Racism in Class; Learning a Damaging Behavior–A Young Teacher’s Story

(A guest post from F’tahn Bey a young Black public school educator in Oakland, you can hear from him at our SoBEO event on 10/20 at Geoffrey’s) In education, we imagine school to be a safe and equitable place, but  as a young Black male educator my experience has been very different. I taught Ethnic … Continue reading Racism in Class; Learning a Damaging Behavior–A Young Teacher’s Story


Housing Solutions for Our Most Vulnerable Students; What Schools and Districts Can Do

Oakland’s homeless epidemic is largely a Black problem. According to an Alameda County Survey, “almost 70 percent of the people living on Oakland’s streets are black. Yet black people were 28 percent of Oakland’s 2010 census population.”   It is even more bleak if you are in the foster system, in Alameda County more than half, … Continue reading Housing Solutions for Our Most Vulnerable Students; What Schools and Districts Can Do


I Bet on East Oakland–Why I am Running a Write in Campaign for the School Board in District 6—By Anthony Wilson

(This is a guest post from Anthony Wilson, candidate for D6 school board, I offered to allow any of the candidates to post on my blog, and that offer is still open) When I decided to run for Oakland School Board in District 6, it was precisely for the reasons why others would not: the … Continue reading I Bet on East Oakland–Why I am Running a Write in Campaign for the School Board in District 6—By Anthony Wilson


School-Life Navigation: Surviving the Tracking and Inequality–A Student’s Journey

(A guest post by Edrees Saied an Oakland public school graduate and Energy Convertor Alumni) For students of color, school can be a pathless land. A land covered with a very thin layer of ice that breaks and swallows you when you make a wrong step. Being the only one in my family that can take my … Continue reading School-Life Navigation: Surviving the Tracking and Inequality–A Student’s Journey


Questions and Answers on the OUSD Bailout Bill

The State recently passed a “bailout” bill for OUSD that would ease the coming fiscal crisis.  Here Nima Tahai, GO’s director of educator leadership, breaks down the bill and the implications for Oakland, you can also see a video here that covers some of the same content. What is the so called bailout bill and … Continue reading Questions and Answers on the OUSD Bailout Bill