Oakland Education Roundup from November 17th

Reviewing all the news on Oakland Education and beyond, this week–several pieces looking at the OUSD budget crisis, a community survey on North Oakland schools, a scary legislative proposal, the Latinx achievement gap, a look a how CA serves homeless children, open enrollment time is now for families choosing a school for next year, opportunities for youth and ways you can help and get involved in Oakland education, please read and share

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Contents-Oakland

Opinion: Strong leadership needed to fix Oakland school finances

How Moving Towards Common Enrollment Hurt My Schools, and Why I Want to Move Even Further

College Bound Brotherhood releases new report on increasing opportunities for young black men

Connecting with Kyla – Detail Page

Oakland schools are millions in the hole — yet again

A look at a community survey on North Oakland schools from Jody London’s newsletter

Quick Budget Adjustment Update

CRPE released their city report on Oakland

Oakland girls shine spotlight on sexual harassment and school board revamps its policy

What the Hell is Wrong with Alameda; BLM Signs Are Banned while Bias Persists

Consulting Firm Will Make Recommendation on School Closings

Oakland students look to local manufacturers for career ideas

Oakland schools face harsh cuts as another budget crisis hits

For Oakland youth and Families

Radio and Podcasting Class for Youth from KALW and EOYDC
Free Flu Vaccine Available For All Participating Oakland Elementary Schools

The GIRL Project Shine Workshop

Now is the time to find and apply to the right school for your child!

African American Female Excellence Girls Student Leadership Council Application

 Best of the Rest

California proposal: No kids? Then don’t pay school taxes

Could California’s Next Governor Finally End For-Profit Charter Schools in California?

California at bottom in nationwide ranking of accountability systems; state board president disagrees

LAUSD is poised to join a big push to get more per-pupil money from the state. But where is California ranked, really?

California Leads the Way Teaching LGBT History to Schoolchildren

Understanding how California serves its homeless children: a quick guide

California’s school war flares up on three fronts

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students is ‘hurting their future’ – The Hechinger Report

Latino Students in California Face Large Inequities Compared to White Peers

 Educator Opportunities

 Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  

12/9 School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

 How you can help

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire

Support students with Listening Tools

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots 

Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman

Click here to support Help Heroes Lay Their Mother To Rest organized by Areli Coach Si

Document Camera Gives Access to Reading Strategies | DonorsChoose.org project by Ms. Strayve

 Oakland

Opinion: Strong leadership needed to fix Oakland school finances – The state and Alameda County Office of Education have made clear that significant changes must made to avoid state receivership.

How Moving Towards Common Enrollment Hurt My Schools, and Why I Want to Move Even Further – It was a hard board meeting, we are under enrolled, our test scores are mixed and somewhat flat, our special education costs are ballooning, non-essentials—like food at meetings–have been eliminated. And I am hungry. It’s a long meeting. Our staff have been working their butts off, and our test scores 

College Bound Brotherhood releases new report on increasing opportunities for young black men – College Bound Brotherhood has issued a new report on the importance of culturally relevant curriculum, scholarships, networking, and mentorship.

Connecting with Kyla – Detail Page

Oakland schools are millions in the hole — yet again – Changing a culture is hard to do. But until the Oakland Unified School District drastically shifts the way it operates internally, the district will be mired in an interminable financial crisis. The most recent penny-pinching emergency is a $15.1million deficit. 

A look at a community survey on North Oakland schools from Jody London’s newsletter. 

Quick Budget Adjustment Update  – Quick Budget Adjustment Update Marc Tafolla | November 14, 2017 There is a lot of information coming out about the OUSD budget. Here is a quick update with (1) Board of Education’s midyear adjustment resolution.

CRPE released their city report on Oakland -“In 2015, on average, 4% of low-income students in Oakland outperformed their more advantaged peers in math, nationally. 2% of low-income students outperformed their more advantaged peers in reading.”

Oakland girls shine spotlight on sexual harassment and school board revamps its policy  – “I’m very happy. I feel like all my hard work, and everything we collaborated on together, has paid off.”

Consulting Firm Will Make Recommendation on School Closings – Former Superintendent Antwan Wilson’s administration, paid $2.3 million to a multinational company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, to develop a new facilities master plan, which would include proposals or “options” for closing or moving schools in different parts of Oakland.

