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Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar 10-09-2018

Oct 9, 2018

  Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar October 09, 2018

Christine Nguyen / KALW News

Medical care for transgender youth is a new and evolving field. Many doctors don’t know the terminology, best practices, or how to make referrals to specialists. KALW reporter Christine Nguyen, a pediatrician herself, spent some time exploring how health professionals are learning about the medical care of transgender kids.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar 09-25-18

Sep 25, 2018

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar September 25, 2018

  On today’s edition of Your Call, we talk with sociologist James Loewen about how history textbooks get things wrong, and how these inaccuracies often obscure or erase oppression and violence.

Lee Romney / KALW News

A growing number of parents whose kids suffer from seizures have discovered that medical cannabis can reduce their frequency and intensity. Over the past few years, seven states have passed laws giving kids access to that medicine while they’re at school. California’s not quite there. For one Santa Rosa family the stakes are high and the fight isn’t over.

Lee Romney / KALW News

This is part of an ongoing series “Learning while black: The fight for equity in San Francisco schools.”    And this at the bottom: 

Teaching can be tough — especially for educators who work in schools where families are scraping by, lots of kids face challenges at home and in the community, and they often score low on standardized tests. Add to that isolation and high staff turnover and you’ve got a recipe for a revolving door. 

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar 8-28-18

Aug 28, 2018

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar August 28, 2018

Tony Webster via wikimedia, used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped


Just over two weeks ago, 18-year-old Oakland resident Nia Wilson, a black woman, was stabbed and killed by a white man while on the MacArthur BART platform. News outlets reported the story, including KTVU Channel 2, the local Fox affiliate. But, in its broadcast, the network used a photo of Wilson holding up her phone case, which looks like a gun. That led to outrage and protest that using that photo was unethical and harmful. Shortly after, community members took their protest to the station.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar 6-26-18

Jun 26, 2018

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar June 26, 2018

Lee Romney / KALW News

In a crowded meeting hall in Oakland’s Preservation Park on a recent Wednesday, five teenage girls are about to receive their high school diplomas from a new program called EMERGE.


On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, we'll discuss climate science education for K-12 students. Last Spring, teachers across the country received a package from the libertarian Heartland Institute called 'Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming.'

City Visions: What to do about the teacher shortage?

Jun 18, 2018

How bad is the teacher shortage in Bay Area schools?  

Lee Romney


Walter Turner edges his 1989 Rolls Royce down a residential street in his Hunters Point neighborhood. It’s a white Silver Spur with a vinyl top the color of peanut butter and Turner’s just had it detailed earlier in the day.


Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar 6-12-18

Jun 12, 2018

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar June 12, 2018

Courtesy of Berkley, Ca. Police Department – Historical Unit

How are police trained, and what kind of education do they get? A 2014 study by the Journal of Criminal Justice Education found the more educated an officer was, the less likely they would use force during an encounter.

Photo by Sandip Roy

The CEO of Tech Mahindra said that the top 10 IT companies in India only take 6% of the engineering graduates.

Lee Romney

Destiny Shabazz grins as she opens the door to the West Oakland home where she rents a room. But she can’t show a reporter inside. Her housemates like their privacy. She’s barely ever here anyway, Destiny explains — mostly just to sleep on an air bed inside a small converted office.

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar 5-22-2018

May 22, 2018

Looking At Education With Carol Kocivar May 22, 2018

San Francisco Unified School District


Proposition G is all about pay for San Francisco Unified School District educators. Recruiting and retaining teachers, instructional aides, school psychologists and others who work with students has been tough for the district. That’s because San Francisco is a very expensive place to live.

Prop G would boost educators’ pay through a $298 parcel tax on properties in San Francisco. It would kick in on July 1 and stay in place for two decades. Senior citizens would be exempt.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News

Since 2013, KALW News producers have been going into San Quentin State Prison to train incarcerated men to be radio reporters. We air the stories they produce there as San Quentin Radio.

Gloria Rangel

The Redwood City School District superintendent’s letter to parents of Fair Oaks Elementary school came in late March. The school, he wrote, was facing near certain closure.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar 5-8-2018

May 8, 2018

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar May 08, 2018

Everyone knows about teacher and principal, but education offers many under-the-radar careers. On the Apr. 26, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools and I explore those and some inside baseball about the common and less so.

In the program's 2nd segment, we answer callers' work questions, what we call Workovers.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM.

The programs are archived on, iTunes, and in perpetuity on this web page.


Every Wednesday through Election Day until the day after June 5th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11 a.m. focusing on San Francisco's crucial mayoral race, local propositions, regional measures, and ranked choice voting.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar 4-24-2018

Apr 24, 2018

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar April 24, 2018

Palo Alto Daily Post, Emily Mibach


In June 2014, the Redwood City School District voted unanimously to approve two new charter schools within its boundaries, bringing the total to three. Hundreds of largely immigrant parents had demanded the choice, hoping for higher test scores, college access, and career-readiness for their kids.


But the decision came with a cost.  


Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar 4/10/18

Apr 10, 2018

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar April 10, 2018


Next Tuesday, more than thirty students from Oakland will get on a plane for South Africa. Some have never even been on a plane; most are Oakland teens; all but one is African American.

Students in San Francisco walk out of class to protest gun violence

Mar 15, 2018
Kyle Trefny / Special to KALW News


Hundreds of San Francisco high school students left morning classes to join a rally outside City Hall to demand more gun control laws and an end to school shootings.




People in passing buses applauded the students as they marched from City Hall through downtown streets. Many students raised fists to the air and stood in silence while the names of Parkland victims were read through a megaphone.


Student voices on school safety: Nicole O.

Mar 15, 2018