When School and Out-of-school Time Intersect

A colleague of mine talks of the culture differences that sometimes exist between schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs. He suggests that the two entities may not speak the same language or have the same customs or norms around education and development but ultimately have the same goals. Out-of-school time is more often focused on the “soft skills” of social emotional learning versus “hard” academic skills. Differences in approach become more apparent when the two entities work side by side. With the advent of extended learning opportunities (ELO), the two worlds are beginning to meld; community-based out-of-school time programs are joining forces with school-day teachers focused on skill building. For more than a decade, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time has offered training on “links to learning” to help bridge these two cultures, but the need for breaking down the silos is still real and requires a hands-on and relational approach.

Abuse Survivors Convention Combines Frustration, Optimism for Future

LOS ANGELES — People who were abused as children while in institutional facilities feel some optimism about new California legislation, they said at their annual convention. “We have a lot going on, a lot to be thankful for,” said Jodi Hobbs, president of Survivors of Institutional Abuse. California state Sen. Ricardo Lara has introduced legislation that would further regulate these facilities, and national legislation is in the works. The facilities include wilderness camps, boarding schools that provide institutional care and behavior modification, inpatient psychiatric facilities and drug rehabilitation facilities. Both SIA and the Los Angeles LGBT Center support the state bill.

Jonh Lash

Ferguson Latest Example That Courts Don’t Bring Justice

In this moment of high drama when the nation’s attention is focused on Ferguson, it is important to remember something:

The entire saga of Michael Brown’s killing is simultaneously an individual tragedy and a window into the much larger injustice of ongoing white oppression.

Jonh Lash

Can Reform Efforts Strengthen Justice System?

Because we work from the desire to create more just and less alienating ways of interacting, we often find ourselves worrying about our overall impact in complex situations. Above all we wish to avoid doing further harm, but that isn’t always easy to determine.

Jonh Lash

We Need the Legalization of Being Black

I have sometimes imagined that because of my time in prison I can understand what it is like to be black in the United States. I lived for nearly 25 years under conditions of control, viewed with suspicion and presumed dangerous.