Oakland Education Roundup Week in Review 9/29

Looking back on everything Oakland education- the honor band takes a knee, test scores are out, what’s happening with the OUSD budget, a new “woke” parent group, meetings, opportunities for educators, and for you to help Oakland public schools, and more

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OUSD Honor Band takes a knee while playing National Anthem at A’s game. It’s been one year since the Oakland Unified Honor Band beat 99% of the nation’s adults to the punch in kneeling for the national anthem. Last year, they discussed their feelings, debated internally, talked with adults, and many chose to kneel, while some did not, as they played the anthem. This weekend Oakland Athletics Rookie Bruce Maxwell became the first major league baseball player to take a knee

The latest test score release showed relatively flat proficiency rates and immense achievement gaps GO Public Schools Oakland Statement on Delayed 2017 SBAC Results Point to Persistent Achievement Gap between different ethnic groups, staggeringly low numbers for English learners.

Woke Parents, the System’s Worst Nightmare – Great School Voices – Mama Williams graduated from an Oakland public high school with As and Bs, but she couldn’t read. This week she was organizing with nearly 100 other Oakland parents at DeFremery Park in West Oakland the goal was “breaking the cycle.”

School District Examines Causes of Financial Hardships. As the Oakland Unified School District closes its books for 2016 – 2017, staff is pinpointing some of the financial missteps that led to the district’s current fragile economic condition, where even relatively small over-expenditures could result in state takeover.

E-commerce company Art.com donated $20,000 to keep after-school arts program for a year. Donation saves after-school Oakland art program

GreatSchools: School Ratings and Reviews for Public and Private Schools. View parent ratings, reviews and test scores and choose the right preschool, elementary, middle or high school for public or private education.

Special Education Study Session: Quality Schools for Special Education was held on 9/25 at Howard Elementary school 

Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission held a meeting on 9/26, see meeting details here 

Foster Youth Advisory Committee met on 9/26, meeting details here

Sprint donated 3200 hotspots to students at Life Academy on 9/28. This donation will go a long way to helping our students master their homework and flourish as students.

OUSD Office of Equity held a reception on 9/26 where you could hear from Equity Directors, celebrate the growth of the Office of Equity, meet our new team members, and hear about our goals for the 2017-18 school year.

Oakland Public Education 101, the first of a six-part series, began on 9/26.Discussions included an introduction to the facts and forces that shape public education in Oakland. How did we get to where we are, and what is the fight about? 

Board of Education met on 9/27, check out the meeting details

Over the next several months OUSD leadership will making some big decisions about the future of our schools. The Blueprint for Quality Schools will help the district make decisions about: Changing school buildings, expanding, merging or closing schools, changing the way Central Office supports schools

OUSD hosted a series of Blueprint for Quality Schools meetings last week. If you weren’t able to join, you can still provide your input! Please complete an online survey by October 13 so that OUSD leadership can understand your priorities for our school sites over the next 5 years.

Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will mobilize Bay Area community members to transform our economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Restore Oakland is a joint initiative of the Ella Baker Center and ROC United, and we are working in partnership with Causa Justa: Just Cause, Community Works West, and Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), La Cocina, and other local organizations to realize our vision. The press event took place on 9/26 in Oakland.

Lighthouse Creativity Lab MS/HS gave a tour on 9/28; take a look at what was covered and more about the Lighthouse Creativity Lab and Lighthouse Community Public Schools,

California

How much do you know about bilingual education? Truths and misconceptions from the experts. Bilingual education is making a comeback in California, and one reason is research that proved its benefits, Latino education experts say. At a recent conference of Spanish-language journalists from across the country, panelists including a UCLA researcher laid out how far bilingual education has come

Opinion | California’s Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids. Harsh school discipline policies fall hardest on students of color.

California’s Smarter Balanced test results: Use with caution. School districts and parents already have their students’ scores, so why do we need statewide results on the Common Core-aligned test results?