Oakland students look to local manufacturers for career ideas – Oakland students get a first-hand look at job possibilities in manufacturing.

Oakland schools face harsh cuts as another budget crisis hits – The budget crisis in the Oakland schools has reached a critical level, with the situation so desperate that top-level administrators are voluntarily giving back.

For Youth and Families

Free Flu Vaccine Available For All Participating Oakland Elementary Schools. Shoo the Flu program will return this fall for teachers and students at elementary schools throughout Oakland.

Radio and Podcasting Class for Youth from KALW and EOYDC – Calling all East Oakland Youth 14-18! Tell a story you care about, in your own voice– take the Radio and Podcasting class from KALW and EOYDC.

The GIRL Project Shine Workshop began on 10/11 free for girls ages 11-14 living in the San Antonio district of Oakland. Come on down after school dismissal for art and dance classes. Food and homework support available throughout the session Workshops will be held every Wednesday from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM through December 13. Doors open at 1:00 PM. Eastside Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606 Questions? Please contact Shaunnah Ray

Back to the Roots of the Charter School Movement As a longtime believer in the possibility of charter schools, the so-called “charter movement” has been a disappointment. 

Will your child be entering TK, K, 6th or 9th grade next school year? Or is your family interested in other OUSD options? Now is the time to find and apply to the right school for your child!

African American Female Excellence Girls Student Leadership Council Application – African American Female Excellence is now accepting applications for their Girls Student Leadership Council. The Girls Student Leadership Council focuses on teaching girls about the significance and importance of being leaders in their community

Best of the Res

California proposal: No kids? Then don’t pay school taxes – A California man has proposed a ballot measure to exempt residents who don’t have kids in state public schools from paying the taxes to fund them.

What the Hell is Wrong with Alameda; BLM Signs Are Banned while Bias Persists – Black Lives Matter signs are barred in Alameda schools but anti-Semitism is no big thing. That was the take away from two stories last week that highlighted.

Could California’s Next Governor Finally End For-Profit Charter Schools in California?  – If California’s next governor really wants to support public education, then he or she may need to do something that hasn’t been done in 25 years: Get rid of California’s for-profit charter schools. Why? For-profit charter schools haven’t increased learning and tend to be scandal-ridden, as evidence.

California at bottom in nationwide ranking of accountability systems; state board president disagrees – Fordham Institute gives high fives to what California dislikes: grading schools A to F with heavy weight for test scores.

LAUSD is poised to join a big push to get more per-pupil money from the state. But where is California ranked, really? We’re No. 46! No, we’re 41! Or is it 37? How California ranks on per-pupil spending is a numbers game that most everyone believes the state is losing compared to the rest of the country. LA Unified school board members will decide on Tuesday if they will join the local teachers union in a call.

California Leads the Way Teaching LGBT History to Schoolchildren – California has approved 10 textbooks for use in K-8 classrooms that include covering the contributions of LGBT people to American history. Cue predictable outrage.

Understanding how California serves its homeless children: a quick guide – Federal law guarantees homeless children a right to an education, regardless of where they’re living.

California’s school war flares up on three fronts – California’s school battle shows no signs of abating, and will heat up more in 2018 when a new state superintendent of instruction is elected.

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students is ‘hurting their future’ – The Hechinger Report – This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Read the whole series, “Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here.

Latino Students in California Face Large Inequities Compared to White Peers – Some of the counties with the largest achievement gaps are clustered in the Bay Area and around Los Angeles.

Opportunities/Funding for Educators 

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. Take BART to the Exploratorium and get free admission for your class, plus free round-trip BART tickets. Register at exploratorium.edu/BART or email [email protected]

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  Apply for Oakland’s new street mural program from September 19th – November 30th.  This pilot program allows community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads.  Make sure to come to an application clinic hosted at an Oakland Public Library, where community members can learn about the program and receive assistance on applications.  Attending a clinic is not required to apply but they encourage you to come!  The dates and locations of the clinics are available on the website.  If you have more questions, email and visit the website for all application materials.

12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.

12/16 – West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public · Hosted by Enroll Oakland Charters

Oakland families are invited to learn more about their public school options. There will be:
* School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High schools) – Visit with school principals, teachers and families
* Enrollment Booths – Explore and compare public schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your online application and/or enroll online.
* Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations.

