Saturday, October 22, 2016

Aspire and Achieve Testimonial from Rickey Jackson

Rickey Jackson graduated from Oakland Technical High School last June. He was part of our Aspire and Achieve Program and is now at Cal State East Bay. On another posting I will put in the speech he gave at graduation. For now, though I want so post his testimonial to Aspire and Achieve:

Aspire and Achieve
Over the past year, I have been helped by all types of people, but the individuals under Aspire and Achieve are by far the best. It was more than just the work that we did, we made a great connection with one another. I felt as if I know them on a different level. They really cared about helping me with my work and making sure that I understood everything that I did.
Max Shapiro, who was my Math tutor with Aspire and Achieve, would spend many hours of his time on weekends, on the phone with me and on Skype helping me to understand math. Math had become one of my worst subjects, but recently I have gotten so much better at it. Working with Max is great, he is a great teacher, also he is very patient and takes his time when he is working with me.
Thomas Demerath, who is my English tutor with Aspire and Achieve, I feel like I made the foremost connection with, helped me study for my EPT test. He showed me how to write a whole essay from just a few lines. That was one of my biggest challenges, I didn’t know how to expand my thoughts. I was able to improve my writing skills so much, I learned how to correct my punctuation, and I can write essays better. My teacher began to notice. It got to the point that she thought that I had been cheating, but then I had to show her that I was the one doing the work.
Aspire and Achieve did more for me then just tutoring, for example things that impacted my whole education. They help me with fees to go up to Sonoma to take a mandatory test that I needed for college. If they did not help me, It would have been hard for me to make my way there. They were able to help me with my fees for my trip to New York with the African American Male Achievement Student Leadership Council. I wouldn’t have been able to get around or pay for food while I was out there without them.
The biggest difference was that I felt as if they really took helping me seriously, also I felt as if it wasn't just for a paycheck the feeling was that they actually cared about my education. You could tell more and more each time that we worked together. I greatly appreciate everything that they have done for me and I can say that they made a huge impact on my life.

Rickey Jackson

Monday, October 10, 2016

Thursday at Oakland Tech

Thursday, October 3, 2016
I don't usually put in links, but the one I put in Facebook does a good job of telling the story

Monday, October 3, 2016

Aspire and Achieve English Tutor at work

 My new schedule finally let me visit our English/History Tutor, Thomas Demerath at work with two of our students. It was a fun experience to watch Tom and his students work together. 

Tom helps them with their daily homework and gets them to think about the bigger picture. Looking to college as a goal and helping them plan the best way for them to get there. 

It was great to see Tom and the students work together. Our Aspire and Achieve Program is fortunate to have such dedicated tutors as Tom Demerath and Max Shapiro working to bring out the best in the students they tutor.

Tom and Kidus discuss possible options of homework assignment. Notice also the chips and cup for soda. Added afternoon energy keeps the students focused.

Tom and Ronell discuss ways to make the most of his senior year by ways to raise his GPA and have more college options and scholarship opportunities.

Field Trip to see Othello at Cal Shakes in Orinda

On Friday, September 23, Aspire and Achieve along with AAMA took 21 students and 4 chaperones to see a special Student Matinee performance of Othello at the Cal Shakes Theater in Orinda.
 The performance was wonderful as was the Cal Shakes Staff. We were given a grove area to have our lunch and a staff member came by and had some of the kids read from the script. First a little fast and then really fast. It was to get the students acquainted with the speech and rhythm of Shakespeare. 
It was a fantastic event, and I sent a thank you note to Cal Shakes:

We at Aspire and Achieve, African American Male Achievement (AAMA) Manhood Development Class and Oakland Technical High School, would like to express our deepest admiration and gratitude for a wonderful experience for our students! We were so impressed with the organization, support, instruction and friendliness of the entire Cal Shakes Staff. The production was outstanding, and the interaction with the students was handled very well.

Aspire and Achieve is working with AAMA and 100 Black Men to provide resources and support to encourage, engage and empower our students. This was our first outing of this new school year and we couldn’t have picked a better one.

Thanks again and our very best wishes!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tutoring and Mentoring off to a Great Start

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Lamar welcome parents and Kings to AAMA Parent Night, September 7
AAMA, 100 Black Men and Aspire and Achieve are really excited about this school year.  A large, eager Freshmen Class has the whole program working hard. The AAMA Manhood Development Class began on August 22, our Tutors started working on August 29, and 100 Black Men started their program September 15. All 3 programs are starting off great. Thursday, September 15 our Math an Science Tutor, Max Shapiro had the most students to date show up for Tutoring. On September 19 our English and History Tutor, Thomas Demerath, had the most students to date show up for Tutoring!
Max Shapiro, Aspire and Achieve Math and Science Tutor, works with Rickey Jackson. Rickey has graduated and is starting his first year at Cal State East Bay. He really wants to be prepared for his college classes. He also works with our English and History Tutor, Thomas Demerath. Rickey has also spoken to the current Kings about turning his life around and the help he has gotten from our combined programs. 

