What’s Happening in Oakland Education the Week of November 13th

Everything Oakland education– Open enrollment has started for next school year, choose the best school for your child, Board meetings, the Office of Equity updates of Latinx and API achievement, Mills looks at the conditions for adult learning, education for liberation, undoing racism, opportunities to help educators and to get involved in Oakland education please read and share

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This Week 

Open enrollment for charter and district schools for 2018 has begun, find the best school for your child

11/13 Meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

11/13 Measures A, B, and J Independent Citizens’ School Facilities Bond Committee

11/14 LATINO/A STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

11/14 Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission

11/14 Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning

11/14 PVO Benefit Dinner at Sheba Ethiopian

11/14 ACOE Board Meeting

11/15 Education for Liberation

11/16 ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT11/16 Meeting of the District English Language Learners’ Sub-Committee
11/16 Measure N – College and Career Readiness Commission

11/16 Local Control and Accountabilty Plan (LCAP) English Learner (EL) Parent Sub-Committee

11/17 Board of Education

11/17 Undoing Racism Workshop for IBPOC

11/18 Oakland Community Block Party

11/18 ( Youth Empowerment Summit) YES 2017 Registration | Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network

Further Out

11/28 Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee

11/30 Designing Making Experiences

11/30 OPEN MAKER BAR HOURS: PLANNING FOR SPRING SEMESTER

11/30-1/9 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities

Opportunities / Funding for Educators

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

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

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

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

Oakland Ed Fund’s winter coat drive for newcomers

This Week

Open Enrollment for the 2018 school year has started for both the OUSD district schools and public charter schools, you can see the portals and school finders here and can apply to your choice of district or charter schools, there are more choices than ever and its more important than ever that families find the right school for their child.

For the OUSD schools- Families can also find most relevant information on the OUSD website, www.ousd.org/enroll. There is information about how to apply, when schools are having open houses, where and when upcoming enrollment fairs are happening and details on the District’s Student Welcome Centers.

Those Welcome Centers are Lakeview at 746 Grand Avenue and East Oakland at 1125 69th Avenue. All are welcome to visit. You can also reach the OUSD Welcome Center by calling 510-879-4600 or emailing [email protected].

For Charters

11/13 5:30PM – Community Advisory Committee-Programs for Exceptional Children Library – Acorn Woodland Elementary School – 1025 81st Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621 Meeting detail

11/13 6:30PMMeasures A, B, and J Independent Citizens’ School Facilities Bond Oversight Committee KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Meeting details

11/14 3:00PM – Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Meeting details

11/14 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM- LATINO/A STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Fremont High School 4610 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601 Join us for the Latino/a Student Achievement Community Update event. OUSD Office of Equity’s Latino/a Student Achievement (LSA) Initiative will be sharing preliminary findings, recommendations and action steps from their listening campaign. We’ll discuss Latino/a student and family engagement, access to quality preschool, English language learner reclassification, Central American student and family support, and Latino/a educator recruitment and retention. We thank all of our LSA community partners for their continued support throughout the listening campaign process. REGISTER

11/14 5PM  –PVO Benefit Dinner at Sheba Ethiopian 375 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612 Come eat delicious food and support Parent Voices at the same time! 25% of proceeds go directly to supporting PVO. This is a fun and tasty way to support our efforts to bring affordable child care to every family in Oakland. 

11/14 6:30PM – ACOE Board Meeting Regular meetings of the Board are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward. Any exceptions to the regular schedule are announced through the ACOE website.

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.

11/15 7:00PM-9:00PM – Education for Liberation. The Greenlining Institute 360 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612Education for Liberation: The Role of Political Education in the PAIGC’s Struggle for Independence and the Lessons for Today. Center for Political Education and LeftRoots are proud to host a conversation with thinker and activist Sónia Vaz Borges. Sónia, who is of Cape Verdean descent, is a leading scholar on the education programs at the core of Amilcar Cabral’s national liberation struggle in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau during the 1960s and 70s. Sónia will help us develop a useful understanding of what militant education is, how it worked in the international struggle against colonialism in Africa, and its lessons for movement building today.