 How you can help

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here! The East Bay College Fund, which is currently supporting 800 Oakland scholars in college, is excited to begin recruiting Mentors for the 2018/19 Scholar year! College is definitely challenging, but it can be made easier with the support and advice of someone who has been there before. Every young person needs supportive relationships in order to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. Mentoring is a powerful way to help the next generation succeed! East Bay College Fund’s next Mentor Information Sessions will be on the following dates: Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, December 14th from 6 – 8 p.m. For more information about upcoming mentor information sessions please contact Volunteer Manager, Lena Ringstrom, at [email protected]

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire. Huber was an Education for Change student, and is now an Education for Change teacher in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. He and his family represent Oakland at its best, and in the early hours of Friday, September 8th, they awoke to their home on fire. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but you can imagine the pain, stress, frustration, and anger in seeing your family home on fire. We are asking that you donate whatever you can to help Huber and his family respond to this loss quickly so that he can resume the job he loves and support his family. Help spread the word!

 Support students with Listening Tools – A strong listening center is much needed in all elementary school classrooms. The stacks of CD’s and cassettes on a day to day for engagement, enrichment in both love for learning and academic standards. My students need a protected space with a CD player and timers to listen, learn and be heard.  Be the first to donate | $484 still needed, Ms. Semana Aspire College Academy, Oakland CA

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots at Oakland Sol. This is the second phase of our great robot adventure, where students experiment with engineering concepts and coding practice, as well as learning about the design phases of a technical project. My students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed… Give to Mr. Davis

Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman-Lazear is raising money to buy books for students! Our 3rd-8th graders are implementing a new literature curriculum where students learn to read and annotate in their books.

Click here to support Help Heroes Lay Their Mother To Rest organized by Areli Coach Si – Last week two of our heroes ( students ) Deyanira (8th) Ana (6th) lost their mother Fabiola Leal while giving birth to twins.

Document Camera Gives Access to Reading Strategies | DonorsChoose.org project by Ms. Strayve – My students need help implementing reading strategies by me showing my students how I annotate text, and this can be done via this doc cam compatible with my set up. My students are all Newcomers.

How Moving Towards Common Enrollment Hurt My Schools, and Why I Want to Move Even Further

It was a hard board meeting, we are under enrolled, our test scores are mixed and somewhat flat, our special education costs are ballooning, non-essentials—like food at meetings–have been eliminated.   And I am hungry.

It’s a long meeting.   Our staff have been working their butts off, and our test scores are relatively good for the neighborhood, but not nearly good enough, and one school is really struggling.

My stomach is rumbling, my head is hurting, and I worry whether we are doing enough for our students, I know we aren’t, and we are in a budget crisis.

A significant factor in our budget crisis is declining enrollment and part of that is because we participated in the charter school common application, but I would do it again.

In a heartbeat.

Schools may lose as parents win and that is OK

The charter school common application was the Oakland charter sector’s first step towards common enrollment.  Almost all charters joined in an effort to let families apply to schools with one online application. In the old system families had to shlep to individual schools and fill out duplicative applications for each one.

This was easy for schools but not for families, and personally I think it created an atmosphere where some schools could engage in mischief, making school choice in some cases about schools choosing families rather than families choosing schools.

The new system is good for families, not so much for schools, at least not yet.  I think it could be, as schools and families start to match programmatically more.  But we aren’t there yet.  And my schools are feeling it.

All that said, I still support the common application, and want to push the idea further, and I think the average family does too.

Different Board Same Problems

I sit on the board of Education for Change (EFC), we are a network of Oakland public charter schools, serving roughly 3,000 Flatland kids.  Our schools are mostly conversions from the small schools movement.  We are neighborhood schools, and over-represent the more challenged students of Oakland.  We view ourselves as partners with the district in serving the students of Oakland, and we pushed the charter school common application.

But we are feeling it in the pocketbook, as are many charters.  We are community schools, roughly 90% of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch and 61.3% of our students are English learners, and 4% of our parents have college degrees.  For those who critique all charters for creaming students, you need to look elsewhere.

Throw any OUSD school above the 580 up there and argue that school is more “public” than our schools are.  Comparing us to OUSD as of the 2016 data 30.8% of students were English learners and 72.5% were low income in the district.