Langston Walker, 100 Black Men Member, speaks to Kings

Math Tutoring Sign Up Sheet for September 15, 2016. 8 current Kings plus Rickey Jackson  showed up for tutoring help. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Aspire and Achieve back in class at Oakland Tech. In Lamar Hancock's AAMA Manhood Development Classes.

September 1, 2016
Aspire and Achieve 1st session of sitting in 3 class sessions of AAMA Manhood Development. Listening and occasionally joining in discussion.  Big Freshmen class this year and they are ready to learn! We are excited about this year and look forward to the Parent Night on September 7.

Back in AAMA Classroom. Montez leading discussion of "When did you first discover that you were Black?"

Lamar Hancock listens and also leads discussion

Freshmen class


Friday, September 2, 2016

Aspire and Achieve Tour of Museum of African Diaspora

May 5, 2016

Aspire and Achieve partnered with African American Male Achievement teacher and leader, Lamar Hancock, in leading 18 of our students on a fun day that included a guided tour of the Museum of African Diaspora and lunch at the Metreon.  Aspire and Achieve made arrangements for the tour and secured a docent to guide us on a tour. We paid for admission and also bought the lunches while AAMA got the BART Tickets and Lamar did a great job of leading the students. 

Lamar walked the students from Oakland Tech to the MacArthur BART station. He also arranged for the BART tickets. We got off at Montgomery Street and walked to the Museum. The museum currently featured 2 exhibitions: 

 Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity is a traveling photography- and film- based curatorial project that features the images of photographers and filmmakers from throughout the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is cis-gender Black men in urban, rural, literal and abstract landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Its discourse intersects class, gender formations, ethnicity, ideology and style. Dandy Lion confronts the hyper “thug” narrative and is a portrait of the multi-varied alternative identities that have always existed in Diasporic communities.

The Grace Jones Project explores the influence of model, actress, and singer Grace Jones. The exhibition brings together more than twenty works by an intergenerational group of artists working primarily in photography, video, and performance. Some artists pay direct tribute to Jones while others demonstrate a Jones-like sensibility in their engagement with the black body and queer identity.

The tour guide asked good questions and the students gave thoughtful and perceptive answers. 
Everyone seemed to enjoy the tour and all we spoke to said they got a lot out of it. 

We went to the Metreon for lunch and gave students free time to explore. They all came back to the designated meeting place on time and the trip back was fun.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Question of the daiy


I'm trying to be more interactive with our students and trying to have a short discussion in class while not taking away from the lessons Larmar or Zaida are giving. This is my first Question of the Day:

Can you be average in Oakland? 

The average salary in Oakland in 2013 was $54,394. What kind of a job does it take to make at least the average salary and what are you doing now to get that job?

 As I read the question I pointed out that the average salary was nothing big. $54,394 a year works out to be about $4500 a month. Subtract taxes and you're left with $3800 or $3900 a month. Now from that subtract the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Oakland - According to Oakland Tribune it's $2190 per month. Then subtract phone, PG&E, cable internet, food, Monthly Transit pass or car and related expenses and what does that add up to?  This question was at the end of the class and there was not much discussion time then, but I could see the students were thinking about it and I will try to discuss it with them between classes and have a new question of the day.

Al Jazeera documentary about AAMA

this Documentary includes two of our students in Aspire and Achieve. Thanks to Tom Demerath, our English and History Tutor, for providing the link.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Our Tutors Rock!

latest article by our Math and Science Tutor, Maxwell Shapiro!

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Condensed Matter > Strongly Correlated Electrons

Measurement of the B1g and B2g components of the elastoresistivity tensor for tetragonal materials via transverse resistivity configurations

The elastoresistivity tensor mij,kl relates changes in resistivity to strains experienced by a material. As a fourth-rank tensor, it contains considerably more information about the material than the simpler (second-rank) resistivity tensor; in particular, for a tetragonal material, the B1g and B2g components of the elastoresistivity tensor (mxx,xxmxx,yy and 2mxy,xy, respectively) can be related to its nematic susceptibility. Previous experimental probes of this quantity have focused exclusively on differential longitudinal elastoresistance measurements, which determine the induced resistivity anisotropy arising from anisotropic in-plane strain based on the difference of two longitudinal resistivity measurements. Here we describe a complementary technique based on \textit{transverse} elastoresistance measurements. This new approach is advantageous because it directly determines the strain-induced resistivity anisotropy from a single transverse measurement. To demonstrate the efficacy of this new experimental protocol, we present transverse elastoresistance measurements of the 2mxy,xy elastoresistivity coefficient of BaFe2As2, a representative iron-pnictide that has previously been characterized via differential longitudinal elastoresistance measurements.
Comments:23 pages, 15 figures
Subjects:Strongly Correlated Electrons (cond-mat.str-el)
Cite as:arXiv:1603.03537 [cond-mat.str-el]
 (or arXiv:1603.03537v1 [cond-mat.str-el] for this version)

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From: Maxwell Shapiro [view email]
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