Oakland Education This Week and Beyond –Preview for September 18th

Our regular look at what’s happening in Oakland, this week and beyond- The first CAC meetings, OUSD’s Budget and Finance Cmte, the Office of Equity reception, Education 101 in Oakland, the first Black Girl Power conference, school tours, the Latinx read in, funding and training for educators and some great opportunities for you to help Oakland students, educators and more, please take a look and share

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9/18 First meeting of the community advisory committee for programs for exceptional children-530 Cole Auditorium 1011 Union Street Oakland , CA- you can see the agenda here

9/18 6:00 budget and finance committee meets at the KDOL studio at MetWest 314 East 10th St., Oakland CA 94607 while key inserts weren’t yet included, this has important information from FICMAT on the district’s tenuous financial status, you can see the agenda here

9/19 5:00 measure N commission meets at KDOL studio at MetWest 314 East 10th St., Oakland Ca 94607, the agenda can be found here

9/19 Growth Heartset”: Establishing a Culture of Caring -How do we wake up our young people to who they are and what their lives can become? What if we need to develop a new “growth heartset” to compliment and enhance a positive “growth mindset”? Come and learn skills for developing a new “growth heartset” in our teaching and learning. This interactive session focuses on shaping successful learning environments that thrive upon a foundation infused with caring, connectivity, and proven SEL practices.

9/20 6:30 Measure G Commission meets at KDOL studio at MetWest, 314 E. 10th St, Oakland Ca 94607, agenda is here

9/21– Fraud Prevention Oversight – Best Practices. This workshop is designed for Board members as well as for Principals, Directors and Business Managers.  Attendees will be able to interact with representatives from FCMAT and discuss: Internal controls and how to properly institute them, Best practices and red flags, Other related oversight issues, CCSA Oakland office 10 AM – 2 PM

9/21Charter School Board Member Training on Brown Act and Conflict of Interest laws OFQS and Urban Montessori Charter School are co-hosting a charter board member training on the Brown Act and Conflict of Interest laws. Please RSVP to UMCS’ Board Chair, Greg Klein, at [email protected] if you plan to attend.  September 21st from 5:00-7:00pm Urban Montessori Charter School – Monarch Butterfly Library, 5328  Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619

9/23Oakland Public Education Fund Gala-: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/gala/

Sign up for school work days with the Ed Fund: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/back-to-school-days/

9/26 5-8-OUSD Office of Equity reception Hear from our Equity Directors who are leading the charge and meet the entire team at an upcoming reception: Gallery E14 472 9th Street, Oakland, you can RSVP here

9/26 Oakland Public Education 101 6:00 p.m.  In the first of a six-part series, come get an introduction to the facts and forces that shape public education in Oakland. How did we get to where we are, and what is the fight about? SPUR Oakland,1544 Broadway, OaklandCA 94612 Admission Free for SPUR members$10 for non-members

9/28 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Lighthouse Creativity Lab Tour: MS/HS Tours are a great way to see what making looks like integrated into a classroom.During the tour, we will discuss the Lighthouse Creativity Lab program, see making in at least one class, answer questions, and hear a little about your plans.The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is a K-12 program that supports maker-centered learning at Lighthouse Comunity Public Schools, and the greater Oakland area. The mission of the Creativity Lab is to support educators to turn learning over to students, deepening understanding of content and developing agency. Lighthouse Community Charter Public School (K-12)444 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621

9/29th-30th Inaugural Northern California Autism Symposium Brings Research, Advocacy Experts to Northern California-In partnership with The Yellow Door, Regional & Continuing Education at California State University, Chico will present the Inaugural Northern California Autism Symposium on Sept. 29 and 30 on the University campus. The program will include concurrent sessions and a keynote address for professionals and parents/guardians of individuals and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Session topics include family relationship building, behavior modification, whole health, incorporating social skills in movement activities, and teaching motor skills at home, among others.

