Student Voice

The K-12 Education system is chaotic.  It is characterized by practitioners who follow a very individualized, non-systemic, non-scientific, and many times non-professional approaches to teaching and learning.  Faced with a chaotic system, it is an enormous challenge for students, parents, and the community to navigate the system in support of the education of our children.

Data visualized on the Data Visualizations page of this web site  demonstrate that school districts like San Jose Unified produce mediocre to poor overall student performance in ELA and Mathematics. There are also large achievement gaps.  Rather than take responsibility for poor academic performance, adults often blame the students and pursuing all manner of whole child and social-emotional education initiatives. The realtity is that the adults within the system are not practicing at the highest levels of performance which is the root cause of poor student academic performance. If student results were high and there were no achievement gaps, you can be sure that the adults in the system would be publicizing them widely and also taking credit for the performance.  the State is complicit in covering up poor to mediocre performance by building an academic dashboard that obscures real student performance and obfuscates the achievement gap. You can read more at my blog. It is time for a transformation of K-12 education. Maybe we should begin by talking to and listening to our children!

We want to plan and implement a community radio educational program in San Jose, CA that will help listeners better understand the big picture of education and use it to advocate for improved teaching and learning opportunities for students within San Jose.

We have initiated a partnership with KCXU 92.7 FM  community radio to create an educational program called Student Voice in San Jose.    You can hear some of our initial radio programs below.  Please use the comments section to identify additional topics that you would like to explore as well as students who might want to participate in one of our radio programs.

Please use the Comments section below to identify topics and ideas that you would like to explore on our Student Voice in San Jose educational programs on KCXU 92.7 FM community radio station. Also identify potential students who might be interested in being interviewed on the program.

Now we are in the process of planning a summer internship with students affiliated with the Indian Currents organization.  Student interns will plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of Radio shows on KCXU 92.7 FM.  You can find our initial introduction power point to solicit student participation below.  If you would like to help underwrite some of the resources that we will need to help implement the summer internship program for our nascent student journalists, please contact us below.

Introduction to the KCXU 92.7 Summer Internship Program

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Dr. Conrad played a key role in planning and facilitating monthly leadership team meetings where principals and teacher leaders engaged in the careful evaluation of both student outcomes and professional practices.  He created a positive culture of collaborative competition where principals and teacher leaders compared, and learned from the results from their colleagues.  Teams aligned their school improvement initiatives with our comprehensive District. Under Bill’s leadership, school teams developed 6-week action plans as well as a monitoring system to continuously evaluate and improve professional practices and student outcomes.

Dr. Deborah L. Wortham

We collaborated on a professional development plan that involved the remote facilitation (GoToMeeting) of one-hour sessions where Bill used an Explicit Teaching Model to engage teacher leaders in understanding the 5 key early literacy initiatives as well as how to teach and assess these elements within their classrooms. His presentations were always very engaging and he used visualizations that made the 5 key elements easily understandable.  He also supported the teacher leaders in learning how to effectively collaborate with other teachers in teaching and assessing these elements within their classrooms.

Tosin Craig