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On my mind- Walter “Skip” Olsen

July 17, 2007 Published by

Staying positive these days is proving to be a challenge. I’m bothered by the maiming and killing, the lack of reasoned civil discourse, and our national priorities—especially as they relate to education. Just the other day I went into a restaurant to pick up tuna on sourdough for my wife...

Future stories at Coachella Valley USD

July 10, 2007 Published by

A typical day in balmy Thermal, California in August is approximately 120 degrees! That certainly must be how the name of this beautiful piece of America originated—Thermal is definitely warm! Prior to my first visit as a technical assistant for aha! Process, I had preconceived ideas of what a school...

Please pass the economics

July 3, 2007 Published by

In the newly released “Platform for Economic Justice,”  one of our planks argues that people from poverty, middle class, and wealth need to be at planning tables in our communities, especially when we’re planning for economic stability and wellbeing. This week I saw this begin to take shape in an...

Platform for Economic Justice

June 26, 2007 Published by

Poverty has suddenly appeared on the nation’s radar. Business magazines carry articles on economic disparity, newspapers report on studies that reveal a pool of permanent poverty, and community colleges are renewing their efforts to attract and retain students from low-income families. All welcome news for those of us who have...

Transforming class-consciousness in America

June 19, 2007 Published by

  Paul Tough’s article “The Class-Consciousness Raiser” in the June 10, 2007 issue of The New York Times Magazine has drawn a lot of attention to aha! Process and the work that we do to transform class-consciousness in America and worldwide. I’d like to take an opportunity to share some...

Ink is good, sharing best practice is even better

June 12, 2007 Published by

Over the course of our company’s history there have been countless articles and related stories regarding aha! Process and educating others on the effects of class and poverty in our society. Most lift up and celebrate our work and the lives transformed, while a handful challenge some of our thinking....

Best Practices

June 12, 2007 Published by

“Best practice” is a term casually thrown around in education today that refers to strategies and approaches that are research-based and proven. However, it seems like “best practice” is changing shape and form, whether it be in a new direction or back toward tried and true ways. Some of the...