It’s Spring break so a little slower, but still some important and interesting things coming up including OUSD’s Budget and Finance committee, some PD and maker opportunities, what looks to be a great panel on equity in education, Shaun King in the Town, and further out there is much more, please read share and get involved
4/4 6:00pm Budget and Finance Committee
4/4 3:00pm – 6:00pm Come to the Meaning Maker Studio for Open Making!
4/5 5pm Equity in Education:
4/7 3:00- 6:00 Shaun King Speaking in Oakland on How to Make Change
4/7 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Arts Now Bay Area Summit
4/17 4pm – 6pm Yemen: From Global to Local to Household
Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth
How you can help
Help ICS survive the OUSD budget cuts
4/4 6:00pm Budget and Finance Committee, KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291
4/4 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Come to the Meaning Maker Studio for Open Making!
4/4 4pm – 7pm Spark! Professional Learning Community: 1st – 3rd Grade Teachers – The ACOE is hosting a series of professional development opportunities facilitated by Blue Thistle Consulting for 1st – 3rd grade teachers, who are interested in exploring instruction and facilitation strategies and practices that promote increased student engagement and inclusion.
The five sessions will occur from 4pm to 7pm on the following dates:
- January 31
- February 21
- March 21
- April 4
- May 9
The contents of the PLC will be driven by participant needs and interests, but will likely include: explorations of equity and access in the classroom, practices that promote student engagement, especially in the core standards, development of social and emotional skills, and maintaining work/life balance to keep us thriving as teachers
Dinner is provided.
4/5 5pm Equity in Education: Where do we begin? If we hope for equity in education, we may have to abandon ideas of standardization and recognize the individual needs of each student. Join the conversation. Lincoln will host panelists at Impact HUB in Oakland to discuss the important issues impacting out community and our role in building an education system that works for everyone, including students most as risk for failure. After the discussion, we’ll turn to the audience for Q&A.
-Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, PhD, Associate Professor, Raza Studies & Education, SFSU
-Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammel, Superintendent, OUSD
-Superintendent Karen Monroe, Superintendent, Alameda County Office of Education
-Christine Stoner-Mertz, CEO, Lincoln
-Assemblymember, Tony Thurmond, 15th California Assembly District
4/7 3:00- 6:00 Shaun King Speaking in Oakland on How to Make Change– Hey Oakland! I am coming back to town, but this time, we’re going to get very specific on how we make change happen, together.
Listen, this date, time, and the location could be adjusted some, but let’s go ahead and get everything rolling!
4/7 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Arts Now Bay Area Summit Join us at the Arts Now Bay Area Summit to recognize and share the individual and collective work in support of arts education in the Bay Area! Hear success stories and learn how the arts can serve as a powerful tool for equity in our schools. Attendees will engage in meaningful discussions and workshops, as well as gain access to local and statewide strategies and resources for including the arts in LCFF/LCAPs, Title I, district strategic arts plans, and student advocacy. The theme of the Summit is “Action for Arts Equity” and will feature strides being made to increase access to arts education in the region, including in the Bay Area and surrounding counties. LOCATION: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607
4/12-4/15 OUSD Office of Equity 2018 African American Male Achievement Spring Symposium The Oakland Unified School District’s Office of Equity and the National Equity Project invite you to experience our ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER approach to realizing My Brother’s Keeper’s vision in a citywide system of schools.
This three-day professional development experience will sell out. Get your tickets early to make sure you are a part of our classroom observations, Office of Equity staff-led seminars, student interactions, and more.
Ticket includes admission to:
- Symposium Professional Development Workshops
- Manhood Development Program Classroom Tours
- African American Male Achievement’s Man-Up! Youth conference
4/17 4pm – 6pm Yemen: From Global to Local to Household – In partnership with the UC Berkeley Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) and OUSD APISA Initiative, we invite you to learn more about our Yemeni students and their country, from a variety of perspectives.
We hope to promote better understanding of the parts of Yemeni students’ lives that they may not bring into school with them, but which are important to be aware of.
● UC Berkeley Grad Wadie Algaheim will overview the historical and current situation in Yemen and how it connects to migration.
● OIHS teacher Madenh Hassan, together with Yemeni OUSD students , will share the history of Oakland’s long-established Yemeni community and the dynamics of students lives that may be invisible to educators.
● Q&A for participants to engage & dialogue.
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
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.
Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth
Free Prom Dresses! Do you know an Oakland student in need of a prom dress? In partnership with the Oakland Ed Fund, Lesley West – of Dressed by West – is giving away brand-new dresses to any high school junior or senior who needs one! Students simply sign up for a time slot on Sunday, Mar. 18, browse the Dressed by West collection at Rakuten Performance Center (1011 Broadway), then walk out with the perfect dress!
Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships-Mills College is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive environment dedicated to helping Oakland girls and young women succeed in college. To make a transformative Mills education accessible and affordable, we are offering generous scholarships and financial aid to qualified students.
Mills will provide a minimum financial aid scholarship of $7,000 to every Oakland Public high school student (district or charter) admitted in fall 2018 with a minimum high school GPA of 3.2. Higher scholarship amounts may be offered to admitted students with higher GPAs.
In addition to these awards, beginning fall 2018 we are excited to debut 10 new Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships, including the African American Female Excellence Scholarship, the Latina Excellence Scholarship, and eight additional Mills-Oakland Promise scholarships.
Our district-wide scholarship is now live! Apply for the East Bay College Fund Opportunity Scholarship today and share with all Oakland high school seniors. Let’s get to college!
SMASH Academy Accepting Applications– Since 2004, SMASH has helped bring a rigorous STEM education to hundreds of students from low income, underrepresented communities. A few SMASH facts: Impact: SMASH is a 3 year STEM acceleration summer residential and academic year program that works: check out their alumni outcomes here. Free of Cost: SMASH is a free program — equivalent to a $24,000 scholarship.
Nationwide: SMASH is continuing to expand to serve more students across the nation. In addition to existing sites at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Davis, and Morehouse College, SMASH will be opening two new sites in 2018: Wayne State University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The SMASH 2018 application deadline is March 1, 2018. Students can apply here.
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!