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…

CFJ In The News: California’s Search for Education Equity

Just a few years ago, Californians for Justice helped end a 10 year effort to bring equitable funding to our schools. As organizations, teachers, students, and districts work to figure out how to use that funding to move all students towards success, a few have found that centering relationships in classrooms and schools can equal…

Student Leader Advocates for Sanctuary Schools in Fresno Bee Op-Ed

“Over the last few months, it has been difficult to focus on school.  Just last week in class, a student joked, “Let’s round up all the illegals and deport them.” For me, my safety and my family’s safety is not a joke. I am tired of feeling isolated and upset because some of my classmates…

CFJ’s Young Women of Color Are Bold For Change

Today we celebrate powerful Californians for Justice women leaders.    What kind of message does this administration send to women, specifically young women of color? This administration does not represent us. As such, it sends the message to young women of color that we should continue to resist. We must continue to raise our voices and…

Betsy DeVos and the threat to Public Education

DeVos’ confirmation is not about challenging the status quo to create a better public education system. It is about providing a false narrative that public education is “flush with billions of dollars.” It is about reinforcing a system of winners and losers.   Just ask DeVos’ home state, Michigan, which now leads the U.S in…

No, this is not an episode of Black Mirror or the Twilight Zone

It’s true. The White House aims to rewrite history by doling out “alternative facts.” No, this is not an episode of Black Mirrors or the Twilight Zone. It’s an episode of an alternative reality where White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer makes no mention of the massive Womyn’s Marches that swept the world or how…