A new system and a different result

While our roster was full in the Summer, we started the year 200 students down.  That’s over 2 million dollars in lost revenue.  School sites faced cut, positions were not filled, non-essential expenditures (like food) were zeroed out, and everyone is feeling it.  Thankfully the hustling of staff has increased our enrollment, but we are still hurting.

When I was in NYC we did a common application, the same thing happened, parents gamed the system—they would apply to multiple schools and accept multiple offers, or hover on one school’s roster as they waited for a waitlist spot to open at their top choice.  So I had seen this pattern before.

I ain’t mad at them

You gotta hustle for yours, too often the schools are the choosers and they are gaming the parents, now the tables are turned, and we have to work harder to convince at least a subset of mobile parents to attend our schools.  And I guess that’s OK.  Though I wish more of our underserved parents were playing the game.

And when I look at our EFC schools, there is a correlation with “quality” and enrollment.  We are doubling down on the school that has struggled the most academically.  That school has also struggled with enrollment.

But if we can’t get our act together that school will likely be closed by the district in renewal or by our own board.  I have every hope for the school.  I volunteered there for a year and loved it, but saw the very real struggles.

And that is the accountability we signed up for.

Choosers and losers

There still are big issues in who is choosing and who is not, and the actual access to quality seats, for our most underserved families.  But the common application is a step forward for families.  They want a second step now and we should think hard about a third one.

The number one question that we heard from families during enrollment was why they have to fill out an application for the district schools and a separate one for the charters.  It’s the same information but they have to enter it into two systems.

The average Flatlands family, who may not be satisfied with their neighborhood school, just wants the best for their child and couldn’t care less if it’s a charter or a district school so long as it’s a good school and their child is treated fairly.

They want a broader common enrollment that unites the charter and district schools.  In fact in the district’s own survey 73% of respondents wanted one application.

I think we also need a third step though, where we provide preferences at high performing over-subscribed schools to underserved families.  This has started some in the charter sector (which I will write about), but we need a more systematic effort.

And believe me, I get it when people complain that making it easier for families makes it harder for schools and systems.  I am living that.  But why are those schools and systems even there if not to serve the families?

That’s a good question.

I hope we really listen to the families that need access to better schools in answering it.

Could California’s Next Governor Finally End For-Profit Charter Schools in California?  I Hope So.

If California’s next governor really wants to support public education, then he or she may need to do something that hasn’t been done in 25 years: Get rid of California’s for-profit charter schools. Why?

For-profit charter schools haven’t increased learning and tend to be scandal-ridden, as evidenced by yet another scam detailed below.  While there are only a half-dozen such charters in California, that’s still too many.  There is no profit to skim on the California’s school funding without taking away from students.  And, while it would be easy enough to end the few relationships between nonprofit charters and their for-profit management companies, politics, so far, has killed those efforts.

But first, to the latest atrocity as described by Edsource

As a result of a just released state audit, the California Department of Education says a network of virtual charter schools must refund nearly $2 million in improperly used state funds that were intended for implementation of the Common Core standards in English and math.

Sadly, this was actually the second time the state  investigated the charter.

Kamala Harris, then attorney general, last year sued the charter group’s national partner, K12 Inc. of Herndon, Virginia, over alleged violations of California’s false claims, false advertising and unfair competition laws. In that settlement, K12 agreed to provide $160 million to the schools it manages, which had incurred large debts through K12’s fee structure, and to pay $8.5 million to settle all claims.

 Auditors found that the group overpaid supervisory fees to the school districts that chartered its schools — amounting to $1.2 million in the two years it reviewed. The investigators also flagged $2 million in improper accounting of Common Core funds in 2014-15.

And let’s look at some of the educational outcomes, or lack thereof, produced by CAVA, again from Edsource:

A 2016 Bay Area News Group investigation of California Virtual Academies found that fewer than half of its high schoolers earned diplomas, and almost none were qualified to attend the state’s public universities.

 This newspaper also found that the online schools’ teachers were asked to inflate attendance and enrollment records. The lucrative online school model earned K12 more than $310 million in California public funding in 12 years, and also enriched sponsoring school districts, which were paid a cut of state funds.

When it comes to for-profit charters in California, there is enough evidence to say first, that they aren’t helping kids learn and generally seem to be hurting them, and second, their conflicts of interest around making money, are at odds with the investment in children.

So why are for-profits in California even a thing?

