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Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar Jan 24, 2017

Jan 24, 2017

Eric Rice, Director of College & Career Pathways in the San Francisco Unified School District, joins Carol to share a new way of learning in high schools.  Courses stress hands-on, project-based lea

rning to provide a more authentic, real-world educational and work-based learning experience for students.

According to the California Center for College and Career, "Pathways that link learning with student interests and career preparation lead to higher graduation rates, increased college enrollments and higher earning potential."

Community colleges rethink remedial education

Jan 12, 2017
Sarah Tan


With more than 2 million students, California has one of the largest community college systems in the country. But its graduation rates have been disappointing for years.

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If Betsy DeVos is confirmed as education secretary, what’s at stake for public schools? For nearly 30 years, DeVos spent millions of dollars advocating for vouchers for private and religious schools.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma


In a sun-filled classroom at an Oakland high school, a room full of adults are learning English.

Sandy Sohcot, director of " The World As It Could Be", joins Carol to discuss how students learn about human rights.  Their programs use the creative arts to deepen learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  They give youth the voice to teach their peers and adults about the importance of these concepts.

Your Call: Weapons of Math Destruction

Nov 23, 2016

On the November 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation with Cathy O’Neil about her new book Weapons of Math Destruction. 


On the November 17th edition of Your Call, is it time for a charter school moratorium?

Carol visits Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School in San Francisco and learns about the PAX Good Behavior Game, a prevention tool that classroom teachers use to improve the lifetime outcomes for each student.  Joining Carol are Michael Essien, principal, and Tracy Nick, SFUSD Safe and Supportive Schools coach.

Sarah Tan

In a fourth grade class at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission district, the school’s ten-year-olds are learning Common Core math. They’re practicing multiplying double-digit numbers. But it’s not in the way you’d think, because they’re learning it entirely in Spanish. This year, California voters will be able to decide if programs like this can be started elsewhere, with the passage of Proposition 58.

Do you think voting should only be the right of citizens? Prop N would give non-citizen families the right to vote in certain elections — San Francisco school board elections — as long as they have a kid in the public schools.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop B - Tax dollars to CCSF

Oct 29, 2016

Proposition B would provide tax dollars to support City College of San Francisco until 2031.

It's no secret that the community college district has been through a lot recently: First a loss of major state funding, then the threat of losing its accreditation.  Enrollment dropped from 100,000 to 60,000 and staff salaries fell way below other districts.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop A - School bonds

Oct 29, 2016

Since 2003, San Francisco has approved almost 700 million dollars worth of bonds to pay for school improvements. Proposition A would issue bonds worth another 750 million dollars. Where would that money go?

About one in five public school students in California is an English Language Learner. So, is it outdated to still believe that public schools should teach in English?

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On the October 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the rising cost of child care.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar Oct. 25, 2016: Children's author Pamela Mayer joins Carol to talk about writing for children and her latest book, Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup.  

On October 17, 2016, the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts hosted a forum for candidates for San Francisco’s Board of Education, moderated by San Francisco Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker.  

Will free buses help kids get to school?

Oct 12, 2016


Nidya Baez is an assistant principal at Fremont High School in Oakland. She used to bring extra cash to school, in case a student asked for bus money.

“I would hear, ‘Can I get a dollar to get on the bus?’” remembers Baez.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar for Tuesday October 11, 2016

Photos courtesy of Joan Blades and John Gable/modified from original size

Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations and has teamed up with Republican John Gable

Carol speaks with Elaine Guamieri-Nunn, San Francisco Bay Area Director of Facing History and Ourselves.  This educational nonprofit helps teachers and students look at racism, prejudice and antisemitism so students can make connections between history and the moral choices  they confront in their own lives.  For more information:

Photo courtesy of Diamond Davis


Football players from Mission High School in San Francisco made headlines across the country when the team, as a unit, refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against the oppression of people of color in the U.S.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar for Tuesday September 13, 2016.

Craig Cheslog of Common Sense Kids Action joins Carol to talk about a new effort to make kids America's top priority.  With over 65 million Common Sense users, more than 300,000 educators and potential advocates in every home and school across the nation.  

Photo courtesy of Alicia Reyes


The Alameda County Bookmobile tours the county with books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and most everything else you can find at your local library. 

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar August 23, 2016

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San Francisco schools have a problem. With just over a week left before kids return to the classroom, the district doesn't have enough teachers to teach them.

Daily News Roundup for July 13, 2016

Jul 13, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news: 

San Francisco To Vote Nation’s Most Strict Styrofoam Ban // ABC 7 News

“San Francisco lawmakers are poised to give final approval to what will be the strictest ban in the nation on Styrofoam products.

The View From Here: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
"Oakland, California," by Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin, used under CC lisence / cropped and resized

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar June 28,2016

Jun 28, 2016

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar June 28, 2016