Another busy week, with a powerful looking panel on El Salvador, meetings of the OUSD and ACOE boards, also meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Commission and G1 Commissions. Parent Voices Oakland pushes for a bond at the county, Street Academy info sessions, rethinking school discipline forum, Greenleaf has and African American celebration, the powerful parent conference, all that and more below with links, please read share and get involved.
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2/27 4:30pm – 7:00pm Sanctuary T.P.S. Panel on El Salvador
2/27 6:30pm ACOE Regular Board Meeting. Alameda County Office of Education
2/27 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee
2/27 6:00 pm Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission
2/27 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Join PVO as the Alameda Board of Supervisors
2/28 4:00pm – 10:00pm Board of Education Regular Meeting
2/28 4:00 – 5:00pm Street Academy Prospective New Student Orientation
3/2 Rethinking School Justice: A Forum on Intersectional Advocacy and School Discipline
3/2 9:00 am – 11:00 am Greenleaf African American Celebration Event
3/3 9am – 4pm Powerful Parent Conference for Black & Brown Families
3/15 4:00 – 6:30 pm The Second Annual Oakland Promise Report
3/22 Hear from Black female teachers
3/22 5-8 pm Member and Community Training about the CA School Dashboard
4/12-4/15 OUSD Office of Equity 2018 African American Male Achievement Spring Symposium
Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth
Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships
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
2/27 4:30pm – 7:00pm Sanctuary T.P.S. Panel on El Salvador – The OUSD Sanctuary District Committee invites you to join us for the second event in the Dream, Resist, Educate: Sanctuary Spring Series on Tuesday, February 27th from 4:30-7p.m.!
2/27 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee – Members and participants will collaborate with agencies and partners to review plans and processes in use to hep foster youth in the transition to life after high school. The purpose is to identify essential elements that could be used for the OUSD foster youth transition planning process and how each agency and partner can play a role in streamlining and resourcing the process for OUSD students. OUSD Foster Youth Services will also report on their current work with students.
Childcare, Spanish interpretation, and a light meal will be provided.
Contact: Cintya I. Molina Phone: 510-491-6069 Email: [email protected]
Location: Howard Elementary, 8755 Fontaine Street, Oakland, CA 94605
2/27 5:30-8:30–A Conversation with Ericka Huggins| Challenges and Successes of the Black Panther Party, and its significance today
Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther Party leader and former political prisoner. Her extraordinary life experiences have enabled her to speak personally and eloquently on issues relating to the physical and emotional well-being of women, children and youth, whole being education, mass incarceration, and the role of the spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting change. Ericka is known for her work in Black Panther Health Clinics, Free Breakfast Programs, Sickle Cell Anemia Screening and HIV Support Networks. Dr. Cornelius Hopper Diversity Excellence Award Presentation. Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Avenue,Oakland, CA 94609
2/27 6:00 pm Measure G1 – Districtwide Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act Oversight Commission – Location: KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606-2291
2/28 4:00pm – 10:00pm Board of Education Regular Meeting – Closed session begins at 4:00 p.m. Open session begins at 5:30 p.m. Location: The Great Room at La Escuelita , 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606
2/27 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Join PVO as the Alameda Board of Supervisors make their final vote to move forward with a ballot initiative that would add $140 million in NEW funding for child care. See below for more info. Location: 1221 Oak Street, 5th floor, Oakland
2/28 4:00 – 5:00pm Street Academy Prospective New Student Orientation – To attend Street Academy, all interested students and families must attend the Prospective New Student Orientation. We invite you to call (510)874-3630 to reserve your space. Spring term begins March 12, 2018. Location: Street Academy, 417 29th Street, Oakland, CA 94805
3/2 9:00 am – 11:00 am Greenleaf African American Celebration Event – Families, please come to see our students present other classes their academic research projects to celebrate the African American culture! Location: Greenleaf TK-8, 6328 East 17th St, Oakland, CA 94621
3/3 9am – 4pm Powerful Parent Conference for Black & Brown Families – Powerful Parent Conference: Building Safety, Sustainability and Solidarity in Black & Brown Families! Met West High School *NEW LOCATION*. In 2017, Spearitwurx brought you the Black Power Parenting Sampler Session. This year, Spearitwurx, in conjunction with 4Vida, are honored to coordinate the Powerful Parent Conference – a culturally-based container for Parents of African and Latinx children to build community, share authentic experiences in our journey of parenting, and contribute tangible tools that can support healing families and protecting our youth from social toxins by surrounding them with love.
3/15 4:00 – 6:30 pm The Second Annual Oakland Promise Report–Inspire, Inform, and Engage| Roosevelt Middle School, This event will be a time for the community to come together to reflect on our first two years, share our vision moving forward, showcase the outstanding education organizations in the community, and celebrate all the inspiring work being done to improve educational outcomes for students across Oakland. You can find more information about the event on our website, as well as RSVP here.
3/22 Hear from Black female teachers as they #SpeakTheirTruth about how they navigate and thrive within educational institutions. Learn how they stay motivated and listen carefully to understand how they want to be supported. Register today!
3/22 5-8 pm Member and Community Training about the CA School Dashboard. Please contact Cintya Molina if you are interested in participating. All meeting materials and communications can be found at www.ousd.org/lcap. Cintya Molina, LCAP Engagement Program Manager [email protected] 510-491-6069
4/12-4/15 OUSD Office of Equity 2018 African American Male Achievement Spring Symposium The Oakland Unified School District’s Office of Equity and the National Equity Project invite you to experience our ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER approach to realizing My Brother’s Keeper’s vision in a citywide system of schools.
This three-day professional development experience will sell out. Get your tickets early to make sure you are a part of our classroom observations, Office of Equity staff-led seminars, student interactions, and more.
Ticket includes admission to:
- Symposium Professional Development Workshops
- Manhood Development Program Classroom Tours
- African American Male Achievement’s Man-Up! Youth conference
Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth
Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships-Mills College is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive environment dedicated to helping Oakland girls and young women succeed in college. To make a transformative Mills education accessible and affordable, we are offering generous scholarships and financial aid to qualified students.
Mills will provide a minimum financial aid scholarship of $7,000 to every Oakland Public high school student (district or charter) admitted in fall 2018 with a minimum high school GPA of 3.2. Higher scholarship amounts may be offered to admitted students with higher GPAs.
In addition to these awards, beginning fall 2018 we are excited to debut 10 new Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships, including the African American Female Excellence Scholarship, the Latina Excellence Scholarship, and eight additional Mills-Oakland Promise scholarships.
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.
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!