Elementary Schools That Black Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state today and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Black children, and encourage families to visit.

But before I get to the public schools showing the most progress, let me give a warning.  These numbers may be imperfect since it is the first rollout, and no number can capture a school, or the variation within it.  So please take these lists as starting points and do your homework.

Digging into the new data

Everything I am showing here is publicly available on the OUSD website, though you need to poke around some.  And now is the time to research and apply to schools in open enrollment.  We have never had more options, easier ways to enroll, or more information about schools, so we need make the best choices we can.

Elementary Schools where Black students made the most gains

Joaquin Miller really stands out in both math and ELA.  And you can see the rest of them, with the larger bar meaning larger gains.

(note that gray lines mean that less than 30 students were tested, and the other colors relate to how high the average scores were)

K-8 Schools

There are fewer K-8 schools, but Melrose stood out in both ELA and math and American Indian, Community School for Creative Education and Hillcrest stood out for gains, in either math or ELA.

Knowledge is power

So please, take advantage of your options and the information at your disposal.  There are enrollment fairs coming up from OUSD and Enroll Oakland over the next several weeks.  Your children are counting on you to do the best by them, and that starts with making informed choices.

Let me know if I can help, and I will be doing future posting on middles and high schools, as well as other subgroups.

You have the tools, now use them.

How Is OUSD Doing Compared to 11,000 Other Districts in 3 Graphs?

The typical student in Oakland Unified is further behind in 8th grade than they were in 3rd grade that’s according to the latest research from Stanford, covered in a recent NY Times article. You heard that right, the typical student in OUSD progresses 4.3 years academically in the 5 years between 3rd and 8th grade, so while they are roughly a year behind in 3rd grade, they are roughly 2 years behind in 8th grade.

The encouraging thing about the data is that there is such wide variation, even within California. Some districts make more than 5 years growth, others less. So some things are working in some places and some things are not working in others.

Despite the dismal outcomes, there is hope. In Fremont, students gained 5.6 years over the 5 year span, and in Chicago it was 6 years.  So poverty is not destiny, but zip codes matter, and so do the decisions of districts.

Let’s look at the study, from the Times

The data, based on some 300 million elementary-school test scores across more than 11,000 school districts, tweaks conventional wisdom in many ways. Some urban and Southern districts are doing better than data typically suggests. Some wealthy ones don’t look that effective. Many poor school systems do.

This picture, and Chicago’s place in it, defy how we typically think about wealth and education in America. It’s true that children in prosperous districts tend to test well, while children in poorer districts on average score lower. But in this analysis, which measures how scores grow as student cohorts move through school, the Stanford researcher Sean Reardon argues that it’s possible to separate some of the advantages of socioeconomics from what’s actually happening in schools.

How is Oakland Doing?

The researchers graphed 11,000 districts based on test score growth and wealth, to give a fairer picture of the district effects.  Here is Oakland Unified in 3rd grade

And Oakland Unified in 8th grade

And the comparison of growth

 

Click around some and look other districts, while Oakland Unified produced 4.3 years of growth in 5 years, West Contra Costa was at 4.6 years, Fresno and Long Beach were at 4.7 years.

And yes this is based on test scores which is an imperfect measure, but try telling that to mom who is seeing her child’s literacy skills decrease (as measured by test scores) compared to peers in nearby districts.

What is lost in the budget crisis?

The school board meetings are rightly spending significant time on the budget.  But I am hearing a hardly a peep about how our students are doing, what we are doing to accelerate learning, or develop our programs that are showing real progress.

Our students and families can’t have their academic careers put in a back seat, as the district is consumed with its own messes.  We have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, which means both addressing our fiscal crisis and our academic crisis, solving either one without the other is a hollow victory.

 

 

Choose or Lose in Oakland’s Public Schools

The meek will not inherit the earth in Oakland’s system of public school choice.  Given the likelihood of school closings, they may inherit the dirt of a shuttered school, and the scraps of opportunities left after others have chosen.

