This September, founding principal Jose González welcomed 130 students from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through second grade to Voices West Contra Costa. Gonzalez is one of 50+ alumni from Innovate’s Start-up Schools Fellowship, which trains and supports principals to start new schools or redesign existing schools.
There are many different areas that are key to the success of high-performing schools from culture to human capital systems to use of data and academic rigor. Here you can find profiles on schools in the region that are excelling in different areas and what they’re doing that other schools can emulate.
Struggling schools can turn around with determination and focus on putting the effective practices of world-class schools into action.
This April, Terrence Davis and a group of founding parents and community members submitted a petition for a new school in Southeast San Francisco to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Learn more about their vision for a world-class school in their community.
Oxford Day Academy wants to prove that rigorous, hands-on learning doesn’t have to be a privilege of the wealthy.
Read last week’s post introducing Eric and Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus and their schools, Verde Elementary and Montalvin Elementary
“I think once you believe that every child can learn, but it’s up to the adults to get it right to make sure that happens, that changes everything,” says Eric Acosta-Verprauskus, the principal of the long-struggling Verde Elementary in North Richmond.
Two years ago, Eric Acosta-Verprauskus told his wife he was interviewing for a job as principal at Verde Elementary. The school had a reputation as an incredibly tough place to work. The last four principals had lasted an average of less than two years. “All the terrible things you hear about rough public schools were true here,” says Mr. Acosta-Verprauskus.