11/16 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Roosevelt Middle School Gym 1926 E. 19th St., Oakland, CA 94606 Join us in celebrating the founding of the OUSD Office of Equity Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement (APISA) Initiative, APISA’s 2017 Youth-led Participatory Research Team, and APISA’s Collaborative and community leaders. The APISA Student Research Team will report out on API students’ needs, share best practices and solutions across OUSD, and honor community leaders who are lifting up our API students. We invite families, students, staff and community members to join us! REGISTER

11/16 1:00PM – Measure N – College and Career Readiness Commission Suite 300-Jack London Conference Room, 1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 (Special Meeting – Retreat) Meeting details

11/16 5:00PM – Local Control and Accountabilty Plan (LCAP) English Learner (EL) Parent Sub-Committee Global Family – 2035 40th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601 Meeting details

11/17 9:00AM – Board of Education KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Special Meeting Meeting details

11/17-1/19 Undoing Racism Workshop for IBPOC UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP for
Artists, Activists, & Educators who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or of Color
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17– SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017 (Must attend all 3 days.) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 10, 2017
Full 2 ½ Day Workshop:
(Fri. 6pm-9pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm) Location: The Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland CA 94612 …
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. This workshop utilizes a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

11/18 12PM – 5PM Oakland Community Block PartyThe California Endowment recently opened the doors to its permanent Oakland office! We are proud to be a permanent fixture of the vibrant Oakland community, and to join in partnership with the many leaders, residents, artists, youth, and organizations advancing health and justice for all. Join us as we celebrate our grand opening with a community block party! We are shutting down Franklin Street (between 20th & 21st) for an exciting afternoon full of Oakland’s finest in music, art and cuisine! Featuring live must see performances, a family health fair, local Oakland market place, and interactive art exhibits by EastSide Arts Alliance, Alena Museum and The Scraper Bike Team.

11/18 ( Youth Empowerment Summit) YES 2017 Registration | Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network-The 13th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led.will be held Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at Mission High School, located at 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Further Out

11/28 5:30-7:30 pm – Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee Parker Elementary, 7929 Ney Ave, Oakland, CA 94605

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.

11/30 OPEN MAKER BAR HOURS: PLANNING FOR SPRING SEMESTER At Peralta Hacienda “Every Human Being Makes History!” From 11/11-11/13, StoryCorps will be in residence at the Hacienda to preserve your personal histories involving immigration and/or DACA/DAPA, and contribute to the preservation of both museum and community heritage. If you would like to participate please contact us.

11/30-1/9 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.

Tours are at 10:15, require an RSVP and are on the following dates:
Thursday, November 30
Tuesday, December 5
Wednesday, December 13
Monday, December 18
Tuesday, January 9

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.

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining CommunitiesBEO 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!

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]

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

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 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.

Oakland Ed Fund’s winter coat drive for newcomersAn $18 donation can buy a new coat–In 2015, we were inspired to organize our first newcomer coat drive by Guatemalan 1st-grader Henry, who showed up to school soaking wet and told his teacher, “I want to learn. The rain cannot stop me.” Oakland public schools continue to welcome a growing number of recent immigrant students, many of whom are refugees and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in their countries of origin. They face so many challenges, but a warm coat doesn’t have to be one of them: just $18 can buy a winter coat that will keep a newcomer warm, dry, and better prepared to focus on learning. With your support, we’re aiming to purchase 300 coats this year. Simply click the “Donate” button below, tell us how many coats you’d like to donate, and enter your payment info. We’ll take care of delivering the coats to students who need them most.