Last week, charter school officials in Modesto faced the difficult question of how to discipline a 5-year-old for pretending to have a bomb in his backpack. Legislation pending before the governor would prohibit schools in the state preschool program from expelling an early learner for behavior issue except under specific circumstances. Pending bill would restrict suspensions of early learners: SI&A Cabinet Report: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet.

How Antonio Villaraigosa went from a union organizer to a union target. Villaraigosa launched his political career as a union organizer in LA. As mayor, he became one of labor’s biggest foes. 

California’s students stagnate on standardized tests — but the lowest scorers are improving. California students’ state standardized test scores were stagnant. A Times analysis looks at schools where the vast majority of students are failing.

Best of the Rest

One-third of Native American and African American children are (still) in poverty. Last week the Census Bureau released data on income, poverty, and health insurance, which showed a slight decline in the national poverty rate.

Salesforce Commits $50 Million and One Million Employee Volunteer Hours to Advance Computer Science Education in the United States. Salesforce.org to offer free software to every eligible public school in the nation. Since 1999, Salesforce and Salesforce.org have given $65 million and 175,000 volunteer hours toward education.

Betsy DeVos Viewed Unfavorably by 40 Percent of Voters, New Poll Says. DeVos got a higher share of strong disapproval than any other member of President Trump’s cabinet included in the survey.

For Educators

Although LearnStorm started on September 12, it’s not too late to sign up today so your students can experience the learning, fun, and celebration of LearnStorm.

School Retool Fellowship Application due October 15: Oakland Winter 2018 Cohort Educate78’s School Design Lab and the Rogers Family Foundation, in support and collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, are excited to announce a second Oakland-based School Retool. Cohort School Retool is open to school leaders in public schools throughout Oakland. We are seeking leaders who want to change the status quo of public education, are passionate about access to Deeper Learning for all students, are willing and ready to try out a new, immersive learning experience, and are committed to fully participating in the work of the fellowship. You can find more info here

How You Can Help

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

 

 

Woke Parents, the System’s Worst Nightmare

Mama Williams graduated from an Oakland public high school with A’s and B’s, but she couldn’t read.  This week she was organizing with nearly 100 other Oakland parents at DeFremery Park in West Oakland the goal was “breaking the cycle.”  You can see the video here.

They were part of the first class of an ambitious parent empowerment program, The Oakland REACH.  And it was invigorating to see parents, grandparents and great grandparents coming out to stand together for better schools and better access.  It’s an ambitious program, to actually listen to families and build an agenda around their needs.  And while many people talk parent empowerment most are not really living it.

Hopefully they are not “too ambitious”

There are a lot of hard truths to be told in Oakland, across the public education sectors.  Neither the charters nor the district are consistently delivering for our underserved families that really need high quality, responsive schools.  The numbers bear this out, but I don’t need numbers, I know the stories behind the numbers.  So do these parents.  They have lived the numbers.

And I have a sense that they will be unsparing in their attempt to turn over the system.  In this first meeting, I heard about special education, the tyranny of charter lotteries, and quality and responsiveness questions around charters and district schools.

Unlike the professionals, these parents were not focused on the political battles about public education sectors.  They were focused on getting real access to quality schools, and making their voices heard within those schools.

That is their strength but I hope it does not become their weakness.

Everyone says they want parent organizing but they don’t

Interest groups want parents as props.  They really don’t want them as leaders.  It’s a sad truth.  I have been in those meetings when some rich (usually) dude talks about activating parents with talking points and pizza.

But when those organized parents go off script and start voicing THEIR concerns, yeah not so much interest in funding that.  And if they are now organizing against jacked up practices in their own schools, or the charter sector more generally, yeah that’s a definite budget killer.

They make you pick sides in this game.  You can get funded by the unions, or the charter/choice folks, with very little room in between.  That is the tightrope the Oakland REACH is walking, but someone has to.

