Who Gets Paid and Who Gets Played in the Digital Gold Rush

When the West Oakland Post Office was built and displaced 300 mostly Black families “not a single black plumber, operating engineer, sheer metal worker, ironworker, electrician or steamfitter was hired for construction.  When the Bay Area Rapid Transit subway system (BART) was built in 1967 not a single African American skilled worker was hired to work…


Update on OUSD’s In-person Learning Options

  September 23, 2020 Dear Oakland Community,  As you may have heard, Alameda County was recently moved into the state’s Red Tier due an improvement in the County’s Covid indicators. Below, I will review what that means for us as well as the current options that exist for Oakland Unified School District to allow students back…


Getting Distance Learning Policy Right; How OUSD Can Bridge the Digital Divide and More

Tonight OUSD will vote on a plan to end the digital divide in Oakland.  It’s a good first step and one we need.  Despite a rocky road to the vote, it’s a good policy, that reflects the values of OUSD.  Now we have to put it into practice. Oakland’s families need Internet for All—they need…


Statement from Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe on Alameda County Moving to Red Tier

View in your browser Leer en español Contact: Michelle Smith McDonald, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, [email protected], (510) 670-4163 September 22, 2020 Alameda County moved into the Red Tier Tuesday under the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In order for schools to consider re-opening to in-classroom instruction, the county must remain in the…


Today’s Kids Are Hurting, How Can We Bounce Back, Looking at Six Building Blocks to Resilience

A guest post from Jennifer Dhillon is the CEO of the non profit, Bounce Back Generation which supports resilience in California children. For some students and families COVID is another challenge in a long string of adversities that are impacting educational achievement. Trauma caused from ongoing childhood adversities can be pervasive in many of our…