What’s Happening in Oakland Education This Week-January 29th

Another busy week in the Town, the MLK Oratorical festival, the OUSD Budget and Finance Committee, it is still open enrollment for most charters with tours at American Indian High, and EBIA, a screening and fundraiser around restorative justice, the Two-Spirit Powwow, please sign up for the African American read in next week, all that and more with links and info, please read and share

This Week

1/30 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest

1/31 6:00-9:00 OUSD Budget and Finance Committee Meeting

1/31 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm OPEN HOUSE at American Indian Public High School (9-12)

2/2 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Tour at East Bay Innovation Academy Middle School

2/3 3pm – 6pm Healing Justice Film Screening & Fundraiser

2/3 10:00 am – 6:00 pm BAAITS 2018 Two-Spirit Powwow

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Further Out

2/5- 2/9 African American Literature Read In

 2/7 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Teacher Recruitment Event. Join us at the first hiring event of the season!

2/7 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Oakland Charters Board OnTrack Governance Training

2/9 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Committee 2018 Parent Forum

2/10 10:30 am – 11:30 am Attend an upcoming Latitude information session

Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth

Let’s get to college!  Scholarship opportunity

SMASH Academy Accepting Applications

How you can help
Help ICS survive the OUSD budget cuts

Ms. Zissis, from Sankofa Elementary, needs iPads for her speech students

Wondering how to support students and staff through the OUSD #budget cuts?

Help out ICS, Sankofa, or other youth being affected by budget cuts

This Week

1/30 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest. Where Do We Go From Here: Continuing the Legacy 50 Years Later

January 30: Elementary Schools K-Z: District-Wide Competition

February 6: Secondary Schools 6-12 Grade: District-Wide Competition

All competitions are located at Castlemont High School, Philip Reeder Performing Arts Center
8601 McArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94605The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers. Contact: Awele Makeba [email protected]510-601-0178

1/31 6:00-9:00 OUSD Budget and Finance Committee Meeting , KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance – 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-229

1/31 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm OPEN HOUSE at American Indian Public High School (9-12) Visit the campus and meet the staff! American Indian Public High School will host an open house! Bring your family and receive more information regarding the school! For more information please contact the school at 510-220-5044

2/2 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Tour at East Bay Innovation Academy Middle School Are you applying to East Bay Innovation Academy? We recommend you to attend one of their tours and information nights! See the list of dates below. If you have any questions please contact the school at 510-577-9557.

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Coming Up Dates for Tours (Times: 1:30pm-2:30pm)

Friday, February 2nd

Friday, February 16th

Coming Up Dates Information Nights (Times: 7pm-8pm)

Wednesday, February 21st

2/3 3pm – 6pm Healing Justice Film Screening & FundraiserFrom the director of Cracking the Codes: the System of Racial Inequity comes a new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of our current system of justice. Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice addresses the youth-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and highlights the importance of healing methodologies such as restorative justice. Join director and producer, Dr. Shakti Butler, for a screening of Healing Justice and a facilitated conversation on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 3-6pm at Anasa Yoga in Oakland. Get your tickets to this FREE SCREENING today!

2/3 10:00 am – 6:00 pm BAAITS 2018 Two-Spirit Powwow – LOCATION: The Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason (last year’s venue). All are welcome! Contest Powwow – all dancers & drums welcome! Produced by Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS).

Further Out

2/5- 2/9 African American Literature Read In – JOIN US! In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves—and all of their classmates—in the books they read. To celebrate Oakland’s diversity through literature, the Ed Fund hosts three volunteer Read-Ins a year. Save the date for our upcoming Read-Ins:

  • African American Literature Read-In Week, February 5-9, 2018
    • Asian Pacific American Literature Read-In Week, May 7-11, 2018
    • Latinx Literature Read-In, October 2018

SIGN UP YOUR SCHOOL

We can help you host special guest readers from the community or send staff to document other celebrations you might choose to host (examples: assemblies, family engagement event, cross-grade buddy reading, after-school special activity). If you’d like some pointers, try our tips on hosting Read-In volunteers at your school.

