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September 3, 2010

Students Learn to Give Back Through Construction Projects

The Daily Triplicate wrote this week about a unique collaboration between Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods students, the Yurok Housing Authority and the Yurok Tribe. KRECR students have been working for a year on giving back through construction projects benefiting local tribal elders. The program doesn't only benefit the elders--students gain construction experience and earn entry-level hours as Journeymen Apprentices.

Public Safety Academy Students Exposed to Careers

Students at an Inland Empire charter school are also applying their education in a hands-on way. Through partnerships with the San Bernardino Police Department, Cal State San Bernardino's Police Department, and the San Bernardino City Fire Department, Public Safety Academy students are exposed to "careers, not just jobs," in firefighting, law enforcement and the military. Enrollment at the Academy has swelled to 450 sixth- to 12th-graders, up from 250 students last year. Read the Redlands Daily Facts article.

Charter School Achieves Success through Project-Based Learning

Riverside Preparatory, a K-2 charter school in Oro Grande that has grown from 30 students in 2006 to 1,800 in 2010, employs project-based instruction across every subject, with great results. According to an article in the Victor Valley Daily Press, around 90 percent of the school's 10th graders passing the California High School Exit Exam on the first try -- topping county and state averages. Further, "the school also had a whopping 93 percent of students score at least proficient in language arts on the 2010 California Standards Tests -- more than 30 percentage points above the county average."

Northeastern California Charter School Teacher's Book Re-issued

Congratulations to Kim Culbertson, a teacher at Forest Charter school in Nevada City, on the reissuance of her book, "Songs for a Teenage Nomad." Culbertson taught high school English, creative writing and drama for more than 10 years in public and private schools. The book has won several awards, including the Ben Franklin Award; this is the first time it has been made widely available. Read all about it here.

Bilingual School Celebrates New School Year after Making Big Changes

Students, parents, teachers and staff at Adelante Charter School celebrated going "back to school" this week. The dual immersion school, formerly known as Cesar Chavez Charter School, make dramatic changes after months of scrutiny from the state for consistently low test scores. "Adelante" means "going forward" in Spanish, which is exactly what the school wants to do; they must improve upon multiple years of poor test results to avoid closure. Read the Daily Sound's take on the school.

Education Pioneers Announces New Analyst Fellowship

Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization committed to developing the next generation of public education leadership, recently announced its new Analyst Fellowship program designed in response to the demand for more highly-skilled analytical talent within the public education system. The program will place experienced professionals with corporate data analysis experience into public education organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. CCSA is a proud supporter of the group's summer fellowship program, and has hosted several fellows in the last few years. Learn more about how we have partnered with Education Pioneers to effect systemic change in urban education.

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