Several great events this week, our conversation with the NAACP on the State of Black Education in Oakland, A young educator happy hour, Measure G1, the Foster Youth Advisory Committee, the OUSD Board, and ELL Sub Committee and LCAP committee all meet, along with the All City Council Youth Forum, plus the African American Female Excellence Youth Forum, and a Young Men’s conference, all that and much more, please read share and get involved
4/24 5:30pm – 8:30pm YEP + EP Oakland Happy Hour
4/24 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee
4/25 4:00pm Board of Education,
4/26 5:00pm – 7:30pm Special Meeting of the District ELL Sub-Committee
4/26 8:00am – 3:00pm All City Council Student Unions’ Youth Action Summit and ACC Elections
4/27 all day Chapter 510, First Friday Open House & Open Mic
4/27 6:30pm – 8:00pm Youth Takeover, Live
4/28 10:00am – 2:00pm Young Men’s Conference
5/6 10:30am – 4:30pm 5th Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo: Breaking Down Bars Building Our Dreams
5/12 10am – 1pm – The Chinese Exclusion Act & U.S. Immigration Policy
5/12 11am – 3pm Kaiser Elementary Spring
6/9 2pm -4pm Black Panther Lives – Wakanda STEM Equity Outreach
Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth
How you can help
Help ICS survive the OUSD budget cuts
4/24 The Past, Present, and Future of Activism for Black Families in Oakland; A Conversation with the NAACP– The Oakland NAACP has been a critical ally for Black families. We are hosting an intergenerational conversation focused on the setting a historical frame for Educational Activism in Oakland. Collectively the community will discuss issues, solutions, and key narratives for catalyzing progress within our schools, children, educators, and the community. Details are coming but you can register here
4/24 5:30pm – 8:30pm YEP + EP Oakland Happy Hour YEP Bay Area and Ed Pioneers are joining forces to bring together folks in education across the Bay! Join us whether you are in the classroom, at a non-profit, working in ed tech, advocacy, policy, or research, job searching, or just interested in learning more about education issues in the region.
Founded in 2003 and based in Oakland, Education Pioneersrecruits and develops talented students and professionals from diverse backgrounds to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations. Learn more.
LOCATION: Woods Bar & Brewery, 1701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
4/24 6:05pm 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 Special Meeting
4/24 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee Participants will develop a survey for foster students to inform committee focus in 2018-19. Contact: Cintya I. Molina Phone: 510-491-6069 Email: [email protected] Location: Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94610
4/25 4:00pm Board of Education, The Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606-2291
4/26 5:00pm – 7:30pm Special Meeting of the District ELL Sub-Committee Contact: Cintya I. Molina Phone: 510-491-6069 Email: [email protected] Location: United for Success/Life Academy, 2101 35th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601
4/26 8:00am – 3:00pm All City Council Student Unions’ Youth Action Summit and ACC Elections
This year’s theme is “#StudentVoiceMatters: Building Real Partnerships for Real Student Power!”
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612. This event is open to all students in OUSD.
4/26 5:00pm Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) English Learner (EL) Parent Sub-Committee, Library – United for Success Academy – 2101 35th Avenue, Oakland CA 94601
4/26 6:00pm – 8:00pm African American Female Excellence would like to invite you to join our 2nd Youth Forum! AAFE will host a fishbowl discussion with students, parents, and school counselors and administrators to discuss self-esteem and the portrayal of Black women in the media. If you attend or work at a school in East Oakland, we want to hear from you! Register below and meet us at East Oakland Youth Center, located at 8200 International BLVD, Oakland, CA 94621, for great dialog and food. For more information or questions, contact us at (510) 874-3717 or [email protected].
4/27 all day Chapter 510, First Friday Open House & Open Mic Chapter 510 is celebrating National Poetry Month and their latest publications written by elementary and high school workshop students. During Oakland’s First Friday experience a night full of poetry, music, bookmaking, food, and more for kids of all ages. Youth reading and open mix will start at 7:30pm. Music will be by XCAIROCITOSX and delicious tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!
4/27 6:30pm – 8:00pm Youth Takeover, Live This Spring, youth voices are “taking over” KQED News with our first Youth Takeover. From April 23 – 27, KQED programs will feature stories pitched, produced and reported by youth from high schools all over the Bay Area. Experience the takeover LIVE at our special multimedia event, where student voices deliver and discuss today’s most urgent stories, from the youth perspective. Hosted by Myles Bess of KQED’s YouTube series, Above the Noise Featuring Special Guests: Sasha Khokha, Host of KQED’s The California Report, and Sam Sanders, Host of NPR’s It’s Been A Minute Doors at 5:30pm. Reception following the program. Early arrival is suggested. Space is limited and reservation does not guarantee entry. For more information on the Youth Takeover, visit kqed.org/youthtakeover Support for the Youth Takeover, Live is provided by the San Francisco Foundation. LOCATION:Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
4/28 10:00am – 2:00pm Young Men’s Conference – The purpose of the Building Beloved Community Through The Young Men’s Conference is to provide young black males with the tools to realize personal and professional growth when faced with life challenges, and provide them with a safe space to have identity affirming experiences that are not readily addressed in school curriculum.