I half figured for some strange reason, that the California Charter School Association (CCSA) might be blocking legislation to regulate for-profit charters. Who else could possibly be behind it? So, I reached out. I was wrong.

Last Spring, Sen. Steve Glazer introduced Senate Bill 806 to create boundaries between the nonprofit charters and the negative influence that could come from their for-profit management companies. The bill would also force charters to comply with existing open meeting and open record laws.  CCSA supported this bill.

So why didn’t it pass?

Surprisingly, it’s a competing measure in the Assembly, AB1478, that supports 90 percent of Senate Bill 806. Basically, it comes down to a technical issue, which of several conflict-of-interest laws apply to charters.  This article explains the distinctions pretty clearly by summarizing the current situation.

But like many education issues in Sacramento, this one has gotten tied up in the political clash between pro-charter school groups and teachers’ unions; both sides would prefer to resolve the ambiguity in different ways…

 While most charter schools in California are, in fact, run by nonprofit organizations, SB 806 would also ban the relatively small number of charter schools that are run as for-profit operations.

 For all their differences, both AB 1478 and SB 806 essentially clarify that charter schools are subject to the Political Reform Act as well as to laws requiring open public records and open government meetings.”

 AB 1478 has yet to come up for a vote on the Assembly floor. SB 806 is still in the committee process.

Beyond politics

The families, children and taxpayers of California deserve more. We should all be able to at least agree on the half loaf of banning for-profit charter school operators and the need for transparency requirements. If we need to figure out the specifics of conflict of interest later, so be it. That said, we should be putting ethical pressure on schools to adopt the higher standards themselves.

This should be an easy one. Why can’t the charter association, the unions and our legislators get together and fix it? Do they just need someone to bring everyone to the table? Maybe, someone like a governor?

I can’t give you one good reason as to why they can’t get it together. But, I can point to at least four people who may be able to help.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, State Treasurer John Chiang and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin are all running for governor and they all seem to agree that for-profit charters are no good for California kids.

So while, politics may have gotten in the way before, perhaps the right politician can make a way.

What the Hell is Wrong with Alameda; BLM Signs Are Banned while Bias Persists

Black Lives Matter signs are barred in Alameda schools but anti-Semitism is no big thing.  That was the take away from two stories last week that highlighted the troubling realities of the supposed idyllic hamlet of Alameda.

Yes, you heard that right, on the one hand there is a story about “Black Lives Matters” signs being barred from common areas in schools, and on the other one, a litany of bias incidents, which according to one of the victims’ fathers, the district is not taking seriously enough.

Alameda Unified has a serious problem with priorities, and it also has a serious problem with bias.  When I googled the latest incident a whole string of hits came up from the last year, a noose at the high school, “Mr. Clean” being used to represent ethnic cleansing and being sent to Jewish students,  hateful anti-Muslim flyers, and vandals breaking out windows in a synagogue, and if I dug, I am sure there would be more.  These stories are not coincidental.

“Black Lives Matter” is controversial?

To me, and most rational people, a sticker or sign that says “Black Lives Matter” is a truism, it’s not denigrating anybody else’s lives, and it should not provoke controversy.  I guess unless you disagree—a.k.a. Black lives don’t matter.

But in Alameda it seems things are different.

So here’s the story from the East Bay Times

a parent in the Alameda district, learned of the ban from another parent after officials removed Black Lives Matter signs from a common area at Maya Lin Elementary School, according to the ACLU.

Lewis contacted McPhetridge (the superintendent), who cited a school board policy that says “the superintendent, principal or designee shall not accept for distribution any materials or advertisements that … proselytize or position the district on any side of a controversial issue.”

Wonder if they will ban Dr. King’s birthday as a holiday next?

Some crackers find that controversial too.

But I digress.

I know this ban won’t hold up in court, and it definitively shouldn’t hold up in the court of public opinion, especially when you have real bias and culture issues that you should be addressing rather than these reactionary fake ones.

The district claims that ‘Everyone Belongs Here,’

As Black Lives Matter signs are removed, you have a seemingly hostile climate for racial and religious minorities that continues to rear its ugly head.  While this study looks at older historical data, Alameda was the 8th most racist city in California based on Klan membership.  So again let’s not whitewash this, Alameda has a history and that history is not dead.

