The blueprint survey, the Office of Equity reception, LCAP meetings, an OUSD board meeting, Oakland Education 101, an autism conference, the maker fair, the school retool fellowship, opportunities to help educators, the police explorers program for youth, that and much more in our weekly look ahead in Oakland ed
OUSD needs your input! Complete an online survey by Monday, September 25th! Your input will help inform options that OUSD considers including: Changing school buildings, Expanding, merging or closing schools, Changing the way Central Office supports schools
Monday 9/25, evening at the Coliseum, the OUSD Honor Band will be playing the national anthem before the A’s game. This is significant because they did the same thing last September 20 and set off a national firestorm because they took a knee during the song.
9/25 5:30-8 p.m.- Special Education Study Session: Quality Schools for Special Education
Hosted by the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the LCAP Parent and Student Advisory Committee Howard Elementary School 8755 Fontaine St., Oakland, CA 94605 Participants will explore the following questions: Which schools are most attended by Special Education students? How do we know which schools provide wide support for Special Education students? What must we understand about existing school communities to best support the diverse needs and experiences of students with disabilities? How can Special Education families inform the LCAP and Blueprint for Quality Schools processes for the benefit of Special Education students and their peers?
9/26 5:30-7:30 p.m. -Foster Youth Advisory Committee
Westlake Middle School 2629 Harrison St, Oakland, 94612 Current and former foster students, foster parents and caregivers, community advocates for foster youth, LCAP leaders, staff, and other community members of the Foster Youth Advisory will begin to map their work in the following chosen areas of focus for 2017-18: Developing a post-graduation transition planning process for foster youth in OUSD, Providing support in the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans for foster youth with disabilities who need Special Education and their caregivers, Developing a leadership and mutual support group for foster students.
9/26 6:00 p.m. – Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 See meeting details here
9/26 5-8-OUSD Office of Equity reception Hear from our Equity Directors who are leading the charge and meet the entire team at an upcoming reception: Gallery E14 472 9th Street, Oakland, you can RSVP here
9/26 Oakland Public Education 101 6:00 p.m. In the first of a six-part series, come get an introduction to the facts and forces that shape public education in Oakland. How did we get to where we are, and what is the fight about? SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612Admission Free for SPUR members$10 for non-members
9/26 Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will mobilize Bay Area community members to transform our economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Restore Oakland is a joint initiative of the Ella Baker Center and ROC United, and we are working in partnership with Causa Justa::Just Cause, Community Works West, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), La Cocina, and other local organizations to realize our vision. You can RSVP through the link
9/27 Board of Education 4:00 PM, The Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606-2291 Meeting details
9/28 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Lighthouse Creativity Lab Tour: MS/HS Tours are a great way to see what making looks like integrated into a classroom.During the tour, we will discuss the Lighthouse Creativity Lab program, see making in at least one class, answer questions, and hear a little about your plans.The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is a K-12 program that supports maker-centered learning at Lighthouse Comunity Public Schools, and the greater Oakland area. The mission of the Creativity Lab is to support educators to turn learning over to students, deepening understanding of content and developing agency. Lighthouse Community Charter Public School (K-12) 444 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621
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.
10/2-10/6, 2017 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-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.
10/5th “Education for All: Serving California’s Most Vulnerable Children.” Edsource’s annual conference looking 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. 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.
10/6/2017 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ACOE Program and Agency Budget Committee Meeting, Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.
10/6 5:30-8p.m. – Community Advisory Committee for Special Education
Bret Harte Middle School 3700 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602 Committee members and other participants will hear learnings from the September Study Session and discuss initiatives and changes currently underway for Special Education in OUSD.
10/7 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – OUSD’s Black Girl Power Conference. 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.
10/9 6:30pm. An Evening With Patricia Polacco! Patricia Polacco, who has written and illustrated 115 books for children, will speak at the Main Library. The acclaimed author and illustrator of Thunder Cake, The Keeping Quilt, and Pink and Say will discuss her body of work, and read from her newest book, Remembering Vera. Reserve your free seat at http://bit.ly/SLPL_Polacco or by calling the Main Library at 510-577-3960.
10/10 6:30 PM ACOE Board Meeting- Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.