 

The Oakland Education Roundup from November 11th

This week’s news–several looks at the OUSD budget challenges and some of the background, flat state test scores and large and persistent achievement gaps for Latinx students, California teacher empowerment, the need to reform Prop 13, opportunities for educators and ways you can help, and much more, please take a look and share

Oakland

An update from the Superintendent on the budget and lead in district water. Connecting with Kyla – November 2017

Democratic powerhouse Tony Podesta struck it rich with Oakland schools

The OUSD Budget Slide you need to See and the Coming Storm

Potential Solutions to OUSD’s Budget Crisis

An Open Letter from a Former OUSD Leader Supporting Latitude Charter High School

ACLU: Allow ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs in Alameda schools

OUSD Supt. Overspent Budget for Administrators, Nearly 100 Percent

Fearless Latina Student Leader Aims for a Seat on the State Board of Education

 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

The GIRL Project Shine Workshop

East Bay Children’s Book Project Is in Peril

Now is the time to find and apply to the right school for your child!

Best of the Rest

MyWays: What learners need to thrive in a world of change

What can states learn about teacher empowerment from California?

Reform Prop. 13 to increase California’s investment in public education

No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories

State board asked to reject history textbooks that fall short on LGBT contributions

Stagnant California test scores pose problem; state board may rejigger how to rate districts

Latino students lag far behind whites in every county in California, new study shows

Opinion: California needs better oversight of charter schools that taxpayers fund

Math festivals help elementary students – and their families – see math as fun

Before You Get Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline, Hear Me Out

This Black Owned Tech Mentorship Program Just Got $1M from Google

Educator Opportunities 

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

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

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

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 

Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman 

Oakland 

An update from the Superintendent on the budget and lead in district water. Connecting with Kyla – November 2017 OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell provides an update on the budget and shares information about the water.

Democratic powerhouse Tony Podesta struck it rich with Oakland schools Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, who is stepping down from the firm that bears his name after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, has a political reach that extends to the Bay Area.

The OUSD Budget Slide you Need to See and the Coming Storm

Tonight will be another OUSD meeting addressing the budget crisis, looking backward and doing a post mortem on the causes and looking to the present year.

Potential Solutions to OUSD’s Budget Crisis What can OUSD do about its budget crisis? We offer up some ideas in this #OUSDBudget series post.

Fmr. OUSD Supt. Overspent Budget for Administrators, Nearly 100 Percent administrators and consultants grew dramatically during the three years of Supt. Antwan Wilson’s administration and regularly exceeded the adopted budget

An Open Letter from a Former OUSD Leader Supporting Latitude Charter High School Here Aaron Townsend, a successful former OUSD school and district leader, shares his support for the Latitude 37.8 Charter High School petition that is up for vote.

Fearless Latina Student Leader Aims for a Seat on the State Board of Education-A guest cross-post by Alma Renteria and our sisters at Lacomadre.org Gema Quetzal, a student leader from Oakland, is competing for a seat on the State Board of Education.

ACLU: Allow ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs in Alameda schools The ACLU of Northern California wants the Alameda Unified School District to allow Black Lives Matter signs and stickers on campuses

Will your child be entering TK, K, 6th or 9th grade next school year? Or is your family interested in other OUSD options? Now is the time to find and apply to the right school for your child!

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 

California

What can states learn about teacher empowerment from California?

Opportunities to develop teacher leadership can build a sense of agency and lead to increases in student achievement.

Reform Prop. 13 to increase California’s investment in public education-As a result of chronic underfunding, California’s teachers are becoming increasingly over-burdened and students are not receiving the quality public education they need.

State board asked to reject history textbooks that fall short on LGBT contributions-Two K-8 texts by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt did not comply with state’s History Social Science Framework, according to Instructional Quality Commission.

Stagnant California test scores pose problem; state board may rejigger how to rate districts-State may change color configurations on the school dashboard to reduce the number of districts and student subgroups requiring county assistance.

Latino students lag far behind whites in every county in California, new study shows There is not a single county in California where the majority of Latino students are proficient in math or English language arts, according to a report released Monday.

Opinion: California needs better oversight of charter schools that taxpayers fund-California spends billions on charter school facilities at the expense of regular public schools that often show better results for students.

Math festivals help elementary students – and their families – see math as fun Across the state, a growing number of elementary schools are hosting math nights and festivals for students and families to show that math is fun.