Honestly, it was more of a dance than a tightrope walk.  The event was a celebration of real stories and calls and response, and not a bent knee begging for change, but a demand.  A demand for those parents who struggle to play a rigged game with unwritten rules, who were dismissed, pushed out, and left feeling defeated by the system.  Where schools don’t believe in your child, coach them out, and cripple their futures.  They were failed by the system.   Though I would argue the system did not fail—it did what it is supposed to do, pick predictable winners and losers.  But they were not sitting quietly through the predictable outrages.

“Fired Up and Ready to Go”

They were together supporting each other, “fired up” and “ready to go,” the energy crackling in the air with each successive call and response.  “Do I have all the answers- no, but we together can make a change…We’re woke now.  And we ain’t going nowhere, we demand change, we are breaking this cycle.”  Mama Williams said.

The crowd erupted.

We have been waiting for change for too long in Oakland’s underserved communities.  Glad to see the waiting is ending, and looking forward to the battles ahead, alongside these authentic, powerful and determined parents.

More to come.

Oakland Education Upcoming Events August 25th

The blueprint survey, the Office of Equity reception, LCAP meetings, an OUSD board meeting, Oakland Education 101, an autism conference, the maker fair, the school retool fellowship, opportunities to help educators, the police explorers program for youth, that and much more in our weekly look ahead in Oakland ed

OUSD needs your input!  Complete an online survey by Monday, September 25th!   Your input will help inform options that OUSD considers including: Changing school buildings, Expanding, merging or closing schools, Changing the way Central Office supports schools

Monday 9/25, evening at the Coliseum, the OUSD Honor Band will be playing the national anthem before the A’s game. This is significant because they did the same thing last September 20 and set off a national firestorm because they took a knee during the song.

 9/25 5:30-8 p.m.- Special Education Study Session: Quality Schools for Special Education
Hosted by the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the LCAP Parent and Student Advisory Committee Howard Elementary School  8755 Fontaine St., Oakland, CA 94605  Participants will explore the following questions:  Which schools are most attended by Special Education students? How do we know which schools provide wide support for Special Education students? What must we understand about existing school communities to best support the diverse needs and experiences of students with disabilities? How can Special Education families inform the LCAP and Blueprint for Quality Schools processes for the benefit of Special Education students and their peers?

9/26 5:30-7:30 p.m. -Foster Youth Advisory Committee
Westlake Middle School 2629 Harrison St, Oakland, 94612 Current and former foster students, foster parents and caregivers, community advocates for foster youth, LCAP leaders, staff, and other community members of the Foster Youth Advisory will begin to map their work in the following chosen areas of focus for 2017-18: Developing a post-graduation transition planning process for foster youth in OUSD, Providing support in the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans for foster youth with disabilities who need Special Education and their caregivers, Developing a leadership and mutual support group for foster students.

9/26 6:00 p.m. – 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 See meeting details here

9/26 5-8-OUSD Office of Equity reception Hear from our Equity Directors who are leading the charge and meet the entire team at an upcoming reception: Gallery E14 472 9th Street, Oakland, you can RSVP here

9/26 Oakland Public Education 101 6:00 p.m.  In the first of a six-part series, come get an introduction to the facts and forces that shape public education in Oakland. How did we get to where we are, and what is the fight about? SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, OaklandCA 94612Admission Free for SPUR members$10 for non-members

9/26 Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will mobilize Bay Area community members to transform our economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Restore Oakland is a joint initiative of the Ella Baker Center and ROC United, and we are working in partnership with Causa Justa::Just Cause, Community Works West, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), La Cocina, and other local organizations to realize our vision. You can RSVP through the link

9/27 Board of Education 4:00 PM,  The Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Meeting details

9/28 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Lighthouse Creativity Lab Tour: MS/HS Tours are a great way to see what making looks like integrated into a classroom.During the tour, we will discuss the Lighthouse Creativity Lab program, see making in at least one class, answer questions, and hear a little about your plans.The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is a K-12 program that supports maker-centered learning at Lighthouse Comunity Public Schools, and the greater Oakland area. The mission of the Creativity Lab is to support educators to turn learning over to students, deepening understanding of content and developing agency. Lighthouse Community Charter Public School (K-12) 444 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621

9/29th-30th Inaugural Northern California Autism Symposium Brings Research, Advocacy Experts to Northern California-In partnership with The Yellow Door, Regional & Continuing Education at California State University, Chico will present the Inaugural Northern California Autism Symposium on Sept. 29 and 30 on the University campus. The program will include concurrent sessions and a keynote address for professionals and parents/guardians of individuals and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Session topics include family relationship building, behavior modification, whole health, incorporating social skills in movement activities, and teaching motor skills at home, among others.

