Director McWilson answers a 4th grade student’s question at The Community School for Creative Education schoolwide assembly.

"What you do today will impact your tomorrow."  Director McWilson

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Who’s a famous politician? Judge Mathis? Students were asked this question at a Community School assembly on Wednesday June 12th. Director Marlon McWilson shares with students at an assembly at the Community School. He shared his story about how he transformed his life to become a Director on the Alameda County Board of Education. His final message was that students can impact their tomorrow by what they do today.


Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Another great post from User Generated Education (who you should check out if you haven’t already). Here’s an excerpt:

  • Begin a New Unit with Students Developing Questions: Try starting a new unit by asking your class to think of questions that could be asked about the topic.
  • Create a Taxonomy of Questions: When students begin to label the different kinds of questions, they learn to select different kinds of questions to perform different kinds of thinking. No matter what the level of schooling, some kind of label can work effectively.
  • Ask Students to Create Questions as Homework (this would work with the Flipped Classroom): Put your classroom questioning typology to work with your homework assignments. If students read an assignment, let them form questions for the next day’s discussion. Ask them to:
    • write three comparison questions about the story they are reading;
    • identify the question the author was trying to answer;
    • find a question which has no answer, or two thousand answers or an infinite number of answers;
    • ask a question that is the child of a bigger question that they can then ask the rest of the class to identify.

Pacific Boychoir performs a high note in this segment at a schoolwide assembly…. 

The Pacific Boychoir engages students at The Community School for Creative Education.  Students have been directed on how to participate in the performance.  This was an amazing experience that filled the room with energy!  Can you feel it?!


Your pep talk of the day!

The Pacific Boychoir performs O Fortuna for The Community School for Creative Education. This was no opera house, but the choir certainly made it seem like one! There should have been an entry fee to this weekly school school assembly.

At The Community School for Creative Education… Michael Morgan shares the story of how he became a conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony.  Mr. Morgan shared his excitement when he found his interest in being a conductor.  He thought “what an easy job!”  How about that?   His premise was that with a healthy curiosity you can learn anything and it will help students do great when they find that interest.

Oakland East Bay Symphony conductor Michael Morgan teaches students at The Community School for Creative Education about conducting an orchestra! 

There are only a few simple…but powerful movements that control the symphony. Morgan let these young and bright students in on the secret. Michael Morgan was appointed Music Director in 1990 and began guiding the Symphony in the musical and philosophical direction it pursues today.

This is where it all started for the school…please take a look and learn about us. Let us know what you think…We are now in our 2nd year at a new location. 2111 International Blvd. 


The Community School for Creative Education is a new Waldorf inspired charter school opening in Oakland on August 29, 2011. The press conference was sponsored by Oakland Community Organizations, the partner organization. 
Please see the Community School website for more information-