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, please take a look a share

This Week

10/23 Leading for Equity Institute (Two-Day, Non-Residential)

10/24 What makes a Great School

10/24 School Closures: Are They Necessary?

10/24 Foster Youth Advisory Committee

10/24 Measure G1 Commission

10/24 Come join us for this three part  financial literacy series!

10/25 Funding Equity Webinar

10/25 OUSD Board of Education meeting

10/27 Calling All Student Activists 

10/28 College Prep Workshop 

11/1 Decolonizing California History Join us in our November lecture to deconstruct the        mainstream narrative about the history California.

11/1 Urban Promise Academy in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour

11/1 ACA Open Enrollment

11/2-11/4 Office of Equity Forum

11/7  Redwood Heights Elementary School – Fall 2017 Tour.

11/8 Edna Brewer Evening Informational Event

11/9 Summit’s Platform in Oakland

11/10 Ascend K8 in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour

11/14 NGLC in Oakland Fall Convening

11/14 Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning

11/30 Designing Making Experiences

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

Opportunities / Funding for Educators

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

10/15 School Retool Fellowship Application

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  

12/9 School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public  

How you can help

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire

Support students with Listening Tools

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots 

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food10/23 8 a.m. and 10/24 4 p.m. –

THIS WEEK

Leading for Equity Institute (Two-Day, Non-Residential)

The Leading For Equity™ Institute provides ample opportunities for sharing, reflection, and planning. We develop individual and collective leadership at every level of schools, districts, foundations or nonprofit organizations to develop capacity to foster positive change on behalf of historically under-served students and families. Participants deepen their commitment, relationships, and efficacy while developing strategies toward equity goals. Teams receive expert, caring guidance and facilitation to work together to address the personal and technical challenges they face in their educational equity efforts.

10/24 6 p.m. What Makes a Great School? There are lots of definitions of greatness, but what does a great school look like? In the second of a six-part series, we’ll discuss how we can shape Oakland schools into what they need to be. What does a great school like and how do we sustain and create them in Oakland? Generously sponsored by the Rogers Family Foundation. SPUR Oakland 1544 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612Email address: [email protected]

10/24 5:30 – 7:30PM School Closures: Are They Necessary? Oakland’s History and Avoiding Harm to Students  Holy Names University, Founders Hall Bay Vista Room, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland. Please join us for a discussion of Oakland’s history with school closures and the academic research on the impact of school closures. Please RSVP.

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

10/24 6 p.m. Measure G1 commission Discussion and possible Adoption by the Measure G1 Commission of Amendment(s) to Administrative Regulation 17-0001 – Allocation of Measure G1 Funds, KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

10/24 – Come join us for this three part  financial literacy series! Through these workshops you will learn about credit, budgeting, choosing the right financial institution, and financial goal setting. You will also get the opportunity to learn about financial resources, such as pre-paid cards and secured credit cards, offered by Community Financial Resources (CFR). CFR is a local organization that supports individuals with low to moderate income with money management and financial education.
The three workshop topics will be:
10/24: Setting Goals
11/14: Money Flow
12/12: Financial Toolkit
Each workshop will be complemented with worksheets that you can take home and share with your community, and that you can use to support you with implementing the practices in your personal life.

10/25 4 p.m. OUSD Board of Education meeting  The Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

10/25 10 a.m. Funding Equity Webinar from Children Now that will help equip local leaders with information and strategies to leverage new school site transparency requirements to promote equity. This webinar will: Highlight new federal requirements on school site funding transparency; Provide strategies you can use to help your district assess the current distribution of resources and achieve equity over time; andSupport your reflection in LCAP and future local district/school ESSA planning processes.

10/27 12-7pm- Calling All Student Activists Kapor Center for Social Impact, 2148 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612.  The Kapor Center is hosting a Tech + Student Activism Hackathon, aimed at creating solutions to improve college climates for underrepresented communities.  All students are welcome!  Sign up here.