Attendees will be able to attend 2 of the 4 workshops offered below to learn more about:
(1) The Man Book: Understanding Yourself
(2) Taking Off the Mask
(3) STEM Training for Athletic Students
(4) Media, Mass Incarceration, and Black Men
Location: Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
5/6 3pm – 6pm Radical Mama Support Group: The Importance of Mental Health One of the silent conditions of motherhood are the feelings of sadness and anxiety.
As Mothers, we are often confronted in secret with feelings of inadequacy, not wanting to be mothers anymore, and/or feeling completely alone on this journey. A lot of mothers are still coping with postpartum depression years after their births. The hope is to shed light to these feelings. To give them the safe space they need to breathe, to water them, to normalize them, and to release them. Mental health is one of the most stigmatized illness, yet science proves that its significance cannot be understated.
Postpartum Depression is an epidemic in America. We will explore this topic with a documentary film, “When the Bough Breaks” and follow up with a discussion and sharing of tools and resources for you to take back to your community.
Please RSVP through this invite and please let me know if you will be bringing children or a support friend in the comments.
Feel free to bring a friend, a pillow, your favorite stone, or something to take care of yourself.
*This event is for POC*
5/6 10:30am – 4:30pm 5th Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo: Breaking Down Bars Building Our Dreams Close out the Week of Love, Rage and Resistance with live performances, resource tables, vendors, and artistic activities for All Ages! Bring your family, a blanket and full picnic basket, donations for goodies that may catch your eye, comfortable clothing for morning yoga or Zumba, and your dancing shoes! This event will be alcohol free! Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo is held to counter the consumer-driven culture being built around the Battle of Puebla, especially during a time of heightened displacement and mass incarceration. Cinco de Mayo has been popularized in the U.S. as a holiday to buy and consume alcohol with full disregard to Mexican culture, when it truly stems from a revolutionary moment in history. During the Battle in 1862, a small community of grassroots soldiers claimed victory over a heavily armed French military of thousands. By refocusing on this fact, we strive to deepen cultural roots and the spirit of community organizing.
LOCATION: Josie de la Cruz Park, 1637 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA 94601
5/7-11 Asian American Read-In, Oakland Public Education Fund In honor of Asian Pacific American History Month, the Oakland Public Ed Fund is hosting a citywide appreciation of Asian Pacific American writers and illustrators. From May 7-11, 2018, schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.
The Oakland Literacy Coalition is a proud partner of the Read-In. We invite you to grab a friend or colleague and head into an Oakland Classroom for what promises to be a rewarding hour with Oakland kids. No previous experience is required.
Volunteers wanted! To sign up as a volunteer reader, fill out the form here.
Schools Wanted! Click here to sign up your school to participate in the read-in.
5/9 9am – 11am Attention High School Students: Attend the Oakland Athletics Sports Career Education Day & College Fair, May 9, 9am – 11am, at the Oakland Coliseum. This is a special pregame “How to Work in Sports” program led by A’s front office and local Sports Management university leaders. Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics game starts at 12:35pm.
5/10 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Author Talk with Richard Rothstein (the Color of Law), electeds, activists, and community- Segregation and the Responsibility of the State– NY Times bestselling author, Richard Rothstein, will discuss his recent book, The Color of Law, and the role of the state in creating and maintaining segregation, to the detriment of African Americans and society as a whole. This panel will situate the author’s work in West Oakland, a community that was created/disadvantaged by redlining, “urban redevelopment,” nearby industrial zoning, and other government actions. The panel will pull together activists, electeds, and community members, to reflect on how we got here and the role of government and private actors in remedying it.
5/12 10am – 1pm – The Chinese Exclusion Act & U.S. Immigration Policy The Chinese Exclusion Act Film / Dialogue / Workshop
This May, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, APISA and the Sanctuary Schools Taskforce along with Chinatown community organizations and the Center for Asian American Media will host a screening of the new PBS documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, a groundbreaking documentation of largely forgotten history of the anti-Chinese movement across the Western United States from the mid-1850s to World War II.