Many families don’t know it, but now is the time to apply to all Oakland public schools.  Open enrollment is taking place as we speak.  The window of opportunity to apply is open now, and when it closes, most of the highest quality schools will be full.  Families on the sidelines will be on the outside looking in, and if you miss the deadlines, you may miss your chance for a better school.

Oakland is a choice district, both with charters and traditional schools, basically anyone can apply to any public school.  There are some sibling and neighborhood preferences, but short of that, if there is space at a school, and you can get there, you can go to basically any school you like. For those who don’t have great neighborhood schools, or great fits for their children, the time to apply is now.  And if you don’t choose you will lose.

More Choices but Unequal Choosers

Last year most families did not participate in the open enrollment period, for charters or district schools.  Of the over 65,000 school aged children in Oakland less than 14,000 participated.   And I will bet dollars to donuts that more privileged families exercised more choice, while many of our families who need the best schools were left in schools of default.

Some neighborhoods have many great choices and some, not so much (check the quality map later in the blog).And if you didn’t get to move to your neighborhood of choice (with the excessive price tags attached), you may need to go outside of it to get your schools of choice.

There are more options that ever in Oakland, from very traditional brick and mortar schools, to those that focus on student internships in the community.   We also have bilingual programs in Spanish, French and Mandarin, a Montessori school, A Waldorf school, and highly impactful career academies in health and engineering, just to name a few.

There are also huge ranges in the proficiency and college going rates of students and also their growth at different schools.  This is not just about schools, some schools have more advantaged students, but schools do matter, and there is also a lot of research about peer effects.  How it affects your child to either be in a school with many high performers or many low performers.

Now more than ever, folks who often have the least neighborhood options need to make choices for their children, or they may find themselves increasingly left behind.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Not every school works for every child.  And I will be highlighting over time some of the schools that are showing exemplary progress, particularly with our underserved students.  But this is an opportunity for our families to get the best for their children rather than being left with the remainders.  But it won’t happen by itself, and knowledge is power.

The time to visit, review and apply to schools is right now.   And while I don’t have the statistics I will bet that our Black, Brown, and low income families were less likely to actively choose.  We have the most to lose by not choosing, and it’s critical that we actively engage, and that our community organizations help the unengaged get engaged.

The Map of School Quality as a Final Argument

You can see that, based on OUSD’s own tool, the strategic regional analysis, different neighborhoods have very different access to educational opportunity.  Lots of “red” schools are in the deep east and west, and it’s tough to find a “blue” one.

I know many of us are used to walking to our neighborhood schools, and that may still be your best answer.  But you owe it to your child to really make sure.  Please do your homework, and set your child up for success by getting the best possible school for them.

 

Every week I will be publishing the upcoming school visits in my “What’s Happening in Oakland Education” on the blog, and we will be visiting schools and trying to help answer questions from families, please reach out if I can help or you would like to share with the community.

There is probably no more important choice that you can make for you child, and if you wait too long, even the option of choosing will be gone.

What’s Happening in Oakland Education The Week of December 4th and Beyond

Another busy week in Oakland education with meetings on the OUSD budget crisis as well as many schools doing tours. It’s public school enrollment time in Oakland and families need to make the best choices they can, you can see school tour schedules and registration info below, also the larger school enrollment fairs are coming up, some great conferences, and there are always opportunities for families, educators and ways you can help and get involved, please read and share

This Week

12/5 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour

12/5, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM) Skyline High School tour-

12/5 9:30-10:30- East Bay Innovation Academy Tours

12/5 5:00-7:00 PM OUSD Middle School Enrollment Fairs

12/5 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

12/5/2017 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Special Education Teacher Credential Information Session

December 6th, 9:00 – 11:30 am Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools

12/6/2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Budget and Finance Committee Meeting

12/6 Winter Mixer for Girls’ Champions

12/6 5:00-7:00 OUSD High School Enrollment Fairs

12/6 Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools

December 7, 2017 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Latitude High School 37.8 – Parent Information Session

12/7/2017 5:00 PM Board of Education Resolution Review

12/7 8:30 am – 9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5)

12/7 9:00am-10:00-Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8)

12/7 East Bay Innovation Academy Tours

December 7th, 9:00 – 11:30 am  Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools

December 7th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm   Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools

12/7, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM) Skyline High School tour

December 8- 9:30 am – 10:30 am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5)

12/89:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour

12/8 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour

12/8 9:00 am – 10:00 am Join Achieve Academy’s Info Session

December 8th, 8:30 – 10:30 am   Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools

December 8, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PMJoin us for the 1st annual RHA Oakland Winterfest!

