During the 1980s, my parents migrated from Mexico to California in search of better opportunities. In California, I grew up in the fields of Oxnard and the streets of Inglewood, where I witnessed members of my community discriminated against, deported, jailed, and murdered.Read More >>
Growing up, I didn’t know what path I wanted my life to take. I did, however, understand early on that my path was different because I am an African American male–being stopped and questioned by police officers was a regular part of my childhood.Read More >>
The raft of proposed legislation in the state Legislature seeking to limit or cap charter schools all share one disturbing element: the bills ignore the impact charters have on the students they serve.Read More >>
As I think about Black History Month, I remember a drawing of this little brown lady with long, black hair. It was hand drawn by one of my students and it read: “The first day I walked into this [room], I saw a young brown skinned woman. I knew right away I was going to like this class.”Read More >>
With the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers union strike now over, it’s easy to understand why a combination of relief and celebration permeates most corners of the nation’s second-largest school system. Having students and teachers out of the classroom, for a single day, let alone six, benefits no one.
As a former teacher, principal and leader of color at Green Dot Public Schools, I know that my colleagues look for schools where we have the freedom to innovate and serve our students most effectively, while accessing the structure and supports that reflect our community’s needs.Read More >>
When you enter into your freshman year at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, you are born into one of five houses: the Burgundy Lancers, Yellow Mustangs, Orange Monarchs, Purple Bruins, Green Royals, or the Pink Dodgers. Each spring, these houses compete in The Robinson Games, a school wide tournament that features trivia, strategy, and athletic games.Read More >>
This year Green Dot hosted the Summer Institute for Business and Leadership (SIBL). SIBL was hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) and empowered young women of color to develop passion and purpose through building an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set.Read More >>