10/12 5:30 PM – 7:30 p.m. – Mills Teacher Scholars Gather Join Mills Teacher Scholars at Mills College 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
10/18 5-8 p.m. -LCAP PSAC General MeetingOakland High School 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94610 The LCAP PSAC will finalize elections for the nominations presented in May 2016 and review samples of school site snapshots combining population, investment, staff retention, and student outcome data. These snapshots will support their analysis of how these and other factors are interconnected in determining the success of school programs. Finally, the committee will receive an update for the 2017-18 budget with emphasis on strategies and investments included in the 2017-20 LCAP.
10/19 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Feeling confused and overwhelmed in thinking about middle school? On , EBISA invites parents of 4th & 5th graders to attend this talk by Theresa Lozac’h, a local educational consultant, to help you get a handle on a complicated process and discover a “best fit” for your family. You will learn to discover your priorities around your middle schooler’s education and think about your child’s unique needs. Start your search focused and ready! This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited – reserve your seat today!
10/21-Come join me at the Afro Comic Con, this event will feature artists, writers, creators, and thinkers as we discuss representation in comic books, literature, film and television. AfroComicCon’s mission is to open doors for everyone in the arts and media professions that have not been adequately inclusive.
10/22 Brilliant Black Children: A Conversation with OUSD’s New Superintendent. The SOBO Education workgroup invites you to join in a conversation with OUSD’s new Superintendent Kyla Johnson Trammell. Some event goals include beginning the conversation with Johnson-Trammell about key matters impacting Black students such as the lack of equity and service to our children in literacy, math, cultural identity, school policing, nutrition, teacher’s racial bias and more. We will discuss potential support and growth opportunities in the AAMA and Black Girls Initiatives, Ethnic Studies, Black Teachers Project, etc.
10/22 – The Greatest Show (& Tell!) in the East Bay Returns for its 8th Year in 2017
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire, which takes place in the Temescal district of Oakland, has become a major annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing nearly 7,000 attendees last year. It mirrors the giant “flagship” Maker Faire in San Mateo, but more focused on local projects and hands-on making. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is organized and run by parent volunteers from Park Day School, which hosts the event on its four-acre campus and the adjacent campus of Studio One Arts Center. This event is perfect for artists, makers, educators, and innovators and given its scale, ideal for the whole family.
10/24 6:30 PM ACOE Board Meeting Board Room of the Alameda County Office of Education at 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.
10/24 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Foster Youth Advisory Committee Skyline High School -Current and former foster students, foster parents and caregivers, community advocates for foster youth, LCAP leaders, staff, and other community members of the Foster Youth Advisory will continue their work in the following chosen areas of focus for 2017-18 (see above) and will receive updates of 2017-18 LCAP actions and investments in support of foster students.Please RSVP at [email protected] or 510-491-6069.
11/1 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST Location=California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Decolonizing California History Join us in our November lecture to deconstruct the mainstream narrative about the history California. Let’s examine this narrative from a decolonized lens. by California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
11/1 ACA Open Enrollment– 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare) starts November 1 and ends December 15. The 45th has cut the ADVERTISING funds to announce when people can enroll. Copy and paste to circulate.
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.
12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public · Hosted by Enroll Oakland Charters Oakland families are invited to learn more about their public school options. There will be:
* School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High schools) – Visit with school principals, teachers and families* Enrollment Booths – Explore and compare public schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your online application and/or enroll online. * Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations.
Ways You Can Help
Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire
Huber was an Education for Change student, and is now an Education for Change teacher in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. He and his family represent Oakland at its best, and in the early hours of Friday, September 8th, they awoke to their home on fire. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but you can imagine the pain, stress, frustration, and anger in seeing your family home on fire. We are asking that you donate whatever you can to help Huber and his family respond to this loss quickly so that he can resume the job he loves and support his family.
Help spread the word! https://www.gofundme.com/hubers-home-rebuilding-fund
Support students with Listening Tools
A strong listening center is much needed in all elementary school classrooms. The stacks of CD’s and cassettes on a day to day for engagement, enrichment in both love for learning and academic st… read more My students need a protected space with a CD player and timers to listen, learn and be heard. Be the first to donate | $484 still needed, Ms. Semana
Aspire College Academy, Oakland CA Give to this classroom
Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots at Oakland Sol
This is the second phase of our great robot adventure, where students experiment with engineering concepts and coding practice, as well as learning about the design phases of a technical project…. read more My students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed… Give to Mr. Davis
Youth can join Police Explorers
Oakland police have openings in its Police Explorers program for high school students.
Students age 14 to 19 can learn more about careers in law enforcement in the program.
For more information, contact Officer Charles Stone of the Oakland Police Activities League at 510-421-2684 or [email protected].