10/28 10:30AM – 2:30PM College Prep WorkshoOakland Public Library: Temescal Branch, 2505 Telegraph Avenue Oakland 94609.  Join Strive Survive Succeed for their college prep workshop to learn about transitioning from high-school to college, identifying interests that lead to college majors, and participate in a college experience panel with Q&A.  It’s a free event for youth ages 13 to 18.  Lunch will be provided.  Sign up today


11/1 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – 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  California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403

11/1 9:30AM Urban Promise Academy in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour Urban Promise Academy , Oakland

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.

11/2-11/4 Office of Equity Forum The Oakland Unified School District 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. Register here. As part of the Fall Forum, attendees are invited to attend AAMA’s ManUp! Conference, a full day of engagement, encouragement, and empowerment for grades 3-12. Participants will engage in a variety of workshops focused on mind, spirit and body, as well as media literacy and professional etiquette, alongside mentors, teachers and community members. Click HERE to see highlights from the 2015 ManUp! Conference.

11/7 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Redwood Heights Elementary School – Fall 2017 Tour. This morning visit to Redwood Heights Elementary School is part of a series of trips to NGLC in Oakland schools to learn how they are each implementing personalized learning in their classrooms Redwood Heights ES 4401 39th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619. Event tickets

11/8 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM-Edna Brewer Evening Informational Event– Prospective parents, guardians and students are welcome to join us for an Evening Informational Event at Edna Brewer Middle School. LOCATION: Edna Brewer Middle School 3748 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. See details here

11/9 4:00 PM- Summit’s Platform in Oakland: Individual Teachers & Basecamp Schools-Urban Promise Academy, Oakland
11/14– Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning Workshop More information coming soon on this day-long workshop at Mills College for principals, coaches, and other school and district leaders. Focus will be on how to create the conditions that support high-quality teacher learning that leads to improvement in instructional practice.  Stay tuned for additional details about how to register for this professional learning opportunity.
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.

12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.

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.

Opportunities/Funding for educators

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. Take BART to the Exploratorium and get free admission for your class, plus free round-trip BART tickets. Register at exploratorium.edu/BART or email [email protected]

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

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  Apply for Oakland’s new street mural programfrom September 19th – November 30th.  This pilot program allows community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads.  Make sure to come to an application clinic hosted at an Oakland Public Library, where community members can learn about the program and receive assistance on applications.  Attending a clinic is not required to apply but they encourage you to come!  The dates and locations of the clinics are available on the website.  If you have more questions, email and visit the website for all application materials.

How you can help

 East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here! The East Bay College Fund, which is currently supporting 800 Oakland scholars in college, is excited to begin recruiting Mentors for the 2018/19 Scholar year! College is definitely challenging, but it can be made easier with the support and advice of someone who has been there before. Every young person needs supportive relationships in order to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. Mentoring is a powerful way to help the next generation succeed! East Bay College Fund’s next Mentor Information Sessions will be on the following dates:Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Thursday, December 14th from 6 – 8 p.m.For more information about upcoming mentor information sessions please contact Volunteer Manager, Lena Ringstrom, at [email protected]

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 Robotat 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

 October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food Bank Alameda County Community Food Bank 7900 Edgewater Dr Oakland, 94621.  Harvest Season has begun!  Truckloads of fresh produce that need to be sorted and bagged are coming in daily.  Helping hands are urgently needed in October to ensure that the large quantities of incoming produce get out the door — and into the community!  To find out more about dates or to register for a shift, go here.  If you have a group of 5 or more, please go to Weekday Group Volunteering.  Information about other Food Bank volunteer opportunities

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 please take a look and share

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OUSD Will Cut Additional $14.2 Million – A Total of $46.7 Million Since January

How did Oakland do on the latest state tests?

Parents and Kids Should Not Need to Win a Lottery to Have a Quality School

East Bay Children’s Book Project Is in Peril

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

3rd Annual Women Can Build Career Skilled Trades Fair

A Pleasantly Unsettling Visit to Oakland’s Urban Montessori

Bigger Than Bathrooms; Making Schools Safe for EVERY student

Curry Surprises Kids At Bushrod Community Center – Oakland Post

For Oakland youth and Families

Radio and Podcasting Class for Youth from KALW and EOYDC
Free Flu Vaccine Available For All Participating Oakland Elementary Schools
Meeting recaps

Budget and Finance Committee

Urban Strategies Council

Measure N Commission

OUSD Community Meeting

Measure G Committee

LCAP PSAC General Meeting

Best of the Rest

Back to the Roots of the Charter School Movement

California School Reform: What Is It, How Is It Going, and Why?