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.

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.

Best of the Rest 

MyWays: What learners need to thrive in a world of change-This 2 minute video provides a high-level overview of the MyWays Project, describing the urgent need for K-12 education to respond to the accelerating changes in our world that acutely affect today’s young people.

No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories-Betsy DeVos haters can rejoice it seems: The secretary is planning to resign from Trump’s cabinet, according to a much-shared Salon story. But it’s not true.

 Before You Get Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline, Hear Me Out I’m concerned about the growing backlash against what are referred to as “no excuses” schools. Too often, critics depict overly-rigid approaches to discipline.

 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]

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 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

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 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

Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman

Lazear is raising money to buy books for students! Our 3rd-8th graders are implementing a new literature curriculum where students learn to read and annotate in their books.

 

 

What’s Happening in Oakland Education the Week of November 6th and Beyond

This week– The OUSD board and budget issues, many school tours and informational nights as enrollment season heats up, Central American identities, PLAN’s organizing meeting, an opportunity to help newcomers with winter coats, that and much more please take a look, share, and get involved

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Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman

Help Newcomers by buying them coats

Lazear is raising money to buy books for students! Our 3rd-8th graders are implementing a new literature curriculum where students learn to read and annotate in their books.

This Week

11/6 PLAN’s Organizing Committee OPEN MEETING

11/6 Disaster Preparedness Community Meeting

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

11/7 Bridges Academy Family Science Night/Engineering Extravaganza

11/7 Central American History & Identity: Past and Present

11/8 PLAN Power Lunch Webinar Funding in Statewide Equity Systems

11/8 Redwood Heights Elementary School – Fall 2017 Tour

11/8 Edna Brewer Evening Informational Event

11/8 Board of Education Regular Meeting

11/8 Glenview Elementary Information Night for Incoming Kinder and TK Families

11/8 Skyline Prospective Family Night

11/9 Summit’s Platform in Oakland

11/9 Oakland High School Prospective Family Night

 Further Out

11/14 LATINO/A STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

11/14 Creating the Conditions for Teacher Learning

11/14 PVO Benefit Dinner at Sheba Ethiopian

11/15 Education for Liberation

11/16 ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

11/16 ( Youth Empowerment Summit) YES 2017 Registration | Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network

11/17 Undoing Racism Workshop for IBPOC

11/18 Oakland Community Block Party

11/30 Designing Making Experiences

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities

 Opportunities / Funding for Educators

 Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

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

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

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

Help Newcomers by buying them coats

This Week

11/6 5:30PM- 8PMPLAN’s Organizing Committee OPEN MEETING Help us prepare for Nov 8th OUSD Board of Education meeting.  Bay Area PLAN is part of the Justice for Oakland Students Coalition (J4OS).  Please help us by signing our latest petition to prevent hurtful cuts directly affecting OUSD students.  Click here for more information!

 11/6 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Disaster Preparedness Community Meeting. This evening will present an overview of Oakland’s Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Efforts and Programs.

It will include a hands-on emergency planning exercise to get your family, friends, and
neighbors prepared. Montera Middle School 5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA 94611The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.

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

11/7 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Bridges Academy Family Science Night/Engineering Extravaganza

Science and activities and challenges for families to enjoy together! Bridges Academy at Melrose 1325 53rd Avenue Oakland, CA 94601The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.

 11/7 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central American History & Identity: Past and Present

Fremont High School Library 4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601 Enter on 47th Avenue uphill from Foothill PLEASE PARK ON STREET (OFF CAMPUS). A presentation for educators who serve Central American students and families. In Partnership with the UC Berkeley Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS), the OUSD ELLMA office invites you to learn more about the historical context impacting migration from Central America, its connection to US policy, and the complex, intersectional identities of students from the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

  • UC Berkeley Professor Rebecca Herman will provide an overview of the historical and political context of the current situation in the Northern Triangle.
  • Students from the UC Berkeley group “Central Americans For Empowerment” will present and lead a discussion on identities in Central America.
  • A question and answer time for participants to engage with the presenters.