9/30 – The Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network will host by invitation our second regional Bay Area Family Engagement Convening on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The main purpose of this convening is to bring together organizations from across the Bay Area to assess progress (successes, gaps, and challenges) in creating family engagement and organizing in cities regionally.  You can register here

10/2 Edna Brewer Morning Tours 2017-2018– If you are a parent or guardian of an upcoming 6th-grader, please join us for a tour of Edna Brewer Middle School. Come and learn about the academic and extracurricular programs that make our school a top choice for Oakland families. You will visit classrooms and the campus, followed by a Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of Brewer administrative staff, parents of current students, and a panel of 6th-8th grade students.

10/2-10/6, 2017 Latinx Literature read in-In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves—and all of their classmates—in the books they read. To honor Latinx Heritage Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of Latinx writers and illustrators. From, schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.

 10/5th “Education for All: Serving California’s Most Vulnerable Children.” Edsource’s annual conference looking at what schools and communities can do to ensure that all students succeed, especially in the wake of California’s landmark reforms and how current federal policies may undercut them. A major goal of the symposium will be to look at successful strategies to break down silos in how schools serve these populations, and to create schools as “safe havens,” not just for students from immigrant backgrounds, but for all students.

10/6/2017 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  ACOE Program and Agency Budget Committee Meeting, Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.

10/6 5:30-8p.m. – Community Advisory Committee for Special Education
Bret Harte Middle School 3700 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602 Committee members and other participants will hear learnings from the September Study Session and discuss initiatives and changes currently underway for Special Education in OUSD.

 10/7 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – OUSD’s Black Girl Power Conference. Click HERE to register. The Oakland Unified School District, Office of Equity and African American Female Excellence are proud to present the 1st Annual Black Girl Power Conference. The goal of the BGPC is to activate the power of Black girls and young women. This conference will present workshops focusing on the particular experiences of Black girls and young women through: love, cultural enrichment, life skills development, academic and professional development, womanhood development, career development and more.

 10/9 6:30pm. An Evening With Patricia Polacco! Patricia Polacco, who has written and illustrated 115 books for children, will speak at the Main Library. The acclaimed author and illustrator of Thunder Cake, The Keeping Quilt, and Pink and Say will discuss her body of work, and read from her newest book, Remembering Vera. Reserve your free seat at http://bit.ly/SLPL_Polacco or by calling the Main Library at 510-577-3960.

 10/10 6:30 PM ACOE Board Meeting- Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.

 10/12 5:30 PM – 7:30 p.m.   Mills Teacher Scholars Gather  Join Mills Teacher Scholars at Mills College for a gathering of current teacher scholars, Mills Teacher Scholars’ alumni, and friends. Enjoy dinner and wine while you learn, share, and connect with colleagues from around the Bay. We encourage you to invite friends and colleagues. Please RSVP soon–we have a limited number of spaces. More info and registration here

10/15 – School Retool Fellowship Application: Oakland Winter 2018 Cohort Educate78’s School Design Lab and the Rogers Family Foundation, in support and collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, are excited to announce a second Oakland-based School Retool. Cohort School Retool is open to school leaders in public schools throughout Oakland. We are seeking leaders who want to change the status quo of public education, are passionate about access to Deeper Learning for all students, are willing and ready to try out a new, immersive learning experience, and are committed to fully participating in the work of the fellowship. You can find more info here