12/9 10:00-2:00- Enroll Oakland School Enrollment and Community resources Fair

DECEMBER 9, 2017  |  8:00am to 2:00pm BROTHER’S CODE

12/11 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour

12/13 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour

12/13 4:00-5:00 Achieve Academy Info session (pre-K-5)

12/13 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

December 14th,at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5)

December 14th,9:00am10:00Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8)

12/15 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour

December 15th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5)

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

12/16 Strengthening the Arts Education Ecosystem

12/18 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

December 19, 20179:00 AM – 9:45 AM PST Francophone Charter School Tours

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities

December 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm Latitude High School 37.8 – Parent Information Session,

Opportunities for Educators/Families/Students

 Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

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

How you can help

 East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here!  This Week

This week

12/5 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention​ ​Prospective​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​Parents: Visit​ ​ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601. Come​ ​see​ ​the​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​happening​ ​at​ ​ICS!

12/5, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM) Skyline High School tour-Every fall, Skyline leadership students and parents lead tours of the classes and campus. Our tours start in our Farnsworth Theater for an overview of the school and its programs and end with an opportunity to have any questions answered by our administrative team. Register for a 2017 Campus Tour.

12/5 9:30-10:30- East Bay Innovation Academy Tours Are you applying to East Bay Innovation Academy? We recommend you to attend one of their tours and information nights! See the list of dates below. If you have any questions please contact the school at 510-577-9557. East Bay Innovation High School 3800 Mountain Blvd Oakland, CA 94605 United States

12/5 5:00-7:00 PM OUSD Middle School Enrollment FairsEnrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll, RISE / New Highland Campus, 8521 A Street, Oakland, CA

12/5 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.

12/5/2017 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Special Education Teacher Credential Information Session Join fellow special educators interested in earning their teaching credential.Loyola Marymount, through a special partnership with OUSD, is offering up to 46% off tuition for OUSD employees. Find out more on 12/5 how to earn your special education teacher credential in an affordable way in 12-14 months with fellow OUSD educators!

December 6th, 9:00 – 11:30 am Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools, including investment in school buildings; expanding, merging, or closing schools; grade configuration changes.  RISE Community School, 8521 A Street

12/6/2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Budget and Finance Committee Meeting The First Interim budget report and FCMAT implementation plan will be presented. Also the Board will hear an update on Multi-year projections and 2018-19 budget calendar. Committee Room, KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance 314 East 10th Street Oakland, CA 94606

12/6 5:30 – 7:00 – Winter Mixer for Girls’ Champions The end of the year is near, and we want to cap it off by celebrating the incredible work that our members and other girls’ champions do! Join Alliance for Girls and the Membership Engagement Committee for our annual winter mixer for girl-serving organizations and girls’ champions. Come mingle with fellow colleagues in the field while enjoying some drinks and delicious bites!

12/6 5:00-7:00 OUSD High School Enrollment FairsEnrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll, Roosevelt School 1926 E.19th st , Oakland, California

12/6 6:15 – 8:45 Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools, including investment in school buildings; expanding, merging, or closing schools; grade configuration changes. Oakland Technical High School, Library, 4351 Broadway.

