GSE News Headlines

February 6, 2020

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PROFESSOR TRAVIS J. BRISTOL tells California Schools, a publication of the California School Boards Association (CSBA), that successful retention of teachers of color means school principals and teachers collaborating on improving working conditions. “If principals aren’t creating positive working conditions for teachers, where teachers are getting feedback on their practice, where teachers are being treated like practitioners and experts. If those conditions aren’t present, then you will have teachers leaving,” he said. Read the full CSBA story "The Time is Now: Leaders, researchers advance teacher diversity as an imperative issue.”


PROFESSOR FRANK C. WORRELL tells KTVU-2 News that for school-age kids at home during the COVID-19 public health crisis who aren't used to homeschooling, sticking to a route Monday through Friday is important. Parents and guardians can also have their kids try educational apps, and virtual museum tours. See the KTVU-2 News story "Tips for homeschooling during coronavirus outbreak.”


PROFESSOR BRUCE FULLER'S latest research shows that learning disparities between African Americans and English-learners, compared with white and Asian students, failed to budge in Los Angeles after five years of additional funding. Read more on Berkeley News "New funding lifts L.A. schools, but disadvantaged students still lag.” In a related story, PROFESSOR TRAVIS J. BRISTOL comments on the findings, noting that resources need to focused on specific issues. Read more in the Daily Californian "Progressive funding for schools fails to alleviate racial achievement gap, study says.”


PROFESSOR TOLANI BRITTON tells KPIX5-TV that income sharing agreements as a way to pay for a post-secondary education has many unknowns, it’s not well regulated, and some critics say it's akin to indentured servitude. Read more on the KPIX5-TV news site  "San Francisco-Based Holberton Coding School Facing Fraud Accusations From Former Students.”


PROFESSOR TRAVIS J. BRISTOL tells ABC7 in Los Angeles, "If we're going to lower turnover for teachers of color we have to attend to improving the working conditions in their schools." Read more on the ABC7 Los Angeles news site, "Compton school looking at new ways to help African-American students."


PROFESSOR DEREK VAN RHEENEN says that it’s common for fans to deify professional athletes, so it's not unusual for some fans to be upset when negative aspects of an athlete’s life are reported, such as the 2003 rape allegation against the late NBA player Kobe Bryant. Read more in the Los Angeles Times, "For survivors of sexual assault, Kobe Bryant’s legacy is complicated."


PROFESSOR TRAVIS J. BRISTOL appreciates California Gov. Gavin Newsom's education budget because "it reminds the public that teaching is a profession and in order to become better in the profession, you have to spend time learning the craft of teaching." Read more in the Sacramento Bee, "Teacher bonuses and classroom prep: Inside Newsom’s $900 million plan for California schools."


PROFESSOR TOLANI BRITTON comments on the topic of free college as proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In the short term, "capacity is going to be a big issue," Britton tells the San Francisco Chronicle's political reporter John Wildermuth.  "President Bernie Sanders: Here’s what it would mean for California.”


PROFESSOR TRAVIS J. BRISTOL'S project to increase the number of male teachers of color (Compton Male Teachers of Color Network) is featured in a KQED News radio story, “ 'I Feel That I’m Needed': An Effort to Keep Male Teachers of Color in the Classroom.”


At a day-long forum hosted by the GSE and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), Chancellor Christ and other UC leaders said they are ready to end SAT and ACT scores in the college admissions process. Read the coverage in the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.


PROFESSOR LISA GARCÍA BEDOLLA, commenting to about the rise of Latinx political power after California's Prop. 187, says, "Everyone had a clear sense that this was a moment of racial threat. That it was a Latino threat, not just anti-immigrant threat." Read more.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development Innovation Review includes the article “The Critical Role for Young People and Schools in Resiliency Planning,” authored by DEBORAH MCKOY, AMANDA EPPLEY, AND SHIRL BUSS of the Center for Cities + Schools (CC+S). The center is an interdisciplinary initiative between the GSE and the College of Environmental Design. Read more.

Doctoral student DARRYL DIPTEE leads the Sonic Eyewear Project, a technology that enables people who are blind or visually impaired to use echolocation to better navigate their surroundings. It won 2nd place in the Big Ideas contest (Hardware for Good category). Read more.

PROFESSOR JANELLE SCOTT, commenting to the San Francisco Chronicle on Salesforce's annual grants to the San Francisco and Oakland school districts, now totaling $66 million to date, says: "This is not just parents or local businesses contributing. ... These are big dollars dedicated to moving public education policy or curriculum in the imagination of the donors." Read more.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL RANNEY talks to Philosophy Talk radio about Changing Minds on Climate Change. His research explores the nature of explanation and understanding. Read more.

DEAN PRUDENCE L. CARTER is featured in an hour-long discussion on WBUR’s On Point Radio regarding the achievement gap. Carter notes that the opportunity gap is impacted by macro-level policies to micro-level classroom activities and curriculum, and together shape the entire constellation of a student's educational success. And it's disproportionate by race, ethnicity and class. Listen in.

DEAN PRUDENCE L. CARTER'S piece, “Poor Schools Need to Encompass More Than Instruction to Succeed,” which appeared in Room for Debate (New York Times), is used in a creative activity by high school librarian Jacquelyn Whiting when teaching about invisible bias. Read more.

Doctoral student MICHAEL BAKAL writes an op/ed on immigration in Truthout, on Guatemala's capacity to provide basic safety and public health services for refugees after the United States began requiring immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and possibly other countries to process their asylum claims in Guatemala (aka safe third-country agreement). Read more.

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