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Why Teens Shouldn’t Be Ingesting Cannabis Often

An Oakland cannabis counselor notes that modern, powerful strains of marijuana can damage young people’s brains. But convincing youth to just say “no” is another matter.
March 19, 2018

How to Limit Your Kid’s Screen Time

Three tips for regulating your child’s use of phones, tablets, and video games—and getting them out the door.
February 16, 2018

How to Raise Grateful Children

It’s all about family dinners, chores, and conversation.
December 29, 2017

Social Media Amplify Feelings of FoMO

The crystal ball of Snapchat and other apps allows teens to keep tabs on what their friends are doing. And that’s not always a good thing.
October 12, 2017

Wearing Your Kids

An increasing number of parents carry their children, rather than put them in strollers. But the doctor who popularized the parenting method is under siege.
September 12, 2017

So You Wanna Be a Rock Star?

Here’s where kids can rock out at summer camp.
March 13, 2017

Things are looking up for Oakland Feather River Camp

The family camp has been fixed up, has growing enrollment, and is finalizing a contract with the city for its security.
March 01, 2016

Can Coaches Thwart Teacher Turnover?

Whitnee Garrett is being tracked. Every step she takes in her history class at Roots International Academy is mapped. The 39 responses elicited from her students during a 20-minute span are recorded and tabulated. Her lesson plan on black history is broken down into segments, everything from the 15-minute introduction to the 15-minute class-ending group work. Just like game tape from an athletic event, every move is dissected and analyzed.
May 01, 2014

School Smarts Demystifies AUSD Classrooms

On a recent Tuesday night at Alameda’s Maya Lin School, 25 parents sit attentively despite being squished into small chairs. Instructor Gina Acebo stands at the blackboard under a rainbow, next to a column of international flags, and asks, “How do we increase face-to-face communication?”
May 01, 2014

School Smarts Demystifies AUSD Classrooms

On a recent Tuesday night at Alameda’s Maya Lin School, 25 parents sit attentively despite being squished into small chairs. Instructor Gina Acebo stands at the blackboard under a rainbow, next to a column of international flags, and asks, “How do we increase face-to-face communication?”
May 01, 2014