From the latest incident involving a Jewish student,

An image of the advertising logo Mr. Clean in a Nazi uniform with “Mr. Ethnic Cleansing” added in bright red letters also appeared on the 14-year-old’s phone. Natasha, who is Jewish, was told in another text that Hitler’s biggest mistake was not killing her family. The texts were allegedly sent by fellow students.

The district claims that ‘Everyone Belongs Here,’ ” Waldorf (the father) said. “Yet everything about the way (McPhetridge) handled the threats against our daughter since he first learned about them — nine months ago — suggests that, to the contrary, Jew-hatred is quite acceptable and will be tolerated.”

The Children are watching

So Alameda, please get it together, removing signs that promote tolerance/social justice, while seemingly tolerating bias is a bad look, and it’s a bad act.

If our students see us standing up for what is right and modeling the world we want to see, they will follow.  If they see us sitting silently, while undercurrents of bias continue to flow, they also get that message loud and clear, and they are watching when we take down Black Lives Matter signs.

Based on the history and continuing bias incidents in Alameda, we have a lot of work to do.

And none of it involves removing Black Lives Matters signs, in fact maybe why we need those signs in the first place should be part of the curriculum.  That would be a lesson worth teaching, and one obviously sorely needed.

What’s Happening in Oakland Education the Week of November 13th

Everything Oakland education– Open enrollment has started for next school year, choose the best school for your child, Board meetings, the Office of Equity updates of Latinx and API achievement, Mills looks at the conditions for adult learning, education for liberation, undoing racism, opportunities to help educators and to get involved in Oakland education please read and share

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This Week 

Open enrollment for charter and district schools for 2018 has begun, find the best school for your child

11/13 Meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

11/13 Measures A, B, and J Independent Citizens’ School Facilities Bond Committee

11/14 LATINO/A STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

11/14 Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission

11/14 Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning

11/14 PVO Benefit Dinner at Sheba Ethiopian

11/14 ACOE Board Meeting

11/15 Education for Liberation

11/16 ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT11/16 Meeting of the District English Language Learners’ Sub-Committee
11/16 Measure N – College and Career Readiness Commission

11/16 Local Control and Accountabilty Plan (LCAP) English Learner (EL) Parent Sub-Committee

11/17 Board of Education

11/17 Undoing Racism Workshop for IBPOC

11/18 Oakland Community Block Party

11/18 ( Youth Empowerment Summit) YES 2017 Registration | Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network

Further Out

11/28 Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee

11/30 Designing Making Experiences

11/30 OPEN MAKER BAR HOURS: PLANNING FOR SPRING SEMESTER

11/30-1/9 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities

Opportunities / Funding for Educators

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  

12/9 School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

How you can help

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire

Support students with Listening Tools

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots 

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food

Oakland Ed Fund’s winter coat drive for newcomers

This Week

Open Enrollment for the 2018 school year has started for both the OUSD district schools and public charter schools, you can see the portals and school finders here and can apply to your choice of district or charter schools, there are more choices than ever and its more important than ever that families find the right school for their child.

For the OUSD schools- Families can also find most relevant information on the OUSD website, www.ousd.org/enroll. There is information about how to apply, when schools are having open houses, where and when upcoming enrollment fairs are happening and details on the District’s Student Welcome Centers.

Those Welcome Centers are Lakeview at 746 Grand Avenue and East Oakland at 1125 69th Avenue. All are welcome to visit. You can also reach the OUSD Welcome Center by calling 510-879-4600 or emailing [email protected].

For Charters

11/13 5:30PM – Community Advisory Committee-Programs for Exceptional Children Library – Acorn Woodland Elementary School – 1025 81st Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621 Meeting detail

11/13 6:30PMMeasures A, B, and J Independent Citizens’ School Facilities Bond Oversight Committee KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Meeting details

11/14 3:00PM – Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Meeting details

11/14 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM- LATINO/A STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Fremont High School 4610 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601 Join us for the Latino/a Student Achievement Community Update event. OUSD Office of Equity’s Latino/a Student Achievement (LSA) Initiative will be sharing preliminary findings, recommendations and action steps from their listening campaign. We’ll discuss Latino/a student and family engagement, access to quality preschool, English language learner reclassification, Central American student and family support, and Latino/a educator recruitment and retention. We thank all of our LSA community partners for their continued support throughout the listening campaign process. REGISTER

11/14 5PM  –PVO Benefit Dinner at Sheba Ethiopian 375 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612 Come eat delicious food and support Parent Voices at the same time! 25% of proceeds go directly to supporting PVO. This is a fun and tasty way to support our efforts to bring affordable child care to every family in Oakland. 

