students Ask Betsy Devos The Tough Questions

“Betsy Devos: What will you do to make sure all student feel safe and welcome in their schools?” – Nailiah Williams, CFJ Youth Leader EdSource recently asked education leaders what they would ask Betsy Devos if they had the chance. CFJ youth leaders spoke with their reporter to raise up the issues that matter most. Read more…