The Reading Is Resistance Project at Portland Village School (by Meghann)

Reading Is Resistance at Portland Village School This term we worked with a new partner, Portland Village School, to begin the process of building more diverse classroom libraries for students in two first grade classrooms. Our goal was to help … Continue reading

What is Reading for Resistance and Little Free Libraries? (by Cheyenne, Andrea, and Rachel)

What is Reading for Resistance and Little Free Libraries? Please watch the project video HERE. Reading has been shown to empower and inspire students; this is much easier when the books the students are reading are about people that are … Continue reading

Reading Is Resistance Classroom Library Project at Martin Luther King School (Jordan, Logan, Daniel, Anthony, and Sarah)

Reading is Resistance Our class has spent the past ten weeks thoroughly examining the roots of educational inequity plaguing our nation, and even more specifically, our very own Portland Public Schools. While equality strives for fairness, it is educational equity … Continue reading

How the Common Core and National Standards Further the “Achievement Gap” (by Char Ashley)

Defining “Achievement Gap” and Other Educational Disparities Achievement Gap refers to the different disparities among academic performance between groups of students. International Achievement Gap refers to the different disparities among academic performance between groups of students in other industrial nations. … Continue reading

Restorative Justice in a Nutshell (by Randee-Jo Barcinas-Manglona )

What is justice? It sounds pretty self-explanatory, right? Justice is about being fair and reasonable. We all know that. When someone commits a crime, justice gets served to them in court. We put people in jail as punishment for violating … Continue reading

The Good and the Bad of Testing Standards (by Jessica Urbina)

We all know that testing makes up a big part of how a public school are funded and at times the testing difficulty can impact the average scores of each school. When the testing standard is different in each state, … Continue reading

Supporting Families Within the PSU Community by Encouraging High-Quality Family Time—In Cooperation with PSU’s Resource Center for Students with Children (by Vee Mangual, Josh Mannion, Aleina Langford, Angela Haluska, and Roya Afghan Haji Abbasi

  Our group has five members—and two of us are student-parents. We understand all too well how the community does and does not support families. One of the most precious resources to any busy student is TIME, and that resource … Continue reading