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May 18 – Students at the Center: Reimagining Education So that all Students Learn, Grow and Thrive

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 5pm for an opportunity to hear  from celebrated author and educator Dr. Bettina Love followed by a conversation with Aim High educator Jacqueline Kurzer.

Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers and a sought-after public speaker. She has provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, Ed Week and The Guardian. Her most recent book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom was last year’s Aim High faculty and staff read. In addition, her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

Aim High is dedicated to nurturing the power and potential of middle school students and strives to create learning spaces where each student feels a true sense of empowerment and belonging. To fully realize this goal, Aim High is deepening its commitment toward being a stronger anti-racist organization with continuous learning and reflection opportunities for all members of our community.

Event sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund

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Previous Event Recordings

Students at the Center – Shane Safir in conversation with Michelle Capobres. We were pleased to welcome Shane Safir  co-author of Street Data, A Next Generation Model of Equity, Pedagogy and School Transformation and the Listening Leader, for a conversation around data, equity and our assumptions about knowledge with Aim High’s VP of Strategy and Learning, Michelle Capobres. 

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Rising to the Moment: Meeting our Students’ Changing Needs in the Classroom, a compelling conversation on how Aim High educators are meeting the important academic, social and emotional needs of our students in the virtual, hybrid and in-person classroom. Watch moderator, Michelle Capobres, VP of Strategy and Learning at Aim High, and panelists, Ta-biti Gibson, Restorative Justice Facilitator at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Wang Han, 5th grade teacher at Alamo Elementary School in SF, and Chrissy Emmons, Middle School Teacher at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.


Race, Identity and Self with Julie Lythcott-Haims, best-selling author of the memoir Real American, and acclaimed activist, attorney and former dean at Stanford University. Julie in conversation with Jacqueline Kurzer Co-President of the Aim High Young Leaders Board, Director of Enrollment Management at Marin Horizon School, and former Aim High educator.


Identity Through Stories: The Power of Seeing Yourself in Books with Sandra Cisneros, poet, short story writer, essayist, performer, artist and novelist of the award-winning House on Mango Street in conversation with Sandra Payne, Aim High educator.

The Power of Belonging with Mohammed Soriano-Bilal, Stanford University’s Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Inclusion, Belonging, and Intergroup Dialogue (and an Aim High parent!) in conversation with Shafia Zaloom, acclaimed author and educator (and former Aim High educator and trustee!).


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