11/8 12:00 PM – PLAN Power Lunch Webinar Funding in Statewide Equity Systems: What is Local Control Funding Formula? Topic: PLAN Power Lunch Webinar – Funding in Statewide Equity Systems. The Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, gives school districts the autonomy to decide which programs and services to spend state funding on. Find out more details of how LCFF works within California. Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

11/8 – Redwood Heights Elementary School – Fall 2017 Tour THIS VISIT IS NOW ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH.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.

8:45-9:05AM Welcome and School Overview

9:05-9:40AM Classroom Observations of personalization, including small group instruction, online learning, and maker education

9:40-10:00AM Q&A with leadership & teachers (and maybe students!)

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.

11/8 4:00 PM – Board of Education Regular Meeting The Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

11/8 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM -Glenview Elementary Information Night for Incoming Kinder and TK Families Glenview Elementary is hosting an Information Night for families of prospective kindergarteners and transitional kindergarteners at Glenview’s temporary Santa Fe location.
A simple dinner will be served and childcare for ages 2 is available. Please RSVP Glenview Elementary (at Santa Fe) 915 54th Street (at Market Street) Oakland, CA 94608The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.

* Meet the dedicated kindergarten and TK teachers and the principal.
* Learn about our curriculum and enrichment programs.
* Visit a kinder or TK classroom in our temporary home at the Santa Fe campus.
* Hear about the plans for our brand new school building.
11/8 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Skyline Prospective Family Night. Skyline High School invites 8th grade students and their families. Every year we open our doors to new students from all over Oakland. We would like to provide each student and their family with the information necessary to make an educated decision about whether Skyline is the right school for them. Important dates for Skyline’s Prospective Families are Information Night on November 8, Skyline’s Campus Tours in November and December and our Student Panel Question and Answer Session on January 13. Families can register for one of our group tours online.

Location: Skyline High School Theatre 12250 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers. 

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

Urban Promise Academy, Oakland

11/9 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Oakland High School Prospective Family Night

Join us for Prospective Family Night at Oakland High School. All families are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Location: Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA

Further Out

11/14 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM- LATINO/A STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Fremont High School 4610 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601 Join us for the Latino/a Student Achievement Community Update event. OUSD Office of Equity’s Latino/a Student Achievement (LSA) Initiative will be sharing preliminary findings, recommendations and action steps from their listening campaign. We’ll discuss Latino/a student and family engagement, access to quality preschool, English language learner reclassification, Central American student and family support, and Latino/a educator recruitment and retention. We thank all of our LSA community partners for their continued support throughout the listening campaign process. REGISTER

11/14 5PM  –PVO Benefit Dinner at Sheba Ethiopian 375 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612 Come eat delicious food and support Parent Voices at the same time! 25% of proceeds go directly to supporting PVO. This is a fun and tasty way to support our efforts to bring affordable child care to every family in 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.

11/15 7:00PM-9:00PM – Education for Liberation. The Greenlining Institute 360 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612Education for Liberation: The Role of Political Education in the PAIGC’s Struggle for Independence and the Lessons for Today. Center for Political Education and LeftRoots are proud to host a conversation with thinker and activist Sónia Vaz Borges. Sónia, who is of Cape Verdean descent, is a leading scholar on the education programs at the core of Amilcar Cabral’s national liberation struggle in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau during the 1960s and 70s. Sónia will help us develop a useful understanding of what militant education is, how it worked in the international struggle against colonialism in Africa, and its lessons for movement building today.