APISA will lead a community discussion afterward with Professor Greg Mark whose family fought anti-Chinese laws in Oakland Chinatown in the 1930s, and OUSD teachers will lead a Curriculum Workshop sharing classroom activities our district is using to engage students this year, which will be launched nationally this year. Please join us for this unique opportunity to better understand our country’s history of immigration policy within today’s political context.
For more information about the OUSD Sanctuary Schools “Dream, Resist & Educate” Event Series: https://www.ousd.org/Page/17294
For more information on the Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement Initiative: www.ousd.org/apisa
This event is generously supported by War Taxes Redirected by the People’s Life Fund and the SF Foundation Rapid Response Fund, and co-sponsored by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, OUSD Office of Equity, OUSD Sanctuary Schools Taskforce, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Center for Asian American Media, and OUSD’s History Department & Teachers. Location: The Oakland Asian Cultural Center | 388 9th St, Oakland, CA
5/12 11am – 3pm Kaiser Elementary Spring Carnival Kaiser Elementary’s Spring Carnival is just around the corner. ALL are welcome! We hope to see all current Kaiser families as well as next year’s kinder families. Neighbors, friends and family are all welcome!
5/18 1:00pm – 9:00pm 50 Bay Area Student Leaders to Unveil Over 20 Design Solutions that Tackle the Threat of Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Growing Inequities from Housing to Food Access – Bay Area high school students are thinking big and taking the lead to solve complex urban planning issues at the first-ever Y-PLAN Youth Challenge Regional Summit.
Berkeley, Calif — The first-ever Y-PLAN Youth Challenge Regional Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 25th and will feature over 50 students representing over 800 of their classmates from East Palo Alto, Richmond, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael as they present and discuss design solutions that tackle the local impacts of climate change. This summit is the continuation of a youth-led movement to reimagine communities in the Bay Area to be stronger and safer by solving complex urban planning issues.
6/9 2pm -4pm Black Panther Lives – Wakanda STEM Equity Outreach Please join #OakSci & the community for a FREE community dialogue exploring STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) as a catalyst for advancing social equity & justice! Location: Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland, California 94618 #ScienceJustice #MarginSci #BlackAndSTEM #WOCinSTEM
Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth
Nomination for 2018 Mayor’s “Fulfilling the Promise” Teaching Award The Oakland Mayor’s “Fulfilling the Promise” Teaching Award recognizes and honors Oakland teachers who demonstrate a deep commitment to engaging with the broader school community and creating a college-going culture in their classroom and school. The Mayor will honor three teachers, one primary (Pre-K -5th grade), one middle school (6-8), and one high school (9-12).
The award is available to teachers who teach in both district and charter schools. Teachers must have taught for at least two years.
Earn and Learn East Bay Summer Job readiness workshop will help you get that J-O-B! We will focus on developing skills in interviewing, developing winning resumes and keeping a new job. Attendees will be guaranteed a job interview at the Earn and Learn East Bay Summer Youth Job Fair May 16th! Must be an Oakland Resident between the ages of 16 – 24.
Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, F-170, Oakland, CA 94607
Registration Is Required For These Trainings. Please Use The Links Below:
How to Read the IEP April 9, 2018
Learn how to read and understand an Individual Education Program (IEP). We will go over the sections on California’s IEP Form so you know what to make sure is complete and where to focus.
Behavior & Mental Health June 11, 2018
When behavior interferes with learning: connecting the dots between disability and mental health needs at school
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street (between Tremont and Woolsey Streets at the Ashby BART Station)
Berkeley, CA 94703
2nd Monday Evenings (6-8:30 pm)
4th Tuesday Mornings from (10am-12:30 pm)
NEW: Special Education Topic Series
2nd Monday evenings (6-8:30 pm)
April 9, How to Read An IEP
June 11, Behavioral Support and Mental Health
How you can help
Help ICS survive the OUSD budget cuts Oakland Unified is facing another enormous budget shortfall. District level budget cuts are being shouldered by teachers and families, with each school being asked to cut on average $120 per student. What this means for many schools is an IMMEDIATE LOSS of after-school programs, support staff, access to technology, field trips, and many of the enrichment activities that make their schooling experience enjoyable and equitable. At schools in Oakland’s wealthier neighborhoods, these cuts will be offset by parent donations and annual fundraisers that bring in an average of $300,000 per year. At flatland schools, populated predominantly by students of color, these cuts will be felt by teachers and children, and they will be felt deeply. Please click here to help.
Ms. Zissis, from Sankofa Elementary, needs iPads for her speech students. An iPad would be a great supplemental therapy tool. Learn more about similar projects from Oakland teachers that still need funding. GO will match your contribution!