Our regular look at what’s happening in Oakland, this week and beyond- The first CAC meetings, OUSD’s Budget and Finance Cmte, the Office of Equity reception, Education 101 in Oakland, the first Black Girl Power conference, school tours, the Latinx read in, funding and training for educators and some great opportunities for you to help Oakland students, educators and more, please take a look and share
9/18 First meeting of the community advisory committee for programs for exceptional children-530 Cole Auditorium 1011 Union Street Oakland , CA- you can see the agenda here
9/18 6:00 budget and finance committee meets at the KDOL studio at MetWest 314 East 10th St., Oakland CA 94607 while key inserts weren’t yet included, this has important information from FICMAT on the district’s tenuous financial status, you can see the agenda here
9/19 5:00 measure N commission meets at KDOL studio at MetWest 314 East 10th St., Oakland Ca 94607, the agenda can be found here
9/19 “Growth Heartset”: Establishing a Culture of Caring -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”? 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.
9/20 6:30 Measure G Commission meets at KDOL studio at MetWest, 314 E. 10th St, Oakland Ca 94607, agenda is here
9/21– Fraud Prevention Oversight – Best Practices. 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, CCSA Oakland office 10 AM – 2 PM
9/21–Charter 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
9/23–Oakland Public Education Fund Gala-: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/gala/
Sign up for school work days with the Ed Fund: http://www.oaklandedfund.org/back-to-school-days/
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 94612 Admission Free for SPUR members$10 for non-members
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 conferencel 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.
10/7 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.
10/12 – 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
10/17-18- 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. Let’s examine this narrative from a decolonized lens. by California Indian Museum and Cultural Center Sat, November 11, 2017,12:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST Location=California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive , Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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.
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.
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.
Just a few days until LearnStorm starts on September 12! Sign up todayso 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?
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
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 prinicpals, teachers and families* Enrolllment 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 moreMy students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed