The Dream: DREAM Act and DACA (by Jesse Johnson)

  The story of the lady in the Lost and Found video was very sad.  She said she grew up thinking one way and then found out that she wasn’t an America legally.  She even said, it should be easy, … Continue reading

How the DREAM Act and DACA Impact Students (by Cynthia Lagunas)

This week for our class discussion we had the chance to explore DACA and Immigration. One of the questions that was asked was “How Do you think the dream act and DACA affect students”. This topic is very controversial at … Continue reading

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

Common Core: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Cons? (by Marina Bubnova)

Since being unleashed on the field of education in 2010, common core has been both praised and denounced from all sides. While standards are important for school to have for their students, some thought that common core was an overreach … Continue reading

Standardizing = Equal Standards? (by Jasmine Bahramian)

The way education and testing standards should be approached is not an easy matter. There is not only plenty of variety across various states and locations, but each individual child is unique in their path towards academic success. However, there … 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