Thu, December 7, 2017 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Latitude High School 37.8 – Parent Information Session, by Latitude High School 37.8 If you want to attend a small, innovative school that supports you to achieve your college and career goals by doing rigorous, engaging projects in the city of Oakland, then we want you to apply to be a part of our community at Latitude. Learn more about Latitude here: https://www.latitudehigh.org/ Epic Charter School, 1112 29th Avenue, Oakland, CA 9460

12/7/2017 5:00 PM Board of Education Resolution Review The BOE will debrief the Nov. 27 meeting and discuss a decision for Dec. 13. La Escuelita, BOE Committee Room 1050 Second Avenue, Oakland, CA

12/7 8:30 am – 9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

12/7 9:00am-10:00-Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8) Join Lazear Charter Academy ! Learn more about the school and tour the campus!

12/7 East Bay Innovation Academy Tours Are you applying to East Bay Innovation Academy? We recommend you to attend one of their tours and information nights! See the list of dates below. If you have any questions please contact the school at 510-577-9557. East Bay Innovation High School 3800 Mountain Blvd Oakland, CA 94605 United States

12/7, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM) Skyline High School tour-Every fall, Skyline leadership students and parents lead tours of the classes and campus. Our tours start in our Farnsworth Theater for an overview of the school and its programs and end with an opportunity to have any questions answered by our administrative team. Register for a 2017 Campus Tour.

December 7th, 9:00 – 11:30 am  Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools, including investment in school buildings; expanding, merging, or closing schools; grade configuration changes Location: Life Academy, 2101 35th Avenue

December 7th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm   Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools, including investment in school buildings; expanding, merging, or closing schools; grade configuration changes Location: Martin Luther King Elementary School, 960 10th Street

December 8- 9:30 am – 10:30 am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

12/89:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention​ ​Prospective​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​Parents: Visit​ ​ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601. Come​ ​see​ ​the​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​happening​ ​at​ ​ICS! Guided​ ​tours​ ​are​ ​available​ ​on​ ​the​ ​following​ ​dates:

12/8 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here

12/8 9:00 am – 10:00 am Join Achieve Academy’s Info Session!Learn more about the school and meet the staff!For more information, please call 510-904-6440. Achieve Academy 1700 28th ave Oakland, CA 94601 United States

December 8th, 8:30 – 10:30 am   Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools, including investment in school buildings; expanding, merging, or closing schools; grade configuration changesLocation: Lincoln Elementary School, 225 11th Street

December 8, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PMJoin us for the 1st annual RHA Oakland Winterfest! Come celebrate the holiday traditions of our diverse Oakland community at the 1st annual RHA Winterfest. This event is designed to bring together neighbors for a casual multi-cultural holiday celebration, as traditions from different religions and/or cultural groups all share messages of hope, celebration, and joy. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue,Oakland, CA 9461

 

12/9 10:00-2:00Enroll Oakland School Enrollment and Community resources Fair Oakland families are invited to learn more learn more about their public school options. Event will include:School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High School) – Meet school principals, teachers and familiesEnrollment Booths – Explore and compare schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your application and/or enroll online.Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations. RSVP Here! East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International, Oakland, CA 94621

DECEMBER 9, 2017  |  8:00am to 2:00pm BROTHER’S CODE boys and young men of color in middle and high school are invited to join us to learn more about the skills and networks that can guide them to exciting opportunities within the tech sector. Volunteer at our annual #BrothersCode event on Saturday, December 9 in #Oakland. Click the link to learn more and get involved: http://www.hiddengeniusproject.org/events  Youth participants will:Play with technology while practicing coding and programming skills, Explore the vast range of career opportunities within the tech sector, Learn about the various education pathways that can lead to participation in the tech sector, Investigate the various ways they can leverage technology to strengthen their communities and reach their goals, Network with enthusiastic tech sector professionals from a range of backgrounds Merritt College, 12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA 94619

12/11 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention​ ​Prospective​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​Parents: Visit​ ​ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601. Come​ ​see​ ​the​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​happening​ ​at​ ​ICS! Guided​ ​tours​ ​are​ ​available​ ​on​ ​the​ ​following​ ​dates:

12/13 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention​ ​Prospective​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​Parents: Visit​ ​ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601. Come​ ​see​ ​the​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​happening​ ​at​ ​ICS! Guided​ ​tours​ ​are​ ​available​ ​on​ ​the​ ​following​ ​dates:

12/13 4:00-5:00 Achieve Academy Info session (pre-K-5) Join Achieve Academy’s Info Session!Learn more about the school and meet the staff, For more information, please call 510-904-6440. Achieve Academy1700 28th ave, Oakland, CA 94601 United States

12/13 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.

