Contract With Woke Kindergarten Terminated at East Bay School Following Controversy

Long after the Hayward Unified School District entered into a $250,000 contract with a for-profit, anti-racist teacher training program called Woke Kindergarten, a school board member and a teacher at the school raised objections to it, and the story launched into the national conservative media morass.

It’s been two years since Hayward’s Glassbrook Elementary School began a contract for teacher training sessions with Woke Kindergarten — a Brooklyn-based for-profit company specializing in anti-racist and “abolitionist” trainings and classes for students, educators, and organizations. Teachers at the school lauded the move, saying that the student body — which is largely non-white, and about two-thirds English learners — did not respond well to traditional academics, and teachers needed new tools.

The name Woke Kindergarten implies that it’s about teaching “woke”-ness to small children, which is a bit misleading. While the organization does offer videos and classroom materials for kids, it’s not clear how many actual classes it has taught directly to kids since its founding — and the Hayward contract was for teacher trainings only.

This all blew up about two weeks ago after a teacher became a whistleblower of sorts about the program, raising the question to the Chronicle of whether

‘Woke Kindergarten’ is beyond parody, student grades get worse in school after program implemented – The Hill




‘Woke Kindergarten’ is beyond parody, student grades get worse in school after program implemented – The Hill




















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Kindergarten teacher surprises students by having a wedding at school

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Students at Good Shepherd Catholic School were the special guests of honor at a surprise event late last week: their teacher’s wedding.

Catie Zwier, who teaches kindergarten, married her husband Kevin during school Mass last Thursday, the day before the couple would have a ceremony with family and friends. Zwier said the plan was in the works for months and she kept it a secret from most of the students except for the scripture readers and designated flower girls.

“I had a teacher growing up. I wasn’t in her class at the time, but she had her class sing at her wedding and I always thought that was the coolest thing. And I’m like, ‘someday when I get married , my class is going to sing at my wedding,'” she said. “Well, we did it a little bit bigger than that and surprised the whole school. It was awesome.”

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When she told school staff and the parish priest about her idea, they were enthusiastically on board. Zwier said it exceeded every expectation and she loved seeing students’

17 sets of twins start kindergarten in the same school district

Teachers in one Pennsylvania school district might be seeing double a little more often this school year. That’s because 17 sets of twins are all heading to their first day of kindergarten in the Colonial School District Monday.

The district, which serves Conshohocken, Plymouth Township and Whitemarsh Township, is welcoming 34 “twin-dergarteners” to three of their five elementary schools. Ridge Park Elementary School has enrolled seven sets of twins, while Whitemarsh Elementary will have six sets of twins and Plymouth Elementary will see four sets join their class, the school district confirmed to “Good Morning America.”

The school district, northwest of Philadelphia, said it’s “the highest number of twins in a single class” in their recent history and dubbed it a “twin-dergarten takeover.”

PHOTO: This fall, a total of 17 sets of twins will start kindergarten at Colonial School District elementary schools in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

This fall, a total of 17 sets of twins will start kindergarten at Colonial School District elementary schools in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Courtesy of Colonial School District

Among the students starting at Ridge Park Elementary in Plymouth Township are Brianna Cox’s five-year-old fraternal twins, Colton and Keegan.

PHOTO: Brianna Cox's twins, Colton and Keegan, are beginning kindergarten at Ridge Park Elementary School.

Brianna Cox’s twins, Colton and Keegan, are beginning kindergarten at Ridge Park Elementary School.

Courtesy of Brianna Cox

“I guess there was something in the water back in 2016 or