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Active listening: the diary

This is the chronicle of my week, focused on active listening. To read the blog post summarizing what I learned, see “Active listening at a tech startup.” Monday:  On Mondays we have a cross-product staff meeting with a representative from … Continue reading

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More with Google Fusion Tables…

I want to make a map that changes based on user input. A map with a dynamic data source. Seems simple enough.  I hear good things about Mapbox so I downloaded Mapbox Studio and started playing with it, but it … Continue reading

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Why per pupil spending?

As I learn more about public funding for education, I have been questioning why the de facto metric is per pupil spending. I’m sorry, but per pupil spending does not intuitively make sense to me. If you tell me that school A … Continue reading

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Should schools try to boost self esteem? Can feminism help?

Note: this blog post is more personal than you might expect. I struggled with low self esteem when I was younger, particularly in high school. As an adult who now works in education, I think about the types of educational … Continue reading

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Map of Public High Schools in San Francisco

I’d like to play with data visualizations of schools in San Francisco. So, let’s start with high schools, and narrow it down to non-charter public high schools. I spent some time finding data on the 18* public high schools in SF … Continue reading

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Cats, Minecraft, and Stimulating Professional Development- A recap of my first EdCamp experience!

I attended my first EdCamp on Saturday. It was, in a word, inspiring. Brought me back to my days running the DECal program at UC Berkeley, where students take ownership of their education and facilitate their own accredited group study classes. … Continue reading

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Open on principle or Open on demand: Who really needs open data and transparency?

I really enjoyed day one of the Code for America Summit. Many of the topics resonated with me, and as host/emcee David Eaves said, the community and aura “felt like home.” I guess this is more evidence that the civic tech … Continue reading

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