Women’s History Month 2012: Norma Rodriguez

This is a blog post I wrote back in November 2010 that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the…

Women’s History Month 2012: Norma Rodriguez

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement…

Women’s History Month 2012: Beach Pace

When I decided to commit to City Year San José/Silicon Valley I had no knowledge of the people on the ground. I didn’t really care. In my mind I was giving up a year of my life to work in an underserved community and then getting out. Period. I had no idea that it would be…

2011 Year In Review: February

February was filled with some weird ups and downs for me but it was overall a good month. Maybe I’ll start with the ‘downs’. At my job there are grants that you can apply for in order to fund your innovative idea. In my first year I used this really cool literacy curriculum that played…

2011 Year In Review: January

With just about 12 days left before the new year I’ve decided to follow Megan by completing my own year in review. Over the next 12 days I’ll post highlights from this past year – and boy was there a lot! Let’s get started…

Lessons from the Idealist’s Journey

I have recently embarked on my third year serving with a fantastic organization that has been steadily gaining traction over the past 22 years: City Year. I think back to 2 years ago with an ever-impending deadline approaching (college graduation) and not having the most clear idea regarding what I wanted to do with my…

Coming Back

I remember when I first walked in to the City Year San José/Silicon Valley office on W. Santa Clara Avenue in San José. The feeling of welcome, happiness, and most importantly belonging. I knew that I would want to stay with this organization for a long time.   I began my first year of service…

Five Things Friday

Work has again gotten the best of me. With 30-ish days left in this tour of service things have picked up at an alarming speed. With that said, I wanted to get back into the blogging routine with a Five Things Friday post; 5 things that are going on for me this week. 1. iPhone…

Helping Our Students (Re)write Their Stories

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement gap….

Five Things Friday

1. Last In, First Out (LIFO) LIFO is the procedure by which unionized school districts decide which teachers to lay off first. It says that the newest teachers (no matter how good) lose their jobs first due to seniority. Could there be a worse policy? (Hint: NO!) It’s budget season and many amazing teachers are being…

Service Is An Act of Love

One of the first things you lose during your City Year is perspective. At this crucial point in the year we pause to reflect on our service up to this point to gain the perspective we’ve lost over the past 6 months.