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What Would School Look Like if Every Student Built Caine's Arcade?

GOOD's Pathfinder Fellows headed to Melrose Elementary School to volunteer in classrooms helping kids build arcade games designed out of cardboard.

When we were in school, we sat at desks with a textbook, paper, and a pencil, and our teachers lectured. You probably had that experience too, but for students attending a school participating in the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge, learning is happening with popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and of course cardboard.

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Evaluation Overload: Why Teachers Need Training and Support, Too

Los Angeles Unified school board member Steve Zimmer shares his classroom experience as evidence for why training and support is important too.


The controversy surrounding teacher evaluation has reached a fever pitch. From the streets of Chicago to dinner tables across the nation and even on the big screen—how we judge teacher performance is on everyone's mind. But my own experience instructs me that evaluation should only take place after a process of meaningful, dynamic teacher training and support.

Twenty years ago Teach for America placed me in the Los Angeles Unified School District to teach English as a Second Language. I was 22-years-old, I knew very little about teaching, and even less about English Learners, but I thought I could change the world one student at a time. I gave everything I had to 120 high schoolers who'd come from all over the world to escape poverty, war, political oppression, and abuse. Together, we discovered and rediscovered the American Dream.

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Park Talk, Water Work, and Bus Art: Have a GOOD LA Weekend

From workshops on saving water, to a roving gallery broadcasting art in every corner of the city, here's what to do in L.A.



It's Thursday, Los Angeles! The weekend is bearing down, so we've got some tips for getting out. From workshops on saving water, to a roving gallery that will broadcast art in every corner of the city, here's what to do and what to see. Know something we don't? Send it to la[at]goodinc[dot]com

Friend Griffith Park in Real Life: L.A. is home to the country's largest urban park but those 4,200 acres of wildlife in the center of the city can't protect themselves. The nonprofit Friends of Griffith Park hopes to be the park's guardian, bringing "enlightened stewardship" to the open space, including hikes, advocacy initiatives, and educational programs. Tonight kicks off their summer lecture series at the Los Feliz Library, with a talk about Griffith Park's most famous asset, the Hollywood sign. Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

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