The Internal Toll of Being Misgendered

This is another guest post from an Oakland student, Ash Whipple, one of Oakland’s “energy converters” Being misgendered feels like getting stabbed in the back, even when people don’t do it on purpose. I’ve learned to live with that pain, it’s something I experience every day, and I will face it for the rest of … Continue reading The Internal Toll of Being Misgendered


What’s Happening in Oakland Education the Week of 10/23 and Beyond

Everything happening in Oakland education this week and beyond; the leading for equity institute, panels on what makes a great school and looking at school closures, the foster youth advisory committee, an OUSD Board meeting, funding equity workshop, calls for student activists, decolonizing California History, opportunities to learn and help educators and students and more, … Continue reading What’s Happening in Oakland Education the Week of 10/23 and Beyond


The Oakland Education Roundup October 20th

Our weekly look back on everything Oakland education and beyond; the OUSD budget update, a look at Oakland test scores, students and parents share stories, the East Bay Book fair in peril, the meetings that happened, why reforms based on parent “choice” may be flawed, funding for murals, opportunities for families and educators and more … Continue reading The Oakland Education Roundup October 20th


Back to Community Roots in the “Charter Movement”

As a longtime believer in the possibility of charter schools, the so-called “charter movement” has been a disappointment. But last week in New York City some folks got together at the Independent Charter School Symposium with the goal of fixing that. Many of the ideas that initially attracted me to charter schools—community empowerment, authentic education for youth … Continue reading Back to Community Roots in the “Charter Movement”


Saving the East Bay Children’s Book Project by Locating it in a School

A powerful literacy development non-profit that puts books in the hands of Oakland youth is on the verge of collapse, another victim of the rising rents, and Oakland displacement, but we can stop it.  The East Bay Children’s Book Project  can’t afford the rents and the community can’t afford to lose the services.  Thankfully there … Continue reading Saving the East Bay Children’s Book Project by Locating it in a School