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Berkeley Historical Society presents 

Panel Discussion

Berkeley Experimental Schools ProgramYeasty Times

Sunday, June 2, 2019

3-5 pm

Veterans Memorial Building Auditorium

1931 Center Street, Berkeley

Telephone: 510-848-0181

 Admission free, but please register in advance:

Moderated by Joanne Tien―UC Berkeley Ph.D. in Education


Dr. Herb Kohl―Other Ways founder, educator, author

Susan Groves―Community High teacher/administrator, Women’s Studies founder

Carl Brush―Community High teacher/administrator

Clementina Duron―Casa de la Raza elementary school teacher

Orlando Ortiz―Casa de la Raza observer Black House


Followed by a Question and Answer period


Berkeley Experimental Schools


The Experimental Schools Program sprang up around 1969, just after the integration of the Berkeley Public Schools. Other Ways, Black House and Casa de la Raza were in the tradition of liberation and ethnic-centered schools. Community High was more home grown, democratically building a curriculum from the interests of students and teachers as opposed to the traditional model. The teachers were educators who became activists, as opposed to activists who became educators.

Then the Berkeley Experimental Schools Program received a $6 million Federal grant, a windfall that eventually led to its demise when the funds were withdrawn. Ironically, the very self-determinism of their creation caused some of these schools to be closed later for violation of the Civil Rights Act. The panel will discuss the creation of schools within a school, which is still in existence at Berkeley High. Come find out about these revolutionary times, what went right and what went wrong.


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