Hey, Rick Hess, Know Your History on White Supremacy

California voters strongly support expanded K-12 science and computer education, poll shows

Why Parents Make Flawed Choices About Their Kids’ Schooling

LISTEN: Let Brotherly Love Continue: An All-Male Public School Opens (Raising Kings, Ep. 1)

 

Educator Opportunities

 

Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall

Apply for Paint the Town

West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

How you can help

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire

Support students with Listening Tools

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots 

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food Bank

 Oakland

 OUSD Will Cut Additional $14.2 Million – A Total of $46.7 Million Since January OUSD faced a deficit of $37 million in 2003 when the state forced the district into receivership, requiring it to accept a $100 million loan.

 How did Oakland do on the latest state tests? The latest state test scores don’t offer many statewide trends beyond stagnation and persistent achievement gaps. What about Oakland?

Parents and Kids Should Not Need to Win a Lottery to Have a Quality School Dominique Malone is an Oakland Parent, here was her speech at the Oakland REACH kickoff event, Who here wants the best for your child?

East Bay Children’s Book Project Is in Peril– The beloved nonprofit, which supplies books to low-income kids throughout Oakland, has lost its lease and may have to shut down.

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.

3rd Annual Women Can Build Career Skilled Trades Fair will be held on 10/20 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, See event details here

A Pleasantly Unsettling Visit to Oakland’s Urban Montessori  “My number one goal is that students are happy and want to come to school.”

Bigger Than Bathrooms; Making Schools Safe for EVERY student  I’m sure when you’re out in public, or at work, all you worry about when going to the bathroom is if it’s clean or not. Nobody likes public bathrooms, they’re dirty, and you never know who you’re going to come across in them, though usually it’s okay.

 Curry Surprises Kids At Bushrod Community Center – Oakland Post Oakland, CA – Stephen Curry, The Curry Family Foundation, Chase and Under Armor teamed up to celebrate the newly refurbished indoor and outdoor basketball courts at Bushrod Community Center.

Independent charter schools look to raise their profile, apart from networks and Betsy DeVos At a symposium last week number of independent charter school leaders agreed to launch a new national organization 

For Youth and Families

Free Flu Vaccine Available For All Participating Oakland Elementary Schools. Shoo the Flu program will return this fall for teachers and students at elementary schools throughout Oakland.

Radio and Podcasting Class for Youth from KALW and EOYDC – Calling all East Oakland Youth 14-18! Tell a story you care about, in your own voice– take the Radio and Podcasting class from KALW and EOYDC.

The GIRL Project Shine Workshop began on 10/11 free for girls ages 11-14 living in the San Antonio district of Oakland. Come on down after school dismissal for art and dance classes. Food and homework support available throughout the session Workshops will be held every Wednesday from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM through December 13. Doors open at 1:00 PM. EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606 Questions? Please contact Shaunnah Ray

12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621 learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.

12/16 – West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public · Hosted by Enroll Oakland ChartersOakland 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 c       ompare 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.

Meetings

 

Budget and Finance Committee met on 10/16 see Meeting details here

Urban Strategies Council hosted the Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) Career Pathway Summit at the Oakland Marriott City on 10/17.  If you have any questions, contact Nate Phillip at Urban Strategies Council

Measure N Commission met on 10/17, see details here

 OUSD Community Meeting was on 10/17. The OUSD School Year is Changing see meeting details here.

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

Measure G Committee held a meeting on 10/18, meeting details here

LCAP PSAC General Meeting was on 10/18 – Oakland High School 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94610 The LCAP PSAC finalized elections for the nominations presented in May 2016 and reviewed samples of school site snapshots combining population, investment, staff retention, and student outcome data. The committee will also receive an update for the 2017-18 budget with emphasis on strategies and investments included in the 2017-20 LCAP.

California and Beyond

Back to the Roots of the Charter School Movement As a longtime believer in the possibility of charter schools, the so-called “charter movement” has been a disappointment.