11/16 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Roosevelt Middle School Gym 1926 E. 19th St., Oakland, CA 94606 Join us in celebrating the founding of the OUSD Office of Equity Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement (APISA) Initiative, APISA’s 2017 Youth-led Participatory Research Team, and APISA’s Collaborative and community leaders. The APISA Student Research Team will report out on API students’ needs, share best practices and solutions across OUSD, and honor community leaders who are lifting up our API students. We invite families, students, staff and community members to join us! REGISTER

11/17-1/19 Undoing Racism Workshop for IBPOC UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP for
Artists, Activists, & Educators who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or of Color
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17– SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017 (Must attend all 3 days.) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 10, 2017
Full 2 ½ Day Workshop:
(Fri. 6pm-9pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm) Location: The Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland CA 94612 …
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. This workshop utilizes a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

11/18 12PM – 5PM Oakland Community Block PartyThe California Endowment recently opened the doors to its permanent Oakland office! We are proud to be a permanent fixture of the vibrant Oakland community, and to join in partnership with the many leaders, residents, artists, youth, and organizations advancing health and justice for all. Join us as we celebrate our grand opening with a community block party! We are shutting down Franklin Street (between 20th & 21st) for an exciting afternoon full of Oakland’s finest in music, art and cuisine! Featuring live must see performances, a family health fair, local Oakland market place, and interactive art exhibits by EastSide Arts Alliance, Alena Museum and The Scraper Bike Team.

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.

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining CommunitiesBEO 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!

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]

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

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 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

Oakland Ed Fund’s winter coat drive for newcomersAn $18 donation can buy a new coat–In 2015, we were inspired to organize our first newcomer coat drive by Guatemalan 1st-grader Henry, who showed up to school soaking wet and told his teacher, “I want to learn. The rain cannot stop me.” Oakland public schools continue to welcome a growing number of recent immigrant students, many of whom are refugees and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in their countries of origin. They face so many challenges, but a warm coat doesn’t have to be one of them: just $18 can buy a winter coat that will keep a newcomer warm, dry, and better prepared to focus on learning. With your support, we’re aiming to purchase 300 coats this year. Simply click the “Donate” button below, tell us how many coats you’d like to donate, and enter your payment info. We’ll take care of delivering the coats to students who need them most.

Content found here is sometimes copied out of the newsletters from Board members, particularly Jody London and Shanthi Gonzales

Oakland Education Roundup from the Week of November 3rd

Looking back on everything Oakland this week, the teacher of the year, keeping cuts away from students, parent and student narratives, OUSD’s lead problem, the effects of traumatized students on teachers, bullying of Muslim students is up, racial disparities in discipline persist, meeting recaps, funding for educators, ways you can help and much more please take a look and share

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Contents-Oakland

Triumph for West Oakland Elementary Kids

Oakland’s Graduate Capstone Project: It’s About Equity

Reflections of a Muslim Girl Growing in Oakland Unified

VIDEO: In Oakland We Believe in the Greatness of Our Black Male Students

“I Was Failed Once by the School System” Oakland Parent Is Finding Her Voice and Power

Controversy Surrounds Lynch Practicing with High School Team

Oakland Educator Fights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students –

Oakland Entrepreneur Pays Forward Mentoring She Received On Her Way Up

OUSD Teacher of Year uses power of communication to reach children with disabilities

Oakland parents, activists call on schools to get the lead out of water 

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

The GIRL Project Shine Workshop

East Bay Children’s Book Project Is in Peril  

Meeting recaps

Budget and Finance Committee

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

Urban Promise Academy in Oakland – Fall 2016 Tour

ACA Open Enrollment

Best of the Rest

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

Report: bullying of Muslim students on the rise

New Orleans’ School System Has Failed Its Students Post-Katrina

Does Paying Kids to Do Well in School Actually Work?

Response: Using Social-Emotional Learning to Challenge ‘Systems of Oppression’

You Can Be Teacher of the Year and Still Get Fired for Being Gay

Suspension, expulsion rates fall sharply in California, but racial and ethnic disparities remain

Educator Opportunities

Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. 

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

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

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 

Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman

Oakland 

Budget and Finance Committee met on 10/30, see the meeting details here

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.

TRIUMPH FOR WEST OAKLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS – Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project Caltrans blockade released after advocacy, resolution, and agreement.

Oakland’s Graduate Capstone Project: It’s About Equity – Young Whan Choi discusses how the use of a districtwide Graduate Capstone Project is an integral part of OUSD’s commitment to graduating all students prepared for college, career, and community.

