Relationship Centered Schools

How do you support students and teachers of color?

September 12, 2018

Most of us kicked off the month of September with the three-day Labor Day weekend celebrating the hard work and organizing efforts of working individuals and families. But looking beyond the holiday, it’s important that we take time to remember that working people — particularly teachers of color — continue to struggle in our communities…

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LeBron James: The Real MVP for Public Schools

August 9, 2018

Most of us celebrated the Golden State Warriors victories over LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 and 2018 NBA championships. We especially reveled in the 2017 win after James’ Cavaliers broke our hearts in 2016. This summer things changed. We are now celebrating LeBron James. Not only because we beat him, again, but because…

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Something Powerful Is Happening at CFJ

August 2, 2018

For the last 22 years Californians for Justice has engaged thousands of young people of color to make positive changes in their schools and communities. This work has been possible thanks to the thousands of supporters who have given their time, donations, and more to uplift the voices of young people who are working to…

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Californians for Justice winning victories for Student Voice & Relationships in districts across the state

July 10, 2018

This past school year, CFJ organizers and student leaders made real progress in the campaign to transform California public schools into Relationship Centered Schools. This framework emphasizes student voice, relationship building, and professional development for teachers and staff, making it essential to the success of Black, Brown, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander students. By…

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On Independence Day, Black and Brown Communities are Still Not Free

July 3, 2018

As we gather with our families to celebrate the July 4th holiday, it’s important to remember there’s still a lot of work to do to ensure all our communities are truly free; free from police violence, racial injustice, forced separation and anti-immigrant policies. At Californians for Justice, we know that institutionalized family separation is not…

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Why Relationship Centered Schools Matter for LGBQ, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Students

June 29, 2018

Since coming out publicly as a lesbian two years ago, Sierra has seen how her school’s treatment of trans and gender non-conforming and LGBQ students, while better than most schools, could be vastly improved through better representation and resources for students. “When I first came out my freshmen year, I went to [a few trusted]…

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Californians for Justice Top 5 Highlights of 2017

January 9, 2018

2017 has been a meaningful year for Californians for Justice. In the wake of a federal government that endorses hate, racism, and growing inequality, it has reaffirmed our commitment and fired us up even more to organize, resist, and lead the way with progressive policy solutions and action to transform public education – for the…

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Students Lead The Way For Relationship Centered Schools

September 22, 2017

Every single student deserves to feel welcomed, cared for, and supported to succeed in school. Unfortunately, every single day a student of color will wake up, go to school, sit in class, walk the halls for an entire school year without being able to identify a single caring adult at school. Student leaders have set…

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Bold Vision for Education – Naudika Williams

June 26, 2017

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…

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