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ERIC Number: EJ853148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
In the Midst of Transformation: Reflections from the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools
Route-Chatmon, LaShawn
Horace, v23 n4 Win 2007
The Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES) has been working to build the capacity of people to transform the educational experiences and outcomes of underserved students in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area for more than 15 years. BayCES supports people in urban districts and schools undergoing reform efforts to improve their individual and team performance through a research-based coaching approach led by a team of professionals with extensive educational, administrative, and coaching experience. In 1996, BayCES launched a Small Schools Initiative based on the belief that achieving educational equity would require smaller, more personalized schools in which each student could be known well and supported to learn and thrive. Today, adults and students speak in compelling ways about how the effects of a small school created an opportunity for them to be seen, supported, and challenged. Students assert that their lives have been changed through the relationships they have developed with adults who expressed care and pushed them to produce excellent work. Groups of adults are taking responsibility for the learning and success of cohorts of students: responsibility for students' academic preparation, for providing access to a world beyond their block, for encouraging them to make meaning of and take responsibility for the awesome, challenging world they will inherit. Parents are learning and leading cycles of inquiry, making informed decisions about school policies and practices, and asking questions about student learning and results. School communities are holding Data Nights, Exhibitions, and Portfolio Conferences. High school graduate college-going rates have increased to nearly 70 percent with half of those students attending four-year colleges. In this article, the author reflects on what BayCES had accomplished.
Coalition of Essential Schools. 1330 Broadway Suite 600, Oakland, CA 94612. Tel: 510-433-1451; Fax: 510-433-1455; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California