Reflections of a Muslim Girl Growing in Oakland Unified – By: Meelan Mohsin one of Oakland’s Energyconverters (Meelan was the writer on this story reporting another student’s experience.

VIDEO: In Oakland We Believe in the Greatness of Our Black Male Students – A guest cross post from Bankh Akintunde who is a native of Oakland and the Manhood Development program instructor at West Oakland Middle School.

“I Was Failed Once by the School System” Now This Oakland Parent Is Finding Her Voice and Power – A guest post from Lisa Babbitt and Oakland parent describing her experiences and why she joined The Oakland REACH Do you know how impossible it can feel to play in a game when you don’t know the rules? You get dismissed, pushed out, left feeling defeated.

Controversy Surrounds Lynch Practicing with High School Team – Suspended Oakland Raiders star running back Marshawn Lynch suited up and practiced with football players this week at his alma matter at Oakland Tech High.

Oakland Educator Fights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students – Oakland educator Chynna Wilson has taught and supported 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Oakland Entrepreneur Pays Forward Mentoring She Received On Her Way Up – An East Bay woman who reaped the benefits of having been mentored as a teen has now made it her mission to encourage and inspire girls through her own mentoring.

OUSD Teacher of Year uses power of communication to reach children with disabilities – At Redwood Heights, Taymuree has been running a program for children with learning disabilities.

Oakland parents, activists call on schools to get the lead out of water – Oakland parents and community activists called on school officials Wednesday to adopt a policy that ensures students have access to safe drinking water.

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

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.

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.

California

Report: bullying of Muslim students on the rise – The Council for American-Islamic Relations has reported more Muslim students are being bullied at schools in California.

Response: Using Social-Emotional Learning to Challenge ‘Systems of Oppression’ – Today’s post on the role of race and equity in Social Emotional Learning is “guest-hosted” by Mai Xi Lee, the Director of Social Emotional Learning for the Sacramento Unified School District.

Suspension, expulsion rates fall sharply in California, but racial and ethnic disparities remainNew state data shows 46 percent drop in school suspensions over the last five years. The suspension rate for African American students in 2016-17 was 9.8 percent.

Best of the Rest

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too – Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.

New Orleans’ School System Has Failed Its Students Post-Katrina – Many of the parents and children who’ve returned after being battered and displaced by the hurricane still feel abandoned by our city.

Does Paying Kids to Do Well in School Actually Work? – With at least a decade of research on incentives in K-12 schools, here’s what’s been learned about using cash and other rewards and how schools deploy these ideas now.

You Can Be Teacher of the Year and Still Get Fired for Being Gay – I feel I’m way too young to say I have a place in history, but it is LGBT History Month and I am staking claim. 

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]

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 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

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 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

Click here to support Literacy for Lazear Students! organized by Kaitlin Friedman

Lazear is raising money to buy books for students! Our 3rd-8th graders are implementing a new literature curriculum where students learn to read and annotate in their books.

What’s Happening in Oakland Education the week of 10/30

Get involved in Oakland education, many important events this week, today the OUSD budget and finance committee meets, and later on a history conference, school tours, the Man Up conference, the Day of Service, and please remind families and community the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment opens on 11/1, that and much more please take a look and share

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This Week

10/30 5:00 PM Budget and Finance Committee

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

11/4 Office of Equity Forum: ManUp Youth Conference

11/4 Day of Service 

Further Out

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

11/8 Edna Brewer Evening Informational Event

11/9 Summit’s Platform in Oakland

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. 

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

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here

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 

This Week

10/30 5:00 PM –  Budget and Finance Committee 1809 Mississippi Ave Kenner, LA KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

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.

11/4 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.

11/4 – Day of Service -WHAT IS A DAY OF SERVICE? Project Peace East Bay’s Day of Service offers the opportunity to put in a few hours of sweat equity — contributing with your hands, feet, and sweat — to build up and take ownership of the communities we live in.

Further Out

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 SchoolsUrban 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.

12/16 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]

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

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 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.