Hey, Rick Hess, Know Your History on White Supremacy  Last week, Rick Hess lambasted not only the Harvard protesters who greeted Betsy DeVos with a banner reading “White Supremacist,”

California voters strongly support expanded K-12 science and computer education, poll shows High marks for Next Generation Science Standards, computer coding in EdSource survey

Why Parents Make Flawed Choices About Their Kids’ Schooling A new study shows that families act on insufficient information when it comes to figuring out where to enroll their children.

LISTEN: Let Brotherly Love Continue: An All-Male Public School Opens (Raising Kings, Ep. 1) As Washington D.C.’s first all-male public high school opens, 100 9th graders will experience a school like none they have before—one that’s grounded in love.

Opportunities/Funding for Educators

 Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. Take BART to the Exploratorium and get free admission for your class, plus free round-trip BART tickets. Click here to Register or email for registration.

 9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  Apply for Oakland’s new street mural program from September 19th – November 30th.  This pilot program allows community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads.  Make sure to come to an application clinic hosted at an Oakland Public Library, where community members can learn about the program and receive assistance on applications.  Attending a clinic is not required to apply but they encourage you to come!  The dates and locations of the clinics are available on the website.  If you have more questions, email [email protected] and visit the website for all application materials.

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

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food Bank Alameda County Community Food Bank 7900 Edgewater Dr Oakland, 94621.  Harvest Season has begun!  Truckloads of fresh produce that need to be sorted and bagged are coming in daily.  Helping hands are urgently needed in October to ensure that the large quantities of incoming produce get out the door — and into the community!  To find out more about dates or to register for a shift, go here.  If you have a group of 5 or more, please go to Weekday Group Volunteering.  Information about other Food Bank volunteer opportunities can be found at www.accfb.org/volunteer.

 

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 left behind, piloting promising practices to share with traditional schools—have often been drowned out by larger political forces. The educators and communities who should be driving the movement have taken a back seat.

Meanwhile the public tends to see folks like the current secretary of education as the face of movement.

TIME FOR US IN THE COMMUNITY WING OF THE CHARTER MOVEMENT TO RECLAIM OUR PLACE IN THE DEBATE

It’s well past time for us in the community wing of the charter movement to reclaim our place in the debate. Last week’s symposium is a great place to start.

Back in the early 90s, charter schools were basically community schools. Getting a charter for your school idea was simply a vehicle to better serve the kids who were being failed by the system. These original founders weren’t bought into some market rhetoric. For the most part, they were educators from the district who simply needed the freedom to do more.

You may not realize this, but in NYC the majority of charters are still small independents, not the big charter networks you usually hear about. When I look back on the schools I and my colleagues helped start in those early days, I think of DREAM charter, which partners with Harlem Recreational Baseball in the inner city. I think of Lavelle Prep, a very successful school catering to students with emerging mental health challenges. I think of Mott Haven catering to foster youth and Neighborhood Charter of Harlem bringing autism inclusion to Harlem.

Same with our first charters in Oakland.  Oakland charter Academy was by and for the underserved Latino kids, West Oakland Community School, came out of the “ebonics” controversy with the express goal of serving African American Youth, and American Indian Charter School was started in partnership with Native non profits in Oakland.

THERE WAS NO “PRIVATIZATION” RHETORIC BACK THEN.

There was no “privatization” rhetoric back then. The teachers union, which now opposes charters at every turn, rarely opposed them—in fact they were starting their own. It was gritty grassroots organizations trying, with varying degrees of success, to do better by kids that everyone agreed were not being served. We never saw ourselves as at war with the districts, and the districts didn’t view it as war either.

Sure, the headlines often go to the bigger charter management organizations and some of their outsized personalities, but I’ve always seen the heart of the charter movement as these educators, families and community-based organizations coming together to try to do better by kids.

But you’d never know it from the current state of debate.

Charter schools, unfortunately, have fallen victim to a polarizing narrative. First, it’s charters versus unions—even though many charters are unionized. Then, charter school advocates are increasingly linked to right-wing school choice supporters, who don’t reflect the population served or the educators serving them.

This debate ignores the roots of the movement, and it misserves the public and our schools, families and educators. It’s high time we challenged it.

