Great School Voices’ Oakland Education Preview- Week of 8/21

Our regular look at upcoming educational events in Oakland and regionally.  This week, OUSD’s first day of school, OUSD and County Board meetings, free video game programming class for kids and more.  If you have an event you would like to include please email me.

8/21 OUSD first day of classes New Superintendent To Take Part in Events During Tour of District – The first day of classes in Oakland Unified School District’s 2017-18 school year is Monday, August 21 and new Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell will be touring the District to meet with students, staff and families, take in the eclipse with students and take part in several exciting events, including a visit to Oakland’s newest school, Oakland School of Language (SOL).

8/22 Alameda County Office of Education board meets at 6:30, you can see the board agenda here, it is noticed as a Closed Session meeting looking at interdistrict transfer appeals.

8/23-OUSD has a board meeting.  The agenda for the meeting is here.  Check out GO’s Board watch for more detail on the meeting content, but some items of note are enrollment stabilization and also some fiscal health reporting.

8/26- Scratch Video Game Programming for KidsOakland’s video game museum, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) has 10am to 11:30am Saturday morning game programming classes for kids. No previous experience is needed. Kids use the free Scratch programming tool (which you can check out at ) to create a simple game project. The minimum participation age is 9, and the usual age range is 10 to 15 years old.

Every Wednesday Free Haircuts with Good Grades  Beast Mode, 811 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607.  Marshawn Lynch is rewarding students’ academic success with free haircuts.  Anyone from kindergarten to 12th grade can receive a cut for no charge on Wednesdays by bringing a report card. To view an article concerning it, click here.

 Further out

September is Attendance Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Engagement = Attendance to emphasize the important role that everyone can play in creating a welcome and engaging school environment that motivates students and families to come to school every day. Teachers and school staff can access a wealth of tools and information at the Attendance Works, including the Count Us In! Toolkitfree webinars, and a way to sharehow their organization or school community will be participating.

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. In addition, virtual panels and Q&As will be hosted with experts from the film and other thought leaders in 21st century education. 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. To get more information on how to participate–including how to sign-up to host a screening–complete this sign up form.

9/9Sanctuary schools conference- Bringing Sanctuary to the Classroom is a convening by Oakland educators, for Oakland educators who are prepared to stand up for our families and empower our students to be allies for each other.  This event will include: Keynote Speaker: Artist Favianna Rodriguez, Sat, September 9, 2017, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM PDT Add to Calendar LOCATION-Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607

9/9Great Oakland Public Schools Block Party— GO Oakland will be hosting its first Block Party on September 9th from 1pm to 4pm at the 100 Block of Linden Street in Oakland. The event will feature food from local vendors, drinks, great music, and kid-friendly activities. In addition, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell will share some of her priorities for the years ahead.

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-:

Sign up for school work days with the Ed Fund:

School Volunteer Fair: and flyer attached

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