11/14 6:30PM – ACOE Board Meeting Regular meetings of the Board are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward. Any exceptions to the regular schedule are announced through the ACOE website.

11/14– Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning Workshop More information coming soon on this day-long workshop at Mills College for principals, coaches, and other school and district leaders. Focus will be on how to create the conditions that support high-quality teacher learning that leads to improvement in instructional practice.  Stay tuned for additional details about how to register for this professional learning opportunity.

11/15 7:00PM-9:00PM – Education for Liberation. The Greenlining Institute 360 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612Education for Liberation: The Role of Political Education in the PAIGC’s Struggle for Independence and the Lessons for Today. Center for Political Education and LeftRoots are proud to host a conversation with thinker and activist Sónia Vaz Borges. Sónia, who is of Cape Verdean descent, is a leading scholar on the education programs at the core of Amilcar Cabral’s national liberation struggle in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau during the 1960s and 70s. Sónia will help us develop a useful understanding of what militant education is, how it worked in the international struggle against colonialism in Africa, and its lessons for movement building today.

11/16 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Roosevelt Middle School Gym 1926 E. 19th St., Oakland, CA 94606 Join us in celebrating the founding of the OUSD Office of Equity Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement (APISA) Initiative, APISA’s 2017 Youth-led Participatory Research Team, and APISA’s Collaborative and community leaders. The APISA Student Research Team will report out on API students’ needs, share best practices and solutions across OUSD, and honor community leaders who are lifting up our API students. We invite families, students, staff and community members to join us! REGISTER

11/16 1:00PM – Measure N – College and Career Readiness Commission Suite 300-Jack London Conference Room, 1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 (Special Meeting – Retreat) Meeting details

11/16 5:00PM – Local Control and Accountabilty Plan (LCAP) English Learner (EL) Parent Sub-Committee Global Family – 2035 40th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601 Meeting details

11/17 9:00AM – Board of Education KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Special Meeting Meeting details

11/17-1/19 Undoing Racism Workshop for IBPOC UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP for
Artists, Activists, & Educators who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or of Color
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17– SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017 (Must attend all 3 days.) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 10, 2017
Full 2 ½ Day Workshop:
(Fri. 6pm-9pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm) Location: The Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland CA 94612 …
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. This workshop utilizes a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

11/18 12PM – 5PM Oakland Community Block PartyThe California Endowment recently opened the doors to its permanent Oakland office! We are proud to be a permanent fixture of the vibrant Oakland community, and to join in partnership with the many leaders, residents, artists, youth, and organizations advancing health and justice for all. Join us as we celebrate our grand opening with a community block party! We are shutting down Franklin Street (between 20th & 21st) for an exciting afternoon full of Oakland’s finest in music, art and cuisine! Featuring live must see performances, a family health fair, local Oakland market place, and interactive art exhibits by EastSide Arts Alliance, Alena Museum and The Scraper Bike Team.

11/18 ( Youth Empowerment Summit) YES 2017 Registration | Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network-The 13th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led.will be held Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at Mission High School, located at 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Further Out

11/28 5:30-7:30 pm – Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee Parker Elementary, 7929 Ney Ave, Oakland, CA 94605

11/30 Designing Making Experiences  The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is offering a two-day intensive workshop for educators eager to integrate making in school into their own practice.  Spend two days planning a K-12 making project or unit of your choice and leave with a project example made by you. While being immersed in a making environment, you will make and develop, test and troubleshoot the making curriculum or project of your choice for your K-12 classroom or school.

11/30 OPEN MAKER BAR HOURS: PLANNING FOR SPRING SEMESTER At Peralta Hacienda “Every Human Being Makes History!” From 11/11-11/13, StoryCorps will be in residence at the Hacienda to preserve your personal histories involving immigration and/or DACA/DAPA, and contribute to the preservation of both museum and community heritage. If you would like to participate please contact us.

11/30-1/9 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.