I hope that’s what comes out of this symposium. I hope it fosters substantive discussions about why charters started and what they have become. I hope there is an explicit focus on race and equity. I hope we can explicitly reject that whole charters-versus-unions narrative and invite critics to the table to talk about how we can collaborate with and support the broader public education system.

Because the fact is charter schools are not going anywhere, and neither are the districts. Somewhere we got off track and instead of fighting together for kids and families, we started fighting with each other. I say it’s time we call a truce in the public school civil wars.

The stated purpose of the symposium was “to articulate a collective vision for the direction of the charter movement and all of public education.”

It might be a wildly ambitious goal. But it is sorely needed.

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 actually is an answer here.  Put the Book Project in an underutilized OUSD school.  This will help kids, help the non- profit and help the community.

West Oakland has 11 sites listed in the OUSD Blueprint advisory background document, 8 of those are underutilized and only Glenview is over-utilized.  And Lord knows we need better literacy development in the West, and to invest in our youth there.

The program needs space for roughly 20,000 books, and they actually can pay a nominal rent.

We need to break down the walls between community and schools.  In a time when space is at a premium and some schools actually have excess space to house non profits and support services, we need to figure out how to better integrate services. This is a great opportunity, if we take it, not a crisis.

“We’re Blessed to Have this Pace”

The Book Center has been doing powerful work in Oakland for years, and we need to keep it.  According to the article in the East Bay Express

The children she (the founder) works with may not know where their next meal will come from or where they’ll be staying that night, she said, but they’ll always have the books that she gives them.

“When I tell them, ‘Hey, do you want a book to take home?’ their little faces light up,” Alfaro said. “If they’re in the homeless shelter, they’ll have that book with them.”

East Bay Children’s Book Project has been providing that sense of stability to children since it began in 2005. To date, it has provided more than 1.6 million books for teachers, social workers, pediatricians, and others to give away to low-income children.

And the reviews from educators speak for themselves, again from the Express

Linda Grayson, a special education teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school, said that many of the students she teaches have never owned their own book before. She lets them pick one out every Thursday to build their personal libraries…

Second grade teachers Jaine Kopp and Judy Washington, who work at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, know what that loss would look like. Taking home books is the highlight of some of their students’ weeks — and books from East Bay Children’s Book project have been there to comfort them in tough times.

When one child’s father passed away, Kopp said, the class read Badger’s Parting Gifts –– the story of a badger who leaves presents to all his friends to remember him by after he dies. After they read it, Kopp said, the students were moved and all shared something emotional for them.

“We’re blessed to have this place,” Washington said.

“There’s nothing like this anywhere,” Kopp added

Building on what Kopp said, if we lose this it’s gone.  And we can’t afford that.

Oakland Needs to do More with Less

The only way we will poise the district for success is rethinking the way it does business.  The new superintendent has echoed that sentiment.  Any astute observer sees that Oakland’s problems are structural.  No tinkering on the edges will really fix them.  But we do have a whole set of community assets that we underutilize.  We need to think about how we re-order our education system and connect it with the community and community needs.  We also owe the West a greater investment in its children.

Saving the Oakland Book Center is a win-win for the schools and community, I hope we can break out of our malaise and make this happen.  The community deserves better.

What’s Happening in Oakland Education the Week of October 16th

Everything education in Oakland and beyond; this week OUSD has budget and finance, Measure N and G, and a community meeting on the school calendar changes, Michael Kirst looks at California’s reforms, A conference explores Waldorf education and trauma, stories from teachers, rebels and creative leaders, opportunities to help educators and students and much more take a look and please share

This Week 

10/16 Budget and Finance Committee

10/16 California School Reform: What Is It, How Is It Going, and Why?

10/17 Urban Strategies Council career pathways summit for men of color

10/17 Measure N Commission

10/17 OUSD Community Meeting

10/17-18 What is Waldorf-Inspired Trauma-Sensitive Education?

10/18 Measure G Committee

10/18 LCAP PSAC General Meeting

10/18 Movements, Not Mandates: Stories from teachers, rebels, & creative leaders

10/20 3rd Annual Women Can Build Career Skilled Trades Fair

10/20 Student Welcome Centers

10/21 Claremont Middle School Open House and Tour 

Further Out

10/23 Leading for Equity Institute (Two-Day, Non-Residential)

10/24 School Closures: Are They Necessary?

