"Opening Minds. Inspiring Leaders."
College for a Day
Students from St. Martin de Porres visited the SMC campus for the school's annual College for a Day. Led by Jenny Maguire, Ed.D. (TFT/MSTE), 50 6th-8th graders participated in math activities that taught them to coordinate graphs by creating a life-size grid.
After-School Reading Program
With partner school Saint Martin de Porres in Oakland, CA, KSOE’s Reading Leadership class (READ 254) reviewed assessment data to determine specific academic goals related to reading comprehension. From these results, an after-school tutoring curriculum and program was developed. College students from a service-learning class in the pre-education/teacher candidate track (Teachers for Tomorrow/TFT) of the Civic and Liberal Studies program at SMC deliver the after-school program.
River of Words
River of Words—through its “Watershed Explorer” and “One Square Block” K-12 curricula—engages young people in an exploration of their local watersheds. River of Words’ inquiry-based model integrates environmental education with visual art and poetry. The program’s goal is to inspire and empower future generations of informed and compassionate earth stewards through their experience of the world around them.
LIFT UP! (Literacy Innovations For Teachers: Urban Partnership)
The Literacy Innovations for Teachers Urban Partnership (LIFT UP!) project is a literacy coaching collaboration between the KSOE and the Diocese of Oakland. The project is being implemented in four of the low-performing private schools in Oakland: Saint Jarlath, Saint Anthony, Saint Elizabeth, and Saint Martin de Porres Elementary Catholic Schools. The goal of the program is to have all primary grade students (K-3) acquire necessary literacy skills to become effective learners.
The KSOE is proud to be a Reading Recovery University Training Center, one of 19 university sites for this post graduate program in North America. The Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders currently enrolled in our program provide teacher training in school districts in four states. Directed by Adria Klein, PhD, the program is a research-based reading intervention program which targets low-achieving 1st graders. The program was recently awarded a "proven" rating by the Promising Practices Network (PPN), an organization that reviews research evidence of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.
Teacher Professional Development
A professional development workshop was recently held at the Saklan School, Moraga, CA on Sept. 20th, 2012 for K-8 teachers by KSOE faculty member, Peter Alter, Ph.D.. The topic “Differentiated Instruction for Struggling Learners,” was a part of an on-going partnership program to provide technical assistance to our public and private school teachers.
Community-Based Research Project
With guidance from Sawako Suzuko, Ph.D. in their Quantitative Research courses (EDAD 608 & 640), students in the Ed Leadership program (Cohort 11) collaborated with 3 community agencies to collect and analyze data to improve service to the youth and families in the community they serve. The community partners of Cohort 11 include © Unity Council of Oakland (Fruitvale District)'s Girls Sports Program (an after-school program for 4th and 5th grade girls), Youth Radio of Oakland (Downtown) and Urban Montessori Charter School of Oakland. This year, the students will continue their partnership in their Qualitative Research coursework with Kathleen Taylor, Ph.D..