December 14th,at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

December 14th,9:00am10:00Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8) Join Lazear Charter Academy ! Learn more about the school and tour the campus!

12/15 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here.

December 15th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

12/16 Strengthening the Arts Education Ecosystem Join teaching artists, program directors, and arts administrators who make up our landscape of arts education as we explore the question: What does a sustainable arts education ecosystem look like in the Bay Area? Facilitators Aimee Espiritu and Mika Lemoine will help us discover the answer and work toward that vision.

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. Defremery Recreation Center 1651 Adeline st, Oakland, CA 94605

12/18 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.

December 19, 20179:00 AM – 9:45 AM PST Francophone Charter School Tours for 2018-19 by Francophone Charter School of Oakland Venez visiter l’école ! School tours include a couple of class visits while school is in session, an overview of the school, and a “Questions and Answers” session with our Executive Director Heidi Hughes. We look forward to meeting you soon. A bientôt ! Francophone Charter School of Oakland, 9736 Lawlor Street, Oakland, CA 94605

December 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm Latitude High School 37.8 – Parent Information Session, by Latitude High School 37.8 If you want to attend a small, innovative school that supports you to achieve your college and career goals by doing rigorous, engaging projects in the city of Oakland, then we want you to apply to be a part of our community at Latitude. Learn more about Latitude here: https://www.latitudehigh.org/

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities” BEO Leading Voices presents “Sustaining Community for Our Future” a fireside chat with a group of our community’s most brilliant thought leaders sharing visionary insights in response to the massive migration of black people moving out of California, with a particular focus on the Bay Area. With gentrification, incarceration, lack of jobs rapidly growing, ideals to sustain our community is vital for us to envision how we are to support our families, grow neighborhoods, and build innovative businesses with emerging opportunities, industries and technologies. Join Us!

12/22 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here.

1/9 5:00-7:00 PM OUSD Middle School Enrollment Fairs – Enrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll, MLK school, 960 10th st ,Oakland, California

1/10 OUSD Middle School Enrollment Fairs – Enrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll, Elmhurst Community / Alliance School, 1800 98th ave Oakland, California

January 11th, at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

1/12 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here.

January 12th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

January 18th,at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

January 19th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

January 21st, 9:00am10:00-Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8) Join Lazear Charter Academy ! Learn more about the school and tour the campus!

Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth

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! http://ow.ly/A8Ix30gXK8m  pic.twitter.com/zyudeP8RFw

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 at smash.lpfi.org. To learn more visit www.lpfi.org/smash.

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]

 

Everything Oakland Education from Week of December 1st

Our weekly recap of all the education news from Oakland and beyond, lots of OUSD budget coverage, the beginning of open enrollment for Oakland public schools, a look at Oakland’s newest school, student narratives, getting foster youth to schools, the Latino achievement gap, and the OUSD report out on Latino/a achievement, when students bully, the lack of evidence on vouchers, these and much much more please take a look and share

Oakland students, parents, teachers rally against proposed budget cuts

Choosing the Best Oakland Public School for Your Child; a Q & A with EnrollOak.org

Angry crowd protests proposed $15M Oakland school budget cuts

With Lead in the Water in Oakland Schools, There Are Two New Laws Parents Should Know About

Parents and Teachers Angry Over OUSD Budget Cuts

Tinkering Towards a Takeover in Oakland Unified

Oakland SOL- the Movie

Layoffs likely, no guarantee classrooms will be spared in wake of $15M-Oakland school crisis

Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

My Success is Personal

America Allows Their Islamophobia To Control Their Perception Of Muslims

New D.C. schools chancellor under scrutiny for overspending in California district he led

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Latino/a Student Achievement; Bringing Equity to My community

Judge issues ruling on Albany High online posting lawsuits

Getting foster youth to schools — LA County contracts with HopSkipDrive to meet ESSA requirements

Leading Democratic candidates for California governor back universal preschool

California’s pension reform has been left unfinished

San Jose: Muslim teacher wearing head scarf repeatedly bullied by students

California Schools Tackle Achievement Gaps of Largest Demographic in State: Latino Students

Will 2018 Be the Year of the Education War Inside the California Democratic Party?