9/30 – The Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network will host by invitation our second regional Bay Area Family Engagement Convening on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The main purpose of this convening is to bring together organizations from across the Bay Area to assess progress (successes, gaps, and challenges) in creating family engagement and organizing in cities regionally.  You can register here

10/2 Edna Brewer Morning Tours 2017-2018– If you are a parent or guardian of an upcoming 6th-grader, please join us for a tour of Edna Brewer Middle School. Come and learn about the academic and extracurricular programs that make our school a top choice for Oakland families. You will visit classrooms and the campus, followed by a Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of Brewer administrative staff, parents of current students, and a panel of 6th-8th grade students.

10/2-10/6, 2017 Latinx Literature read in-In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves—and all of their classmates—in the books they read. To honor Latinx Heritage Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of Latinx writers and illustrators. From , schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.

10/5th “Education for All: Serving California’s Most Vulnerable Children.” Edsource’s annual conferencel looking at what schools and communities can do to ensure that all students succeed, especially in the wake of California’s landmark reforms and how current federal policies may undercut them. A major goal of the symposium will be to look at successful strategies to break down silos in how schools serve these populations, and to create schools as “safe havens,” not just for students from immigrant backgrounds, but for all students.

10/7 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – OUSD’s Black Girl Power Conference. Click HERE to register. The Oakland Unified School District, Office of Equity and African American Female Excellence are proud to present the 1st Annual Black Girl Power Conference. The goal of the BGPC is to activate the power of Black girls and young women. This conference will present workshops focusing on the particular experiences of Black girls and young women through: love, cultural enrichment, life skills development, academic and professional development, womanhood development, career development and more.

10/12 – Mills Teacher Scholars Gather Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Join Mills Teacher Scholars at Mills College on October 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a gathering of current teacher scholars, Mills Teacher Scholars’ alumni, and friends. Enjoy dinner and wine while you learn, share, and connect with colleagues from around the Bay. We encourage you to invite friends and colleagues. Please RSVP soon–we have a limited number of spaces. More info and registration here

10/17-18- What is Waldorf-Inspired Trauma-Sensitive Education? by Mr. Bernd Ruf Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6pm – 7pm How To Care For the Care Giver by Dr. Christopher Huditz, MD, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6pm – 7pm at the Community School for Creative Education 2111 International Boulevard, Oakland California

11/1 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  Sat, November 11, 2017,12:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST Location=California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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.

11/30 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.

Opportunities/Funding for educators

Mini Grants-A to Z Fund mini-grants aim to change that. We believe kids who come to school with less need more, and we know a little extra funding can make a big difference.  If you work in an Oakland public school (OUSD- or charter-managed) and have an idea that would help you, your class, or your school accomplish even more this school year, we want to help you make it happen!

Apply by September 15, 2017 and you could receive up to $1,500 for your project. We know you’re busy, so the application takes just minutes to fill out, and you’ll get your funds quickly once approved.

Just a few days until LearnStorm starts on September 12Sign up todayso your students can experience the learning, fun, and celebration of LearnStorm from the very beginning.Sign up for LearnStorm The earlier you sign up and get your students practicing, the better chance you and your classes will have to earn one of our limited supply of prize boxes.P.S. You’ll still be able to sign up and participate after September 12, but why wait?

10/15 – School Retool Fellowship Application: Oakland Winter 2018 Cohort Educate78’s School Design Lab and the Rogers Family Foundation, in support and collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, are excited to announce a second Oakland-based School Retool. Cohort.School Retool is open to school leaders in public schools throughout Oakland. We are seeking leaders who want to change the status quo of public education, are passionate about access to Deeper Learning for all students, are willing and ready to try out a new, immersive learning experience, and are committed to fully participating in the work of the fellowship. You can find more info here

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 prinicpals, teachers and families* Enrolllment 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.

Ways You Can Help

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

Huber was an Education for Change student, and is now an Education for Change teacher in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. He and his family represent Oakland at its best, and in the early hours of Friday, September 8th, they awoke to their home on fire. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but you can imagine the pain, stress, frustration, and anger in seeing your family home on fire. We are asking that you donate whatever you can to help Huber and his family respond to this loss quickly so that he can resume the job he loves and support his family.

