Bay Area elementary school where just 4% of students are proficient in math and 12% in English spent $250K on ‘Woke Kindergarten’ program where third-grade teacher was told to ‘disrupt whiteness’, and whose non-binary creator wants to abolish police

A Bay Area elementary school spent $250,000 on a ‘Woke Kindergarten’ program only to see its student’s literacy and numeracy scores drop.

The ‘Woke Kindergarten’ program states its mission as an ‘abolition of early learning ecosystem’ that trains teachers to uproot white supremacy, disrupt racism and oppression that are barriers to learning.

After federal money was spent on the program at Glassbrook Elementary in Hayward, numeracy among its 474 students dropped to a new low of just 4 percent and literacy just 12 percent.

The scores, recorded two years into Woke Kindergarten’s three-year contract last spring, represent a 4 percent decrease in each category.

The school also remains at the state’s lowest-performing level on the Comprehensive School Improvement List and has a lower attendance rate than before the program was introduced.

The for-profit company was founded by non-binary early childhood educator Akiea 'Ki' Gross (pictured)

The for-profit company was founded by non-binary early childhood educator Akiea ‘Ki’ Gross (pictured)

The 'Woke Kindergarten' program states its mission as an 'abolition of early learning ecosystem' that trains teachers to uproot white supremacy, disrupt racism and oppression that are barriers to learning

The ‘Woke Kindergarten’ program states its mission as an ‘abolition of early learning ecosystem’ that trains teachers to uproot white supremacy, disrupt racism and oppression that are barriers to learning

Some Glassbrook teachers, including Tiger Craven-Neelley (pictured), have raised concerns about the program and the use of the funds designed to help some of the country's lowest-performing schools

Some Glassbrook teachers, including Tiger Craven-Neelley (pictured), have raised concerns about the program and the use of the funds designed to help some of the country’s lowest-performing schools

Woke Kindergarten’s philosophy of ‘abolition education’ aimed at primary school-aged children centers around the idea that the education system as it is, steeped in racism and other oppressive structures, cannot be reformed.

Instead, it advocates “kind of a fresh start,” UC Berkeley education professor Zeus Leonardo told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Woke Kindergarten is flagrant about its political leanings, with its social media pages littered with graphics about the abolition of the police, anti-Israel messages and even the abolition of money.

One such lesson the program offers to elementary school children includes the ‘wonder’ where students are asked to consider ‘if the United States defunded the Israeli army, how could this money be used to rebuild Palestine?’

Woke Kindergarten also teaches the children a ‘wake word of the day’ such as ‘ceasefire’ to educate them with ‘language of resistance… to introduce children to liberating vocabulary in a way that they can easily can digest, understand and above all, use in their criticism of the system.’

The for-profit company was founded by non-binary early educator Akiea ‘Ki’ Gross, who uses they/them pronouns.

Gross has far-left views that include envisioning a world ‘free of the US empire and free of Israel’ which they previously referred to as a ‘made up place’.

In an Instagram post defining the word ceasefire, they said: ‘One place people are calling for a permanent ceasefire is in Palestine because they are occupied, or controlled, by a made up place called Israel that has settlers called Zionists. harming and killing the Palestinian people who have always lived on the land.’

Glassbrook Elementary in Hayward remains at the state's lowest-performing level on the comprehensive school improvement list

Glassbrook Elementary in Hayward remains at the state’s lowest-performing level on the comprehensive school improvement list

Woke Kindergarten is flagrant about its political leanings, with its social media pages littered with graphics about the abolition of the police, anti-Israel messages and even the abolition of money.

Woke Kindergarten is flagrant about its political leanings, with its social media pages littered with graphics about the abolition of the police, anti-Israel messages and even the abolition of money.

