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Gray Harris Has a Point to Make

Alameda’s latest school board appointee, Gray Harris, talks about living up to expectations.
October 08, 2015

Families Relying More on College Admissions Consultants

A pro can help high school seniors find the perfect fit for college, but it can cost a lot. Are students who complete the application process on their own at a disadvantage?
May 22, 2015

The Guide to East Bay Cooking Classes

The East Bay is a melting pot that enthusiastically embraces culinary tricks from afar as well as cutting-edge nutritional ideas that can add excitement to the mundane notion of nourishment. This month’s guide rounds up impressive places for creative cooking and overall food craft in the form of classes, workshops, and demonstrations.
May 08, 2015

Sean McPhetridge Builds Morale in Alameda Schools

Alameda school interim superintendent Sean McPhetridge test drives the job he would love to have while improving morale in the district.
January 01, 2015

Should Alameda consolidate Alameda and Encinal high schools?

Steve Sorensen: If there were a site that could handle all of the students in a more economically feasible manner, I would support one high school for Alameda. If that site was the current Encinal High School, I’m not sure that makes a lot of sense from a logistics standpoint. And it would be challenging to get Encinal High to change its name to Alameda High, since, as we all know, Hornets rule!
November 01, 2014

Charter Teachers Unionize at ACLC and Nea

The recent action by ACLC and Nea represents the edge of a movement gaining statewide ground as more and more teachers seek representation.
October 31, 2014

Alameda Music Project Succeeds

A successful afterschool musical education program in Alameda expands to reach more underserved students.
September 04, 2014

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

Graduating Seniors Speak Their Minds

By scholastic accomplishment standards, this year’s crop of outstanding graduating seniors is exceptional. But their achievements go deeper than that.
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