Help spread the word! https://www.gofundme.com/hubers-home-rebuilding-fund

 

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 st… read more 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 Give to this classroom

 

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…. read moreMy students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed

Give to Mr. Davis

 

 

 

The Oakland Education Roundup week of 9/15

Our weekly look back on what’s happening in Oakland education, here we have footage from the Sanctuary Schools conference, good analysis on the “too many schools” question, profiles of the challenges our homeless students face, reviews of the OUSD meetings, a “dreamer’s story” and much more Oakland education news, take a look and share

Oakland

Important look at our homeless youth and the need to do better by them (including by charters) Being homeless takes a big toll on kids in the classroom. Today, more than 1.3 million children and youth across the country fit that legal definition. Oakland Unified struggles to help homeless students as numbers soar 

Good look at the data and research on the “too many schools problem” Check out these 7 facts about the question: Does Oakland have too many schools? Does Oakland have too many schools?

One of Oakland’s most impactful programs is showcased here Oakland program empowers African American boys to success Empowering African American boys to succeed in school and in life is the goal of a unique initiative at the Oakland Unified School District.

Salesforce Gifts $12.2M to Expand Computer Science in S.F., Oakland Public Schools – EdSurge News. Salesforce has been a strong partner in supporting public schools in Oakland, wish more businesses saw themselves as stakeholders and advocates for the schools– we need it in Oakland.

Salesforce has made a significant investment in schools, good look at Roosevelt, Salesforce.org is leading the way as it’s committed to helping the students of Oakland Unified School District Roosevelt Jr High School

 Footage from the Sanctuary Schools conference– hundreds of educators, students, and community members came together to begin building “a movement of unafraid educators who are prepared to stand up with our families and empower students to be allies for one another.” Local artist and activist (and OUSD alumna) Favianna Rodriguez gave an inspirational keynote address that linked the current political climate in our country with economic inequality, migration patterns and ecology.  You can see the plenary speakers, including Ms. Rodriguez, here. (I took this from Jody London’s newsletter). You can see some testimony in this brief video in which our immigrant students express their feelings about the current climate and their hopes for the future. You can learn more about Oakland’s commitment to being a sanctuary school district here.

Many upcoming educational events and opportunities for educators in Oakland listed here

Listen to a long time equity advocate and community organizer Mirella Rangel talk about community organizing, including the 1Oakland project she’s just launched at GO Public Schools Oakland Advocates : https://www.thegrproject.com/podcasts/mirella

Mid year transfers are lower at charter schools than at district schools, this blog compares the numbers from CDE

Audit Committee Met on 9/11 view the meeting agenda here

Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission held a meeting on 9/12 see here for agenda.

Measures A, B, and J Independent Citizens’ School Facilities Bond Oversight Committee met on 9/12 take a look at the meeting agenda.

Lots of important issues at this week’s board meeting– topping the list is the OUSD budget, take a look at the summary from GO Public Schools GO Public Schools Oakland Advocates

GO Board Watch: September 12, 2017 | GO Public Schools Oakland

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has made a real difference in Oakland schools An Oakland Foundation Invests $3 million in Oakland Public Schools | East Bay Express The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, an Oakland-based philanthropic organization, recently announced that it has invested $3 million in 39 district and charter schools

Testing showed that Mack had elevated lead levels, Oakland’s Superintendent Guarantees Clean Drinking Water at McClymonds High School – Oakland Post

 Great program to help elevate community voices of East Oakland residents— know anyone?  The Oakland Voices community journalism project is recruiting East Oakland residents for 2017-2018 class. Oakland Voices recruiting for 2017-2018 program eastbaytimes.com

California

Our plan to the feds (the ESSA plan) has been critiqued for not being transparent enough California’s education plan must be more transparent about student performance. State can support schools and districts without shame and blame while also showing clearly how students are doing

 Three crucial debates to follow at September’s California State Board of Education meeting Big questions on the State Board’s agenda–the release of testing data, the state’s ESSA plan, and questions on how the state should help underperforming districts. It’s the California State Board of Education’s last chance to change the federal plan it will turn in to Betsy DeVos.

California policy is finally catching up to the research Bilingual education advocates celebrate first new policy for English language learners in 20 years. The State Board of Education adopted the first new language policy in 20 years — the English Learner Roadmap, an online resource for school districts that will help.