2/9 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Committee 2018 Parent ForumFrom Vision Into Action: A Community Discussion on Defining Quality. Dinner and child care provided. Space is limited and registration is required.  All registered parent participants will receive a $20 gift card. Please direct any questions to [email protected] or 510-338-3049. LOCATION: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, San Leandro, CA 94607

 2/7 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Teacher Recruitment Event. Join us at the first hiring event of the season! Over 20 Oakland schools will be present to find the next amazing educator to join their community for the 2018-19 school year. Please come prepared to speak with principals about teaching positions and copies of your resume. We look forward to seeing you there! Location: Think College Now / International Community School Gymnasium, 2825 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

2/7 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Oakland Charters BoardOnTrack Governance TrainingOakland Charters is excited to announce a new partnership with BoardOnTrack for our February professional learning opportunity. This next governance training is once again being offered to all Oakland charter school leaders and board members. You can decide who to send from your team. Mark your calendars now. GO Public Schools, 134 Linden St, Oakland. Please RSVP to David Castillo to register your team for this event

2/10 10:30 am – 11:30 am Attend an upcoming Latitude information session! Apply  to be a part of our community at Latitude! The deadline for applications is February 16, 2018, and mailed applications must be postmarked by February 16th or earlier. Location: Epic Middle School, 1045 Derby Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.

Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth

Our district-wide scholarship is now live! Apply for the East Bay College Fund Opportunity Scholarship today and share with all Oakland high school seniors. Let’s get to college!

SMASH Academy Accepting Applications– Since 2004, SMASH has helped bring a rigorous STEM education to hundreds of students from low income, underrepresented communities. A few SMASH facts: Impact: SMASH is a 3 year STEM acceleration summer residential and academic year program that works: check out their alumni outcomes here. Free of Cost: SMASH is a free program — equivalent to a $24,000 scholarship.

Nationwide: SMASH is continuing to expand to serve more students across the nation. In addition to existing sites at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Davis, and Morehouse College, SMASH will be opening two new sites in 2018: Wayne State University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The SMASH 2018 application deadline is March 1, 2018.  Students can apply here.

2018 KPAA Scholarship Program now accepting applications
The Kaiser Permanente Asian Association (KPAA) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from high school students who are scheduled to graduate in spring 2018. KPAA scholarships recognize students who have brought demonstrable, tangible benefit to an Asian community and who have the potential to be future leaders. Students may have demonstrated this potential through their activities in school, in the community, or in the face of unusual circumstances.

Since its inception in 2000, KPAA has awarded 107 scholarships totaling $287,500. In 2018, KPAA offers seven scholarships of $3,500 each.

Applications are being accepted online at this website. Online applications must be submitted by Feb. 21, 2018. On May 1, 2018, the KPAA website will list the names of those awarded scholarships.

Scholarship funds will be distributed in August 2018. The funds will be sent directly to the college, university, trade, or technical school the winners will attend in the fall.
Have questions?
If you have questions about the scholarship application, please visit http://www.applyists.com/contact-us/contact-us-customer-care/ . For general questions about the scholarship or to learn more about KPAA, please visit https://kaiserpermanente-asianassociation.org. The following Kaiser Permanente business resource groups also offer scholarships:

Kaiser Permanente African American Professional Association – contact Charvette Blincoe at [email protected] . KP Pride – contact Jay Bachicha at Jose[email protected]

Kaiser Permanente Latino Association – contact Eva Ramirez at [email protected]
KP employees interested in financial aid for their own education efforts should call the Kaiser Permanente Student Financial Aid Program toll-free at  866-232-2934 for more information about scholarships and loans to complete degree and certificate programs in nursing and allied health fields. There also is information on the KP Careers Planning website, under Regional Resources.

How you can help

Help ICS survive the OUSD budget cuts Oakland Unified is facing another enormous budget shortfall. District level budget cuts are being shouldered by teachers and families, with each school being asked to cut on average $120 per student. What this means for many schools is an IMMEDIATE LOSS of after-school programs, support staff,  access to technology, field trips, and many of the enrichment activities that make their schooling experience enjoyable and equitable. At schools in Oakland’s wealthier neighborhoods, these cuts will be offset by parent donations and annual fundraisers that bring in an average of $300,000 per year.  At flatland schools, populated predominantly by students of color, these cuts will be felt by teachers and children, and they will be felt deeply. Please click here to help.

Ms. Zissis, from Sankofa Elementary, needs iPads for her speech students. An iPad would be a great supplemental therapy tool. Learn more about similar projects from Oakland teachers that still need funding. GO will match your contribution!

Wondering how to support students and staff through the OUSD #budget cuts? Here are 5 ways — from donating school supplies to staying engaged!

 

 

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