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Milpitas High School, Milpitas, CA – December 8, 2017

by George J Elbaum Milpitas High School (MHS) has a large and highly diverse student body – 3300 students, 37% Asian, 21% Filipino, 19% Hispanic, 19% White, and 4% African-American – and was the very first school in northern California to … Continue reading

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Contra Costa School of Performing Arts, Walnut Creek, CA – December 4, 2017

by George J Elbaum Contra Costa School of Performing Arts (SPA) was quite a surprise for me.  Before speaking at a school for the first time I try to learn a bit about it – is it new or old, … Continue reading

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Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA – November 30, 2017

by George J Elbaum Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS) was established in 2007, which explains its very apropos slogan “The Tradition Starts Now!”  In these 9 years its enrollment has grown rapidly from 570 students to approximately 3200 now.  Despite this … Continue reading

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Social Studies Teachers Workshop at JFCS, San Francisco, CA – November 16, 2017

by George J Elbaum Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) is a San Francisco Bay Area social services organization whose mission statement is “Serving individuals and families of all faiths and backgrounds, guided by the Jewish value of caring for those … Continue reading

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Oceana High School, Pacifica, CA – November 8, 2017

by George J Elbaum Oceana High School is a small public high school in northern Pacifica, CA, with a high diversity student body of 652 students, of which 81% are minority and 32% are economically disadvantaged, but it nevertheless has … Continue reading

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Katherine Delmar Burke School, San Francisco, CA – November 3, 2017

by George J Elbaum In 1908 Katherine Delmar Burke founded her school to fill an obvious need: young women who wanted to be educated enough to attend college faced often-insurmountable barriers.   More than 100 years later, her school (Burke’s) still has the … Continue reading

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Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco, CA – October 20, 2017

by George J Elbaum Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (SHC) is an innovative Catholic high school with an enrollment of 1300 students and a dynamic blend of liberal arts, scientific inquiry, and 21st-century pedagogy which develops resourceful, independent thinkers.   The school … Continue reading

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