 10/17-18- What is Waldorf-Inspired Trauma-Sensitive Education? by Mr. Bernd Ruf Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6pm – 7pm How To Care For the Care Giver by Dr. Christopher Huditz, MD, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6pm – 7pm at the Community School for Creative Education 2111 International Boulevard, Oakland California

10/18 5-8 p.m. -LCAP PSAC General MeetingOakland High School 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94610 The LCAP PSAC will finalize elections for the nominations presented in May 2016 and review samples of school site snapshots combining population, investment, staff retention, and student outcome data. These snapshots will support their analysis of how these and other factors are interconnected in determining the success of school programs. Finally, the committee will receive an update for the 2017-18 budget with emphasis on strategies and investments included in the 2017-20 LCAP.

 10/19 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Feeling confused and overwhelmed in thinking about middle school? On , EBISA invites parents of 4th & 5th graders to attend this talk by Theresa Lozac’h, a local educational consultant, to help you get a handle on a complicated process and discover a “best fit” for your family. You will learn to discover your priorities around your middle schooler’s education and think about your child’s unique needs. Start your search focused and ready! This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited – reserve your seat today!

10/21-Come join me at the Afro Comic Con, this event will feature artists, writers, creators, and thinkers as we discuss representation in comic books, literature, film and television. AfroComicCon’s mission is to open doors for everyone in the arts and media professions that have not been adequately inclusive.

 10/22 Brilliant Black Children: A Conversation with OUSD’s New Superintendent. The SOBO Education workgroup invites you to join in a conversation with OUSD’s new Superintendent Kyla Johnson Trammell. Some event goals include beginning the conversation with Johnson-Trammell about key matters impacting Black students such as the lack of equity and service to our children in literacy, math, cultural identity, school policing, nutrition, teacher’s racial bias and more. We will discuss potential support and growth opportunities in the AAMA and Black Girls Initiatives, Ethnic Studies, Black Teachers Project, etc.

10/22 – The Greatest Show (& Tell!) in the East Bay Returns for its 8th Year in 2017
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire, which takes place in the Temescal district of Oakland, has become a major annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing nearly 7,000 attendees last year. It mirrors the giant “flagship” Maker Faire in San Mateo, but more focused on local projects and hands-on making. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is organized and run by parent volunteers from Park Day School, which hosts the event on its four-acre campus and the adjacent campus of Studio One Arts Center. This event is perfect for artists, makers, educators, and innovators and given its scale, ideal for the whole family.

10/24 6:30 PM ACOE Board Meeting  Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.

10/24 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Foster Youth Advisory Committee Skyline High School -Current and former foster students, foster parents and caregivers, community advocates for foster youth, LCAP leaders, staff, and other community members of the Foster Youth Advisory will continue their work in the following chosen areas of focus for 2017-18 (see above) and will receive updates of 2017-18 LCAP actions and investments in support of foster students.Please RSVP at [email protected]  or 510-491-6069.

 11/1 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST Location=California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Decolonizing California History Join us in our November lecture to deconstruct the mainstream narrative about the history California.  Let’s examine this narrative from a decolonized lens.  by California Indian Museum and Cultural Center 

11/1 ACA Open Enrollment– 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare) starts November 1 and ends December 15. The 45th has cut the ADVERTISING funds to announce when people can enroll. Copy and paste to circulate.

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.

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.

Ways You Can Help

 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! https://www.gofundme.com/hubers-home-rebuilding-fund

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 st… read more 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 Give to this classroom

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…. read more My students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed… Give to Mr. Davis

Youth opportunities

Youth can join Police Explorers

Oakland police have openings in its Police Explorers program for high school students.

Students age 14 to 19 can learn more about careers in law enforcement in the program.

For more information, contact Officer Charles Stone of the Oakland Police Activities League at 510-421-2684 or [email protected]

One Year Later on Oakland Youth Leadership- Our Kids and the National Anthem

Tonight marks one year since the Oakland Unified Honor Band, beat 99% of the nation’s adults to the punch in kneeling for the national anthem.  Last year, they discussed their feelings, debated internally, talked with adults, and many chose to kneel, while some did not, as they played the anthem during an A’s game.

