California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced that 92 schools will receive this year’s Civic Learning Awards, the most in the program’s history; Roses in Concrete Community School being one of the recipients. Now in its seventh year, the awards program is co-sponsored by the Chief Justice and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to celebrate public schools’ efforts and commitment to providing students with a high quality civic education.
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Karega Bailey released a new song and video, “Hope Dealer”, and discusses it largely as an anthem for Roses in Concrete Community School, of which he is the Director of Special Education as well as a leader of the arts program. Speaking about the song’s message, Bailey says, “Hope dealing requires the hope dealer to give portions that others may see as fatiguing, but that is the cost to disrupt hopelessness,” a phenomenon to which he contributes – along with all other RiC teachers and staff – significantly.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade was invited to and attended the National Teacher Appreciation Day at the White House in May as a member of The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF). President Obama honored Jahana Hayes as 2016 Teacher of the Year and acknowledged both Jeff Duncan-Andrade and his fellow commissioner and educator Geneviève DeBose.
Google became part of the movement for racial justice this year by awarding $1.75 million dollars to Bay Area schools confronting systemic racism. Roses in Concrete, alone, was granted $750,000. Other grants went to San Francisco Unified’s My Brother and Sister’s Keeper program, the African American Male Achievement program in Oakland, and programs supporting first-generation college students.
Read about what fueled and inspired Roses in Concrete founder, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, to turn his visions of a just, thoughtful educational environment into a reality. Jeff believes in an individualized approach to education – a recognition of each student as their own person with their own needs that must be considered, their own abilities that can be utilized, their own voice that needs to be heard – which he plans to teach to the educators at the Roses in Concrete Community School. Jeff believes in the wraparound approach in education, which will be practiced at Roses because no child can learn in a classroom if they’re hungry, unsafe, or unhappy with themselves. Under the community school approach and Jeff’s vision, the school must take the needs of the community into consideration when mapping out its pedagogical methods.
Roses in Concrete will be a research ground for finding out how to grow great teachers. Through such learning, it, too, will hopefully be a breeding ground for future teachers with the ability to transform the public school system in Oakland and beyond. Read the full article for more details about Duncan-Andrade and the ongoing plans for Roses in Concrete.
“Duncan-Andrade’s passion for improving the lives of his students and frustration with the public education system have compelled him to embark on a new project: establishing the Roses in Concrete Community School, where educators will be trained to engage with each student as an individual.” The school will address broken infrastructure that leads to misallocation of resources that leave urban public schools suffering. There will be a focus, too, on pedagogical methods; RiC will be an opportunity to do research on the best teaching practices by witnessing them act in the classroom. Unlike other charter schools, Roses will be specifically educating underserved kids from the vulnerable community of East Oakland. Students will not be turned away for any previous lack of performance in a school system that does not acknowledge or address their history and environment. The school and everyone involved emphasize community and family above all else.