10/24 Foster Youth Advisory Committee

10/24 Come join us for this three part  financial literacy series!

10/27 Calling All Student Activists 

10/28 College Prep Workshop 

11/1 Decolonizing California History Join us in our November lecture to deconstruct the        mainstream narrative about the history California.

11/1 Urban Promise Academy in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour

11/1 ACA Open Enrollment

11/2-11/4 Office of Equity Forum

11/7  Redwood Heights Elementary School – Fall 2017 Tour.

11/8 Edna Brewer Evening Informational Event

11/9 Summit’s Platform in Oakland

11/10 Ascend K8 in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour

11/14 NGLC in Oakland Fall Convening

11/14 Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning

11/30 Designing Making Experiences

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

Opportunities / Funding for Educators 

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

10/15 School Retool Fellowship Application

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  

12/9 School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

How you can help

Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire

Support students with Listening Tools

Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots 

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food

10/16 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Budget and Finance Committee Committee Room, KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance – 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291. Meeting details here

10/16 12:00-1:15 PM – California School Reform: What Is It, How Is It Going, and Why? Speaker: Michael Kirst Location: – at Stanford (CERAS), Learning Hall, Room 101 Free and open to the public RSVP:

10/17-  Urban Strategies Council is hosting the Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) Career Pathway Summit at the Oakland Marriott City Center and want to ensure that the young people and community members you serve benefit from the on-the-spot hiring and resources that will be available at this event. If you got any questions or know anyone who is interested, contact Nate Phillip at Urban Strategies Council.` 

10/17 5:00 AM – 6:30 PM Measure N Commission KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance – 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 see details here 

10/17 9:00 AM- OUSD Community Meeting: Location: East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) 8200 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94621. The OUSD School Year is Changing see meeting details 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 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Measure G Committee KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance – 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 details here

10/18 5-8 PM -LCAP PSAC General Meeting – Oakland 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. The committee will also receive an update for the 2017-18 budget with emphasis on strategies and investments included in the 2017-20 LCAP. Please RSVP here or 510-491-6069

10/18 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM-Movements, Not Mandates: Stories from teachers, rebels, & creative leaders– Join The Teachers Guild for a Happy Hour and Storytelling event celebrating the launch of The Teachers Guild Chapter in Oakland. LOCATION: The Flight Deck 1540 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. Register here

10/18 4-6 League of Women Voters Forum- OUSD on the Cusp of Achievement-As part of the League’s Speakers Series, come and learn how the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) plans to move ahead with ambitious plans for improving its facilities and the quality of its educational programs. League members will have an opportunity to participate in Q & A discussing the challenges, changes, and new programs. The panel will also cover issues as transparency, finances, API Scores and how that translates to district schools, quality and equality in the schools, truancy, and parental involvement.

10/20 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM -3rd Annual Women Can Build Career Skilled Trades Fair. See event details here

10/20/2017 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM– Student Welcome Centers CLOSED The OUSD Student Enrollment Welcome Centers at 746 Grand Avenue and 1125 69th Avenue will be closed to the public so that our staff can be trained on our new online enrollment system. If you have any questions or concerns about enrollment, please email or leave a message at (510) 273-1600.

10/21 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM –Claremont Middle School Open House and Tour. Come learn all about Claremont Middle School from teachers, administrators, parents and students at our Future Families Open House and Tour. Great for current 4th and 5th graders and their families.

Further Out

10/23 8 a.m. and 10/24 4 p.m. – Leading for Equity Institute (Two-Day, Non-Residential)The Leading For Equity™ Institute provides ample opportunities for sharing, reflection, and planning. We develop individual and collective leadership at every level of schools, districts, foundations or nonprofit organizations to develop capacity to foster positive change on behalf of historically under-served students and families. Participants deepen their commitment, relationships, and efficacy while developing strategies toward equity goals. Teams receive expert, caring guidance and facilitation to work together to address the personal and technical challenges they face in their educational equity efforts.