When I see our young people and talk to them, despite all the drama, I have immense hope for us here. Take a look at the clip.

Agree or disagree we need young people who will stand up (or kneel) for their beliefs, not in a statement against America, but in one for its continuing growth.

It’s great to see that the adults are finally catching up to these young people, and I am going to be watching tonight’s game.  Not so much for the adult but for the youth, and the clear moral vision they sometimes bring as our attention is focused on circuses.

The Oakland Education Roundup from September 22

Our weekly look back on Oakland in the news, as well as other items of interest

Oakland

Really interesting new report looking at declining enrollment districts, the role of charters, and how to avoid some of the most negative effects– I hope Oakland is reading Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment | Center on Reinventing Public Education

A critical look at the budget and the worsening financial situation in OUSD-OUSD Close of Books: What is it, and what does it mean for you? | GO Public Schools Oakland

Another good look at the Rainin foundation’s work with early literacy in Oakland-Oakland schools team up with local foundation to boost childhood literacy The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has given the school district $3 million for a program to get early elementary students to read at grade level.

A look at OUSD’s blueprint process OUSD talks plan to refurbish schools, redistribute resources On Thursday night, Oakland community members met at the Think College Now campus to discuss the “Blueprint for Quality Schools.”

Great stuff from two generations of freedom fighters including our Own Charles Cole We’re 42 Years Apart But Our Mission Is the Same: Change Education for the Black Community We are two Black men separated by 42 years in age. But we are bound by our collective rage about what is happening OUSD needs your input! 

Blueprint for Quality Schools Survey-Please complete an online survey so that OUSD leadership can understand your priorities for our school sites over the next 5 years.  Go to  www.ousd.org/blueprintsurvey to complete an online survey by Monday, September 25th!Your input will help inform options that OUSD considers including (1) Changing school buildings (2) Expanding, merging or closing schools (3) Changing the way Central Office supports schools

Upcoming educational events in Oakland, Oakland Education This Week and Beyond –Preview for September 18tha look at trainings, school tours, conferences and educator and parent opportunities in Oakland

Oakland Meetings

First meeting of the community advisory committee was on 9/18 you can see the agenda here

Budget and finance committee held a meeting on 9/18 you can see the agenda here

Measure N commission met on 9/19 the agenda can be found here

Growth Heartset”: Establishing a Culture of Caring –had an interactive learning session on 9/19.

Measure G Commission met on 9/20, agenda is here

California news

A 5 year old is suspended for “terroristic threats” for saying he has a bomb in his backpack California school suspends boy for “terroristic” threat

The state completely punts on defining “effective teachers”, basically if you have a credential you are now “effective”, students deserve better California defines ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ teachers, and why it matters.

Prop 13 cut California’s state education budget from 9 billion to 6 billion over night. I have written before about California’s status at the bottom of the school funding barrel, but let me make this real for folks.” A Tale of Two Cities and Why We Need to Reform Prop 13 – Great School Voices

“We haven’t addressed, not even in a minimum way … the notion of achievement gaps,” ‘Heartbreak’ for California Board of Education member: Focusing on compliance instead of equity. The state board approved a plan to satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act, but some say the plan shows a lack of urgency toward helping black, brown and…

CA is smartly focusing some funding on vocational education, there are many good jobs that dont need a college degree, and many students who dont want to go to college Why California is investing over $200 million in vocational education

Best of the Rest

While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less – The Hechinger Report The world’s developed nations are placing a big bet on education investments, wagering that highly educated populaces will be needed to fill

We need to understand what is happening with young people to support them, and too often a misdiagnosis leads to mistreatment Are we misdiagnosing trauma as ADHD? How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD .Some experts say the normal effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed as ADHD.

Our foster youth deserve so much better, shameful treatment Foster campus violates rights – San Francisco Chronicle, 2017-09-17. The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento has been cited more than 120 times in the past few years for inappropriate staff conduct, mishandled medications and filthy dorms.