How Can California Keep the DACA Dream Alive? States need to step up when the feds fall down. There might be little the state can do to offset one particular component of the damage.

What’s on the state board’s agenda -Facing a Sept. 18 federal deadline, the State Board of Education will vote on adopting the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act on the first day of a two-day meeting. That issue is Agenda Item 4. Also to be discussed are a revision to the state “dashboard” of school and district performance indicators, which will go online this fall, and an update on how state and county agencies are coordinating efforts to assist schools and districts with low performance (Item 3). Go here for the agenda; to listen to the webcast, starting at 8:30 am, go here.

Best of the Rest

Unbelievable they would block this… Congressmen Target ‘Relic of Ugly History’ in Education Spending Bill Members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to strike language that bars school districts from using federal funds to cover the transportation costs. A little-known provision buried deep in every education spending bill since at least 1974 bars school districts from using federal funding to cover the transportation costs of racially desegregating schools. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the top Democrat on the House education committee, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus want it gone. Scott tried to introduce an amendment scrapping the language to an education spending bill currently under consideration in Congress. But the amendment was nixed by the House Rules Committee, a gatekeeper panel that decides what changes lawmakers can offer to a particular bill once it reaches the House floor.

“My mother brought me to the United States when I was two years old. Imagine a single mother crossing the border with a toddler. Every step we took, we took together. “by Juan Casas Journey of a Dreamer and Engineer – Great School Voices The true stories of our dreamers, please read and share

Fewer Students Transfer Out of Oakland’s Charter Schools Mid-Year, Than From District Schools

There is and inconvenient truth in the Oakland public school wars, students at charter public schools are less likely to transfer mid-year than those at district schools.  I know that if you just listened to the so called debate, you would not know that. But that is what the California Department of Education’s data says.  And if we are to address the very real problems in Oakland education we need to start with real facts.

OUSD Board meetings had several anecdotes from speakers and even board members about charter schools discharging students mid-year en masse.  But when I researched that (as best I could) it is fake news.  And with all the problems Oakland has, I would hope we could at least do our homework before we start to make policy decisions on the basis of rumor.

 “Continuous enrollment” data for Oakland’s public school sectors

The Ed Code defines “continuous enrollment” as “student enrollment from Fall Census Day (first Wednesday in October) to the first day of testing without a gap in enrollment of more than 30 consecutive calendar days.”  So basically you are at the school from the Fall until the testing in Spring.

The continuous enrollment rates for public schools located within Oakland are…drumroll please…

Year Charter continuous enrollment Non charter continuous enrollment
2016 94.8% 87.4%
2015 94.6% 84.1%

Those are the facts pulled from CDE, well someone else asked the academic accountability unit, since it wasn’t posted publicly.

If someone has a better data set I would love to see it and be happy to include it.  I also know that this does not answer every question, and as I have argued we need a better research base that actually follows the academic careers of individual students in a more nuanced way.  We don’t know whether these are higher needs students, or why they left.

I also believe that some of the anecdotes are true, for charters and for district schools.  I have written about my own challenges with charter enrollment before and have had my share of crazy questions from school leaders who wanted to get rid of kids.

I have also gotten those former district kids at my charter schools who, “needed a smaller environment.”  These students tend to come with big thick student files, and equally thick academic deficits.  There was a recent article where San Diego Unified admitted to pushing high needs students into charters.  And I have supported district kids in fighting unfair disciplinary proceedings.  This flow goes both ways, and without better data it’s hard to say exactly what the trends are.

But that hasn’t stopped some from spouting off, even though the data contradicts their statements.

The accountability we need

We do need more accountability in school admissions and assuring families are treated fairly.  I have long argued for greater statistical tracking of students, follow ups when families leave schools asking quickly why, and the use of testers to make sure that charters are open admission.

Similarly I have argued for the breaking down of traditional neighborhood boundaries, and district boundaries within the traditional public schools, as well as reduction or elimination of entry tests.

And we need to think hard about how we create level playing fields at schools for all families.  Where sometimes the few Black and Brown families at the Hills schools, are forced to assimilate, check their identity at the door, and experience a first class school like a second class citizen.