10/24 5:30 – 7:30PM School Closures: Are They Necessary? Oakland’s History and Avoiding Harm to Students  Holy Names University, Founders Hall Bay Vista Room, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland. Please join us for a discussion of Oakland’s history with school closures and the academic research on the impact of school closures. Please RSVP.

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 

10/24 – Come join us for this three part  financial literacy series! Through these workshops you will learn about credit, budgeting, choosing the right financial institution, and financial goal setting. You will also get the opportunity to learn about financial resources, such as pre-paid cards and secured credit cards, offered by Community Financial Resources (CFR). CFR is a local organization that supports individuals with low to moderate income with money management and financial education.
The three workshop topics will be:
10/24: Setting Goals
11/14: Money Flow
12/12: Financial Toolkit
Each workshop will be complemented with worksheets that you can take home and share with your community, and that you can use to support you with implementing the practices in your personal life.

10/27 12-7pm- Calling All Student Activists Kapor Center for Social Impact, 2148 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612.  The Kapor Center is hosting a Tech + Student Activism Hackathon, aimed at creating solutions to improve college climates for underrepresented communities.  All students are welcome!  Sign up here.

10/28 10:30AM – 2:30PM College Prep WorkshoOakland Public Library: Temescal Branch, 2505 Telegraph Avenue Oakland 94609.  Join Strive Survive Succeed for their college prep workshop to learn about transitioning from high-school to college, identifying interests that lead to college majors, and participate in a college experience panel with Q&A.  It’s a free event for youth ages 13 to 18.  Lunch will be provided.  Sign up today


11/1 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – 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  California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403

11/1 9:30AM Urban Promise Academy in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour Urban Promise Academy , Oakland

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.

11/2-11/4 Office of Equity Forum The Oakland Unified School District 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. Register here. As part of the Fall Forum, attendees are invited to attend AAMA’s ManUp! Conference, a full day of engagement, encouragement, and empowerment for grades 3-12. Participants will engage in a variety of workshops focused on mind, spirit and body, as well as media literacy and professional etiquette, alongside mentors, teachers and community members. Click HERE to see highlights from the 2015 ManUp! Conference.

11/7 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Redwood Heights Elementary School – Fall 2017 Tour. This morning visit to Redwood Heights Elementary School is part of a series of trips to NGLC in Oakland schools to learn how they are each implementing personalized learning in their classrooms Redwood Heights ES 4401 39th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619. Event tickets

11/8 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM-Edna Brewer Evening Informational Event– Prospective parents, guardians and students are welcome to join us for an Evening Informational Event at Edna Brewer Middle School. LOCATION: Edna Brewer Middle School 3748 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. See details here.

11/9 4:00 PM- Summit’s Platform in Oakland: Individual Teachers & Basecamp School

11/14 4:00pmNGLC in Oakland Fall Convening

11/14– Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning Workshop More information coming soon on this day-long workshop at Mills College for principals, coaches, and other school and district leaders. Focus will be on how to create the conditions that support high-quality teacher learning that leads to improvement in instructional practice.  Stay tuned for additional details about how to register for this professional learning opportunity.

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.

12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.

Opportunities/Funding for educators

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. Take BART to the Exploratorium and get free admission for your class, plus free round-trip BART tickets. Register at exploratorium.edu/BART or email [email protected]

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

9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!  Apply for Oakland’s new street mural programfrom September 19th – November 30th.  This pilot program allows community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads.  Make sure to come to an application clinic hosted at an Oakland Public Library, where community members can learn about the program and receive assistance on applications.  Attending a clinic is not required to apply but they encourage you to come!  The dates and locations of the clinics are available on the website.  If you have more questions, email and visit the website for all application materials.

12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.

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.

 

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 Robotat 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

 

October Morning Volunteers Needed at Alameda County Community Food Bank Alameda County Community Food Bank 7900 Edgewater Dr Oakland, 94621.  Harvest Season has begun!  Truckloads of fresh produce that need to be sorted and bagged are coming in daily.  Helping hands are urgently needed in October to ensure that the large quantities of incoming produce get out the door — and into the community!  To find out more about dates or to register for a shift, go here.  If you have a group of 5 or more, please go to Weekday Group Volunteering.  Information about other Food Bank volunteer opportunities.