Declaring a truce in the charter versus district school wars

Fizz! Pop! Bang! Teachers find new science standards fun, but costly

The best of the rest

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving at Home

Black Boys and Academic Excellence: An Unlikely Match In The Minds of Too Many Teachers

TRANSPORTATION REMAINS A BARRIER TO CHOICE, CHARTER SCHOOL ACCESS

‘Precious Little Evidence’ That Vouchers Improve Achievement, Recent Research Finds

Encouraging students to make mistakes to improve math outcomes

Benefits of early childhood education persist into high school, study says

Oakland

Oakland students, parents, teachers rally against proposed budget cuts As the date approaches for the Oakland Unified school board to decide where to cut $15.1 million from the budget, parents, teachers, students and school staffers continue to urge board members to keep the bleeding as far away from children as possible.

Choosing the Best Oakland Public School for Your Child; a Q & A with EnrollOak.org– It’s school choice season in Oakland and it is easier than ever to access both district and charter public school applications.  Especially with the prospect of school closings, families need to be more active than ever in making sure they find the best possible school for their child.

Angry crowd protests proposed $15M Oakland school budget cuts  An angry crowd of Oakland parents, teachers and students rallied outside the Oakland Unified District school voard budget meeting Monday before entering the room with signs and loud chants saying “Cut from the top.”

With Lead in the Water in Oakland Schools, There Are Two New Laws Parents Should Know About Lead contamination levels exceeding four times the federal health standards in water were discovered at Glenview Elementary School in Oakland recently. This was one of the seven public school sites in the Oakland Unified School District, where contamination levels of toxic metal in water were discovered.

Parents and Teachers Angry Over OUSD Budget Cuts-T he Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is preparing to approve $15 million in budget cuts this school year at a special school board meeting on Monday, hoping that these immediate reductions will give the district the financial cushion it needs to stay afloat.

Tinkering Towards a Takeover in Oakland Unified– It was another appropriately emotional school board meeting in Oakland as the youth, community, and staff dressed down the OUSD board.  Budget cuts are hitting schools and it hurts, with a second round of mid-year cuts to come.

Oakland SOL- the Movie– a great look at Oakland’s newest school

Layoffs likely, no guarantee classrooms will be spared in wake of $15M-Oakland school crisis The Oakland Unified School District superintendent said Wednesday that layoffs are likely one of the many solutions to reducing costs following a sudden announcement earlier this month that the district must cut $15-million from its budget to remain fiscally solvent.

Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting Many blame the school board for not holding former Superintendent Antwan Wilson accountable for overspending on administrative salaries and outside consultants.

My Success is Personala student narrative- My name is Gadeer, and I’m passionate about my education. My primary goal in life is to be successful. I try to only surround myself with successful people that believe in achieving goals.

America Allows Their Islamophobia To Control Their Perception Of Muslims Every time Islam or Muslims are brought up in school or the media, the story isn’t good. It gets worse for me. Being the only Muslim in all of my classes forces me to feel distant from both my classmates and my teachers.

New D.C. schools chancellor under scrutiny for overspending in California district he led But just a few months after Wilson left Oakland, the perennially troubled district is in such severe financial straits that the Board of Education on Nov. 8 ordered $15.1 million in immediate budget cuts — on top of millions of dollars in reductions made earlier in the year.

 

California

Latino/a Student Achievement; Bringing Equity to My community-Latina Oakland graduate came back to hear the Office Of Equity’s report out on Latino/a achievement and she reflects on her experiences, what she learned, and the ongoing work to be done, please take a look and share

Judge issues ruling on Albany High online posting lawsuits– A United States District Court judge in San Francisco issued a divided ruling this week on a portion of a case involving an Instagram account created by a former Albany High student that had several racist memes posted on it.