Other information printed by the company includes trans-affirming information for children

Other information printed by the company includes trans-affirming information for children

Gross has far-left views that include envisioning a world 'free of the US empire and free of Israel' which they have previously referred to as a 'made up place'

Gross has far-left views that include envisioning a world ‘free of the US empire and free of Israel’ which they have previously referred to as a ‘made up place’

One of the recent 'wake words of the day' posted on the company's Instagram was 'stop-stop'

One of the recent ‘wake words of the day’ posted on the company’s Instagram was ‘stop-stop’

Hayward Superintendent Jason Reimann defended the school's decision to hire Woke Kindergarten

Hayward Superintendent Jason Reimann defended the school’s decision to hire Woke Kindergarten

“I’m anti-Israel, I’m pro-Palestine,” Gross posted on the Woke Kindergarten Instagram account on Saturday.

‘I believe Israel has no right to exist. I believe the United States has no right to exist’ they explained.

‘These people keep coming for me. I am pro humanity’ they added.

Some Glassbrook teachers, including Tiger Craven-Neelley, have raised concerns about the program and the use of the funds designed to help some of the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

Craven-Neely, a white gay man, told the Chronicle he was banned from Woke Kindergarten training sessions because he dared to ask an unidentified trainer from the program what it meant to ‘disrupt whiteness’ after being described as one of the program’s primary objectives are listed.

The teacher said he interviewed a coach who used the phrase “so-called United States,” as well as lessons available on the organization’s website that “Lil’ Comrade Convos” or “wonders” about a world without police, money or owners offer.

“I just want to know, what does that mean for a third grade classroom?” he told the Chronicle.

Wake Kindergarten’ had many good things. I think race needs to be addressed. Children need to be aware if they are being discriminated against,’ explained Craven-Neely.

“But as a Hayward Unified teacher, I don’t need to get on the bandwagon to defund the police or insult our country,” he added.

“It slowly became very clear if you were a disapproving voice that that’s not what they wanted to hear,” another teacher told the publication.

“Our reading scores are low,” they said.

Reimann said Woke Kindergarten was not hired to improve literacy and math scores, but that

Reimann said Woke Kindergarten was not hired to improve literacy and math scores, but that “helping students feel safe and whole is part of academic achievement.”

The company recently posted a 'Free Palestine' infographic for children on its Instagram

The company recently posted a ‘Free Palestine’ infographic for children on its Instagram

Gross and Woke Kindergarten previously made headlines when a school district in Virginia posted and then deleted information on its website telling students to listen to an audiobook by Gross that suggested they should not feel safe around the police

Gross and Woke Kindergarten previously made headlines when a school district in Virginia posted and then deleted information on its website telling students to listen to an audiobook by Gross that suggested they should not feel safe around the police

Gross regularly shares her thoughts on topics such as Islamophobia on social media

Gross regularly shares her thoughts on topics such as Islamophobia on social media

Craven-Neelley questioned lessons available on the organization's website that offer 'Lil' Comrade Convos' or 'wonders' about a world without police, money or landlords

Craven-Neelley questioned lessons available on the organization’s website that offer ‘Lil’ Comrade Convos’ or ‘wonders’ about a world without police, money or landlords

Adds: ‘It could have gotten us a reading interventionist.’

Hayward Superintendent Jason Reimann defended the school’s decision to hire Woke Kindergarten, telling the Chronicle that parents, teachers and staff identified the provider as a way to boost student achievement by improving attendance.

“We are 100% in favor of abolishing systems of oppression where they hold our students back,” he said.

‘What I do believe is that we should choose suppliers based on their work and how effective they are.’

Reimann said Woke Kindergarten was not set up to improve literacy and math scores, but that ‘helping students feel safe and whole is part of academic achievement’.

“I understand that this is more money than we would have liked to spend,” he conceded.

Gross and Woke Kindergarten previously made headlines when a school district in Virginia posted and then deleted information on its website telling students to listen to an audiobook by Gross that suggested they should not feel safe around the police.

Among recommended readings, writing goals and school standards on Fairfax Community Public Schools’ (FCPS) website, they listed Woke Kindergarten’s audiobook Safe as a summer resource for second graders ahead of the 2021-2022 school year.

A video of the audiobook began with Gross’ narration saying ‘we all deserve to feel safe.’

Towards the end of the video, they said: ‘I feel safe when there are no police.’