I don’t have all the answers.  But in district seemingly on the brink of a state takeover, with immense achievement gaps, a disproportionate number of school facilities, an existential threat to a huge segment of our families from Washington, and 20 other assorted threats, I would just hope that we can at least start with the facts and move from there.  We have real problems to worry about, wasting time on fake ones, does just that, wastes time.

I personally have had enough alternative facts.

I would hope that the OUSD board and the public have too.

 

Journey of a Dreamer and Engineer

by Juan Casas

My mother brought me to the United States when I was two years old. Imagine a single mother crossing the border with a toddler. Every step we took, we took together. Thank God we got to Los Angeles where we took refuge in a distant cousin’s home. As every immigrant begins one working day and night to get ahead, I remember my early years going from house to house because there was no one to take care me while my mother worked. Shortly after my mother met the man who decided to spend the rest of his life with her, I had a father, and soon my first sister arrived.

At 16, I started to work because I wanted to help contribute to my family. My first job required me to start work in the middle of the night. My shift  was from 2:00 AM to 12 PM. This was an opportunity for me to help my family, and I was paid in cash because of my legal status.

A few years later, I graduated from Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School, and I then started my first official classes at East Los Angeles Community College. It was a long journey until I earned my bachelors of science degree in electrical engineering in 2015 from Cal State University, Los Angeles. I had to work two jobs to pay for my college education. While I spent long hours in the library or at home studying as my family slept, the goal was clear that I needed to continue to pushing ahead. Several times I slept in the school parking lot because giving up was not an option. Finally, I became the first college graduate in my family. I was proud of what I had accomplished, but I knew that this was just the beginning.

When I was 22 years old, on June 15, 2012, President Obama made the announcement the DACA program. This changed my life like many other students who also have a similar story to tell about being undocumented in the US. We have not given up because the journey is long, but we also have faith that everything will fine. In supporting DACA, we support the future of our community.

If there is not a solution to DACA, I, like 800,000 other DREAMers will lose our work permits as the program phases out. We will also lose our jobs and the ability to contribute to our families, communities, and the greater economy.

The next few weeks and months ahead will be crucial given President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. I ask that people continue to support DACA and people with stories similar to my own.

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Oakland Education Preview August 11

This week in our education preview, we have blueprint meetings, OUSD and ACOE Board meetings, the inaugural Black Girl Power conference, establishing a “Growth Heartset,” funding and training opportunities for educators, an autism conference, the Latinx read in, Waldorf and Trauma, volunteer opportunities and much more

 9/11OUSD Audit Committee 6:00PM KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

9/12- OUSD Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission 4:00PM KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

9/12OUSD Measures A, B, and J Independent Citizens’ School Facilities Bond Oversight Committee 6:30PM KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291

 9/12- ACOE Regular Meeting: September 12, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. Location: Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.

From September 5th to 12th, the documentary film Most Likely To Succeed will screen worldwide. Audiences can watch via free online broadcast, schools and community hosts can screen the film at no charge, and anyone can pre-order a copy of the film for their class, library, school system, or community. Throughout the week, organizers will also feature stories of the film’s impact in classrooms across the country, and share new, easy ways to experiment with innovation in your schools. Complete this sign up form.

 9/13- OUSD Board of Education– 4:00PM The Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Montera Middle School, 5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA 94611

 9/13-14 What’s on the state board’s agenda -Facing a Sept. 18 federal deadline, the State Board of Education will vote on adopting the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act on the first day of a two-day meeting. That issue is Agenda Item 4. Also to be discussed are a revision to the state “dashboard” of school and district performance indicators, which will go online this fall, and an update on how state and county agencies are coordinating efforts to assist schools and districts with low performance (Item 3). Go here for the agenda; to listen to the webcast, starting at 8:30 am, go here.