Getting foster youth to schools — LA County contracts with HopSkipDrive to meet ESSA requirements HopSkipDrive, a child-focused ride-sharing company, announced Tuesday a partnership with Los Angeles County’s Office of Education (LACOE) to transport foster youth to school.

Leading Democratic candidates for California governor back universal preschoolIn what would be a significant shift from Gov. Jerry Brown’s position on early education, the four leading Democratic candidates running to replace him next year say they are committed to offering universal preschool in California.

California’s pension reform has been left unfinished  CalPERS and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System have only about two-thirds of the assets they would need to pay the benefits they owe to state workers. The two pension systems are now asking schools and local governments to contribute more from their budgets to cover pension costs, and that means there will be less money available to pay for education and basic services

San Jose: Muslim teacher wearing head scarf repeatedly bullied by students The latest attack came after Fischer recorded multiple instances of harassment, with students making derogatory comments and threatening gestures during the spring semester at Berta, a classroom aide and an after-school supervisor, all women who wear a hijab, the Muslim head scarf. Berta — who has counted 15 incidents beginning in January — has filed a grievance and a formal complaint with the Alum Rock Union School District.

California Schools Tackle Achievement Gaps of Largest Demographic in State: Latino Students– The challenges begin early. As the report explained, Latino three- and four-year-olds are less likely than Whites, Asians or African-Americans to attend preschool because of a lack of affordable preschool options and a dearth of early childhood workers who can speak other languages than English.

Will 2018 Be the Year of the Education War Inside the California Democratic Party? One would think that in the midst of the Trump era, with so many threats not just to essential government policies and programs but to democracy itself, Democrats would have a pretty clear idea of who their enemy is.

Declaring a truce in the charter versus district school warsWe live in a time of inflamed rhetoric where it somehow seems permissible to denigrate people who may not share our views without ever actually listening to them. Particularly when it comes to public schools, I’m hoping we might listen a little more and shout a little less.

Fizz! Pop! Bang! Teachers find new science standards fun, but costly That’s been popular with students and teachers who say it’s a more effective way to learn science than studying textbooks and memorizing facts, but the cost of all those underwater robots and exploding chemicals has left some teachers wondering how they can successfully implement the standards with ever-restricting budgets.

The best of the rest

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving at Home– Part of my holiday ritual used to be a prison visit, thankfully that’s done for me, but continues for millions of others, and is an unnecessarily painful experience.

Black Boys and Academic Excellence: An Unlikely Match In The Minds of Too Many Teachers– He didn’t want to participate in the spelling bee to begin with. The shock everyone blatantly displayed about the fact that he was a runner-up in his class spelling bee had rubbed him the wrong way and added to an already unfortunate situation

TRANSPORTATION REMAINS A BARRIER TO CHOICE, CHARTER SCHOOL ACCESS– CPRE also found that limited public transportation systems in Camden and Oakland, California make it very difficult for high school students to take a city bus to get to class. Meanwhile, families in Atlanta and New Orleans reported safety concerns.

‘Precious Little Evidence’ That Vouchers Improve Achievement, Recent Research Finds But newer research on large-scale voucher programs has complicated the debate over private-school choice—policies which allow families to use public money or aid to attend private schools, including religious ones.  What does the research say? In a nutshell: The most recent findings are mixed, but they lean more toward negative.

Encouraging students to make mistakes to improve math outcomes No one has all the answers, but in the San Francisco Unified School District, our math curriculum emphasizes teaching students to persist using a mindset that allows them to make and learn from mistakes. Often, that involves creating a classroom atmosphere that allows students to take risks with their thinking without fear of being laughed at or corrected.

Benefits of early childhood education persist into high school, study says Participation in high-quality early childhood education has persistent effects on academic performance and might save a lot of money for school districts, according to a new study out Thursday