Taking Action in Black History Month-Support Albert

The more I meet our young people, the more I am impressed.  Despite challenges, we grow champions, but even champions may need a lift from the village.  And I hope you will support this young man’s GoFundMe page and send him on the trip of a lifetime. Meet Albert, an 11th grade honor student, who happens … Continue reading Taking Action in Black History Month-Support Albert


How OUSD Can Thrive Amidst the Enrollment Challenges

Declining enrollment in Oakland Unified is a current fact.  The District was 1000 or so students below estimates this year and projects to lose several hundred more students next year.  Declining enrollment means declining revenue, and declining revenue usually means declining programs.  There are a couple of ways out of this conundrum, and also some … Continue reading How OUSD Can Thrive Amidst the Enrollment Challenges


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program 2017

A crosspost from our sisters at La Comadre by Adriana Martinez -there is a Bay Area Academy too. JOIN ME in encouraging girls, especially girls of color from lower-income communities, to consider careers in Technology and STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math)! Whether they eventually choose to pursue careers in STEM or not, the time is NOW … Continue reading Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program 2017


#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

Here is a great guest post from North Oakland’s own Charles Cole III. Check out the story about his parents and why he works for better education for boys like himself. Recently, the story of my parents, Renate and Charles Cole, went viral after I tweeted on social media: “My parents went back to college … Continue reading #MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.


A Good Night in Oakland- A Community Forum on the Aspirations of Black Girls

African American girls and young women are finally beginning to get their due.  There is a palpable energy coalescing in Oakland.  I felt the pulse this week at the “Community Forum on the Aspirations of Black Girls” a packed house on a Tuesday night, listening to, and planning action around improving the schools for one … Continue reading A Good Night in Oakland- A Community Forum on the Aspirations of Black Girls