The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/4-11/10

Last week, the latest scores are out and so is analysis, it is open enrollment so parents looking for a school for next year should be applying– we have some views on that, a parent implores us to focus on saving students and not systems, community building in the Kaiser/Sankofa community, lots on the school…


Building the Sankofa/Kaiser Community; Starting with a Soap Box Racer and How You Can Join In

Community building begins face to face, and amidst the tantrums and disruptions of the Sankofa/Kaiser merger, some parents are working on building that community. It started with a simple gesture, building a soap box racer, and it is growing. A guest post by Oakland parent Reginald Moseley Saturday, October 12 2019: Ajarrey Shelton of Sankofa…


Where Does Cultural Competency and Quality Fit into CA’s Teacher Credential? A Black Teacher Wonders

A guest post by Oakland teacher Marquise Evans, aka “Quis,” on the challenges of getting the technical teaching credential and how little it tends to mean for students “Quis, does a credential make one a qualified educator for scholars of melanin descent?” *Then the background choir beautifully sings… “H********* NAWWWW!” Absolutely, Not! I ask myself this…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 10/28-11/3

last week, lots of coverage on the disruption of the OUSD board meeting, a look at Black displacement, how Aurum Prep hired 75% Black male teachers, a look at historical Oakland school communities, the impact of AAMA, a “thriller” on Halloween at OUSD, SBAC scores are out and much more, please read share and get…


Celebrating The Critical Importance of Black Educators and Getting More of Them in Oakland

One relatively simple and costless reform could decrease Black dropout rates by roughly a third, increase all Black students’ expectations around going to college, increase significantly the percentage of Black students in gifted classes, while also increase student engagement for youth of all races. We just need to hire, retain and develop more Black teachers. …