Teaching War: Making History Relevant (Highlight Video)
Seventh-grade students at ASCEND School in East Oakland, CA improve their media literacy and dig into world affairs in a semester-long project on the Iraq war.
Former principal Hae-Sin Kim moved on from the ASCEND School in 2004 to spend several years working with the Oakland Unified School District's New School Development Group. She recently left the district to found urbanED Solutions, a nonprofit education consulting organization. ASCEND teacher Elena Aguilar moved on to become an instructional coach -- and an Edutopia.org blogger. (Read her occasional blog posts about where these students are now, including this one.) ASCEND is still growing and going strong, with Principal Larissa Adam at the helm.
Watch the full twelve-minute version of this video to learn more about ASCEND school.