Oct 26 2017

Video Series: Reflections on Oakland’s Graduate Capstone Project

In the Oakland Unified School District, a yearlong Graduate Capstone Project provides an opportunity for students to research, analyze, and become experts in a topic of their own choosing. This districtwide performance assessment is building students’ ownership of their own learning and helping them develop and use critical thinking and communication skills. In the following short video clips, Oakland students, teachers, and school and district administrators reflect on the Graduate Capstone Project and its impact on teaching and learning in their district.

What skills and knowledge are students acquiring through their work on a Graduate Capstone Project?

Reflections by:
Marwat Al-Olefi, Life Academy Student
Jenn Howard, Oakland High School Teacher
Rolando Perez Cabo, Fremont High School Student
Maya Brodkey, Fremont High School Teacher

 
 

How has the Graduate Capstone Project shifted teaching and learning?

Reflections by:
Jo Paraiso, Fremont High School Teacher
Marguerite Sheffer, Life Academy Teacher
Young Whan Choi, Oakland Unified School District Manager of Performance Assessments

What changes have schools and the district made to support the implementation of the Graduate Capstone Project?

Reflections by:
Young Whan Choi, Oakland Unified School District Manager of Performance Assessments
Matin Abdel-Qawi, Oakland High School Principal
Preston Thomas, Oakland Unified School District High School Network Superintendent

What should school or district administrators know about implementing a Graduate Capstone Project?

Reflections by:
Matin Abdel-Qawi, Oakland High School Principal
Young Whan Choi, Oakland Unified School District Manager of Performance Assessments
Marguerite Sheffer and Kateri Dodds Simpson, Life Academy Teachers
Preston Thomas, Oakland Unified School District High School Network Superintendent