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
9/11– OUSD 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
9/12– OUSD 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
9/14–Training 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 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.
9/12 Ongoing-Just a few days until LearnStorm starts on September 12! Sign 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.
9/21–Charter 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.
9/23–Oakland Public Education Fund Gala-: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/gala/
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.
10/2-6- 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
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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.