  9/13-16 The Blueprint for Quality Schools process has community dialogues coming up they will be held across the city between September 13th and September 16th. Click here to R.S.V.P. for one of the following meetings and participate in this important conversation:

September 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bret Harte Middle School, 3700 Coolidge Avenue

September 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Blvd

September 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Think College Now (Cesar Chavez Center), 2825 International Blvd

September 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street #290

September 16, 9:00-11:00 am at McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street

 9/14Training for charters public schools on dealing with social media – CCSA Oakland office Time: 10 AM – 1 PM.  News headlines highlight problems with Social Media posts that spill over into the school environment. Students have harassed, bullied and threatened other students and have made defamatory comments about teachers. Employees, in turn, have made derogatory comments about students, parents, and even their colleagues and the school. Learn the key (and permissible) elements of a school social media policy and how to respond to inappropriate social media postings by students, staff or parents

 9/15–Agency​ ​by​ ​Design​ ​Oakland​ ​Teacher​ ​Fellowship,​ ​2017​ ​-​ ​2018 Agency by Design Oakland is gathering a cohort of Oakland educators to participate in a professional learning community focused on maker-centered learning and teacher-led classroom inquiry. This fellowship will take place from October 2017 – May 2018. Program details and the application form are below. All applications should be submitted by September 15; accepted applicants will be notified by early October- more info here

 9/15- Opportunities/Funding for educators Mini GrantsA to Z Fund mini-grants aim to change that. We believe kids who come to school with less need more, and we know a little extra funding can make a big difference.  If you work in an Oakland public school (OUSD- or charter-managed) and have an idea that would help you, your class, or your school accomplish even more this school year, we want to help you make it happen! Apply by September 15, 2017 and you could receive up to $1,500 for your project. We know you’re busy, so the application takes just minutes to fill out, and you’ll get your funds quickly once approved.

 9/12 Ongoing-Just a few days until LearnStorm starts on September 12Sign up today so your students can experience the learning, fun, and celebration of LearnStorm from the very beginning. Sign up for LearnStorm  The earlier you sign up and get your students practicing, the better chance you and your classes will have to earn one of our limited supply of prize boxes.

P.S. You’ll still be able to sign up and participate after September 12, but why wait?

 9/16 REINVENT THE PUBLIC COMMONS noon–7pm Creating Commons Festival 2017, 64th and Marshall Streets, Oakland. This free, family-friendly street festival offers plenty of fun and practical activities: educational tutorials, swaps, garden installations, and live art and music. Learn about community organizations, bicycle culture, and the Justice Zone: an evolving collaboration with local leaders focused on the retention of long-term Oakland residents. The event is a collaboration between PLACE for Sustainable Living and various neighborhood organizations. They’ve drawn inspiration from City Repair’s Village Building Convergence, Sunday Streets, Oakland’s Art Murmur, and the mini Maker Faires. Free, but donations welcome. Info: here 

9/19 “Growth Heartset”: Establishing a Culture of Caring – Oakland by Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation– How do we wake up our young people to who they are and what their lives can become? What if we need to develop a new “growth heartset” to compliment and enhance a positive “growth mindset”? We may think that their minds are ready to learn, but what may not be ready are our students’ “hearts”. As Aristotle wrote, “educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” When the heart is set in a healthy and compassionate place, the mind is more open and prepared to learn. In order to experience the benefits of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), we need to move beyond principles and curricula. How do we instill SEL in both ourselves as practitioners and in our programs’ culture so that we teach and lead by authentic example? Come and learn skills for developing a new “growth heartset” in our teaching and learning. This interactive session focuses on shaping successful learning environments that thrive upon a foundation infused with caring, connectivity, and proven SEL practices.

9/21– Fraud Prevention Oversight for Charter Public Schools – Best Practices, CCSA Oakland office 10 AM – 2 PM. This workshop is designed for Board members as well as for Principals, Directors and Business Managers.  Attendees will be able to interact with representatives from FCMAT and discuss: Internal controls and how to properly institute them, Best practices and red flags, other related oversight issues.

 9/21Charter Public School Board Member Training on Brown Act Open Meeting  and Conflict of Interest laws – 5:00-7:00pm Urban Montessori Charter School – Monarch Butterfly Library, 5328 Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619. OFQS and Urban Montessori Charter School are co-hosting a charter board member training on the Brown Act and Conflict of Interest laws. Please RSVP to UMCS’ Board Chair, Greg Klein, at [email protected] if you plan to attend.

