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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Author Archive: Jann L. Murray-Garcia

Just Us in Davis: Brown at 60, Davis at 10

Learn more and participate What: “Graffitied Walls,” presented by the DHS drama department (adult themes and language) When: 7 p.m. March 13-15 and 2 p.m. March 16 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $14 general, $12 seniors and $10 students; free baby-sitting provided What: “A Salute to Tony Fields,” presented by the […]

What Pippin and I (kind of) have in common

Check it out What: Davis High School production of “Pippin” When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 15-16, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. Tickets for children under 13 are two for $10. Info: Visit Full disclosure. My daughter Canela is the stage manager […]

Just Us in Davis: Trayvon Martin lives in Davis, too

By Jann Murray-García This week I hope you took a few moments to pause with your family in the national remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. I have reflected deeply on what a difference a lifetime can see transpire … if we each make it so. Our rightful and deserved celebration […]

Nice to meet you, President Lincoln!

Learn more What: “A Conversation With Abraham Lincoln,” featuring James Getty, Lincoln actor and historian; “Mr. Lincoln” will be available for photos and to shake hands following the interview, at the “Let Freedom Ring!” exhibit When and where: 11:45 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Center Stage at the California State Fair, then 1-4 p.m. in the […]

Just Us in Davis: On May 15, DHS youths lead us again

Learn more What: Race and Social Justice in U.S. History student research poster presentation When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 Where: Davis High School Library, 315 W. 14th St. What: Juneteenth Celebration When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 22 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Time flies and change happens! When the Race and Social Justice in U.S. History […]

Just Us in Davis: Clarifying GATE; youths resist hate

By Jann L. Murray-García Two separate issues claim this column. First, I was present at the Feb. 7 school board meeting when the lottery system was explained and adopted as legally necessary to avoid the judgment that our current GATE placement practices unfairly impact protected groups. The lottery system would randomly select children whom the […]

Just Us in Davis: We raise our children together

Learn more Who: Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District (grades K-8), speaking about how that community transitioned from having 20 percent to 4 percent of its students in self-contained GATE classes with no loss of academic achievement for its accelerated learners When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Where: Location TBA By Jann Murray-García I depend […]

Just Us in Davis: Will GATE be Davis’ Watergate?

A brand-new school year and an approaching autumn mark a time for renewal, recommitment and reflection. I wish your children and teens continuing and new cycles of positively affirming relationships with friends and educators. This school year, I hope your children know both great challenge and great success. We are back again to the very […]

Just Us in Davis: Our answer to the noose and swastika

On Friday, June 15, a well-constructed, large noose was found hanging from one of the goal posts at the Davis High School football field. There are no suspects at this point. Though we don’t know the motivation of whomever put the noose there, we are responding as one voice against the centuries of pain and […]

To say my father is dying

I lost my dad to eternity on Monday, March 19, at 1 a.m. Even as I was an eyewitness to this, holding his hand, even then to say, “My father is dying,” was surreal. That the world has not stopped, save a few of us, to acknowledge this remains confusing to me. Irrational and self-absorbed, […]

Just Us in Davis: We need each other(‘s vote)

Learn more What: “The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian,” a young adult novel written by Sherman Alexie, is the Campus Community Book Project selection When: Alexie will speak at 4 p.m. (free) and 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Info: This is an exciting time […]

Just Us in Davis: Dragon Ball and Blue Devils

By Jann Murray-Garcia Special to the Enterprise “But Mom, Mr. PoPo is like the smartest one on that show.” The character is from one of his favorite cartoons, the Japanese-style anime show, “Dragon Ball Z Kai.” My 11-year-old son was trying to convince me that I should not be offended. But I am offended. The […]

Three steps forward, why step back?

Three steps forward and… Is it inevitable that the next phrase of this sentence be: “two steps back?” I say emphatically, no, especially when it comes to Davis schools and inequality in schooling outcomes. I present four illustrations of how far we have come in the past decade addressing together how differently our “high-performing” schools […]

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