Three Quarters of Oakland Families want One Enrollment System, Why Is OUSD Changing That?

OUSD is embarking on a fundamental change to the way that families enroll in public schools.  One that will make it even more complicated, requiring families to go to two separate websites to apply to district schools and charter schools.  Before it makes a move, it should ask families what they want, because last time…


Why Alameda County’s Vaccine Rollout is Bound to Fail the Most Vulnerable, and How We can Fix That

Mam speakers in Oakland had a 27% positive antibody test rate.  The highest of any subgroup, but unless they have internet, and email, and speak English, there is no practical way for them to get in line for vaccine.  And they are not alone, the County’s current process relies on signing up on a website,…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 1/18-1/24

Last week, inspiring stories from our youth, from their role in MLK day, to a new movie, to a teen app creator, a talk with homeschoolers, OUSD starts to do affordable housing, some amazing support for Mam speakers, Lighthouse moves towards universal dyslexia screening, why DEI work with teachers doesn’t work, its school choice time…


OUSD Early Literacy Newsletter January 2021

Join Us: Literacy Summit & Family Workshop on Feb. 18Greenleaf students celebrating books, pre-COVID.Our second Literacy Summit and Family Workshop is coming up soon on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 – 6:00p.m. Join us to learn about:The state of literacy in OUSDOur literacy progress based on middle of the year assessmentStrategies to support reading at home with your…


Lighthouse steps up to screen students for dyslexia

Every child is different and those differences can include the ways the children learn to read. Whether we identify those learning differences early and respond to them can make all the difference. Dyslexics are overrepresented in self made millionaires and prison inmates, the difference is in whether that so called “neurocognitive” difference is identified and addressed. Locally, Palo…