 9/23Oakland Public Education Fund Gala-: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/gala/

Sign up for school work days with the Ed Fund: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/back-to-school-days/ School Volunteer Fairhttps://www.facebook.com/events/290155664755088/

 9/29th-30th Inaugural Northern California Autism Symposium Brings Research, Advocacy Experts to Northern California-In partnership with The Yellow Door, Regional & Continuing Education at California State University, Chico will present the Inaugural Northern California Autism Symposium on Sept. 29 and 30 on the University campus. The program will include concurrent sessions and a keynote address for professionals and parents/guardians of individuals and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Session topics include family relationship building, behavior modification, whole health, incorporating social skills in movement activities, and teaching motor skills at home, among others.

 9/30 – The Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network will host by invitation our second regional Bay Area Family Engagement Convening on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The main purpose of this convening is to bring together organizations from across the Bay Area to assess progress (successes, gaps, and challenges) in creating family engagement and organizing in cities regionally.  You can register here

10/2Edna Brewer Morning Tours 2017-2018– If you are a parent or guardian of an upcoming 6th-grader, please join us for a tour of Edna Brewer Middle School. Come and learn about the academic and extracurricular programs that make our school a top choice for Oakland families.

You will visit classrooms and the campus, followed by a Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of Brewer administrative staff, parents of current students, and a panel of 6th-8th grade students.

10/2-6- Latinx Literature read in-In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves—and all of their classmates—in the books they read. To honor Latinx Heritage Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of Latinx writers and illustrators. From , schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-aloud in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.

10/5- Conference in Oakland: http://symposium.edsource.org/ on “Education for All: Serving California’s Most Vulnerable Children.” We will look at what schools and communities can do to ensure that all students succeed, especially in the wake of California’s landmark reforms and how current federal policies may undercut them. In this timely response to widespread fear and anxieties, we will focus on what schools can do to best serve our most vulnerable students, including children from immigrant families facing the threat of deportation. But we will also look at other vulnerable populations, including special education students, LGBTQ students, and those at risk of dropping out —and how California can play a leadership role in ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and the workplace. A major goal of the symposium will be to look at successful strategies to break down silos in how schools serve these populations, and to create schools as “safe havens,” not just for students from immigrant backgrounds, but for all students.

10/7– First Black Girl Power Conference. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click HERE to register. The Oakland Unified School District, Office of Equity and African American Female Excellence are proud to present the 1st Annual Black Girl Power Conference. The goal of the BGPC is to activate the power of Black girls and young women. This conference will present workshops focusing on the particular experiences of Black girls and young women through: love, cultural enrichment, life skills development, academic and professional development, womanhood development, career development and more.

 10/12 – Mills Teacher Scholars Gather Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Join Mills Teacher Scholars at Mills College on October 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a gathering of current teacher scholars, Mills Teacher Scholars’ alumni, and friends. Enjoy dinner and wine while you learn, share, and connect with colleagues from around the Bay. We encourage you to invite friends and colleagues. Please RSVP soon–we have a limited number of spaces. More info and registration here

10/15 – School Retool Fellowship Application: Oakland Winter 2018 Cohort Educate78’s School Design Lab and the Rogers Family Foundation, in support and collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, are excited to announce a second Oakland-based School Retool. Cohort.School Retool is open to school leaders in public schools throughout Oakland. We are seeking leaders who want to change the status quo of public education, are passionate about access to Deeper Learning for all students, are willing and ready to try out a new, immersive learning experience, and are committed to fully participating in the work of the fellowship. You can find more info here

 10/17-18- What is Waldorf-Inspired Trauma-Sensitive Education? by Mr. Bernd Ruf Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6pm – 7pm How To Care For the Care Giver by Dr. Christopher Huditz, MD, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6pm – 7pm at the Community School for Creative Education 2111 International Boulevard, Oakland California

11/1 Decolonizing California History Join us in our November lecture to deconstruct the mainstream narrative about the history California.  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Let’s examine this narrative from a decolonized lens.  By California Indian Museum and Cultural Center  Location: California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403

 11/1-12/15 Affordable Care Act 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.  If you need insurance or have families that do please visit here

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.

 

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