Tours are at 10:15, require an RSVP and are on the following dates:
Thursday, November 30
Tuesday, December 5
Wednesday, December 13
Monday, December 18
Tuesday, January 9

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public · Hosted by Enroll Oakland Charters Oakland families are invited to learn more about their public school options. There will be:
* School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High schools) – Visit with school principals, teachers and families

* Enrollment Booths – Explore and compare public schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your online application and/or enroll online.

* Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations.

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining CommunitiesBEO Leading Voices presents “Sustaining Community for Our Future” a fireside chat with a group of our community’s most brilliant thought leaders sharing visionary insights in response to the massive migration of black people moving out of California, with a particular focus on the Bay Area. With gentrification, incarceration, lack of jobs rapidly growing, ideals to sustain our community is vital for us to envision how we are to support our families, grow neighborhoods, and build innovative businesses with emerging opportunities, industries and technologies. Join Us!

Opportunities/Funding for educators

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. Take BART to the Exploratorium and get free admission for your class, plus free round-trip BART tickets. Register at exploratorium.edu/BART or email [email protected]

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  Apply for Oakland’s new street mural programfrom September 19th – November 30th.  This pilot program allows community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads.  Make sure to come to an application clinic hosted at an Oakland Public Library, where community members can learn about the program and receive assistance on applications.  Attending a clinic is not required to apply but they encourage you to come!  The dates and locations of the clinics are available on the website.  If you have more questions, email and visit the website for all application materials.

12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.

12/16 – West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public · Hosted by Enroll Oakland Charters

Oakland families are invited to learn more about their public school options. There will be:
* School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High schools) – Visit with school principals, teachers and families
* Enrollment Booths – Explore and compare public schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your online application and/or enroll online.
* Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations.

How you can help

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here! The East Bay College Fund, which is currently supporting 800 Oakland scholars in college, is excited to begin recruiting Mentors for the 2018/19 Scholar year! College is definitely challenging, but it can be made easier with the support and advice of someone who has been there before. Every young person needs supportive relationships in order to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. Mentoring is a powerful way to help the next generation succeed! East Bay College Fund’s next Mentor Information Sessions will be on the following dates:Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Thursday, December 14th from 6 – 8 p.m.For more information about upcoming mentor information sessions please contact Volunteer Manager, Lena Ringstrom, at [email protected]

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire. Huber was an Education for Change student, and is now an Education for Change teacher in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. He and his family represent Oakland at its best, and in the early hours of Friday, September 8th, they awoke to their home on fire. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but you can imagine the pain, stress, frustration, and anger in seeing your family home on fire. We are asking that you donate whatever you can to help Huber and his family respond to this loss quickly so that he can resume the job he loves and support his family. Help spread the word!

Support students with Listening Tools – A strong listening center is much needed in all elementary school classrooms. The stacks of CD’s and cassettes on a day to day for engagement, enrichment in both love for learning and academic standards. My students need a protected space with a CD player and timers to listen, learn and be heard.  Be the first to donate | $484 still needed, Ms. Semana Aspire College Academy, Oakland CA

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots at Oakland Sol. This is the second phase of our great robot adventure, where students experiment with engineering concepts and coding practice, as well as learning about the design phases of a technical project. My students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed… Give to Mr. Davis

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food Bank Alameda County Community Food Bank 7900 Edgewater Dr Oakland, 94621.  Harvest Season has begun!  Truckloads of fresh produce that need to be sorted and bagged are coming in daily.  Helping hands are urgently needed in October to ensure that the large quantities of incoming produce get out the door — and into the community!  To find out more about dates or to register for a shift, go here.  If you have a group of 5 or more, please go to Weekday Group Volunteering.  Information about other Food Bank volunteer opportunities.

Oakland Ed Fund’s winter coat drive for newcomersAn $18 donation can buy a new coat–In 2015, we were inspired to organize our first newcomer coat drive by Guatemalan 1st-grader Henry, who showed up to school soaking wet and told his teacher, “I want to learn. The rain cannot stop me.” Oakland public schools continue to welcome a growing number of recent immigrant students, many of whom are refugees and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in their countries of origin. They face so many challenges, but a warm coat doesn’t have to be one of them: just $18 can buy a winter coat that will keep a newcomer warm, dry, and better prepared to focus on learning. With your support, we’re aiming to purchase 300 coats this year. Simply click the “Donate” button below, tell us how many coats you’d like to donate, and enter your payment info. We’ll take care of delivering the coats to students who need them most.