A Conversation with Dr. Charles Cole

By Jumoke Hinton I’m grateful for the words of Dr. Charles Cole, III and the life he leads! Our conversation was heartfelt and powerful. We’ve broken down the session and will share some Dr. Cole gems from our conversation throughout our SoBEO Repurposing OUSD Lands for Housing campaign. I had the opportunity to sit with…


How OUSD Can Help Solve Oakland’s Housing Crisis and How You Can Help

2020 has brought new meaning to just about everything in our lives. I knew the definition of the word Pandemic and, yet 2020 taught us the impact of a Pandemic. Our Health, Our Wealth, Our Education, and Our Future have a new meaning. The old cliche – Our Children are Our Future – has a new ring to it…


What is wrong with the SPED department in OUSD?

By Andrew Pablo, former OUSD Special Education teacher I know everyone is tired of hearing the same statement that “public schools are underfunded.” However, the fact of the matter is, public schools are truly lacking the necessary amount of money to create learning spaces that can benefit ALL students, including those with IEPs (Individualized Educational…


Prioritize the needs of Special Education students this school year

This pandemic without a doubt forced us to focus on the basic economic needs of families and students. The need for economic stability and housing stability was front and center for so many and that took precedence over the search for internet and devices. The questions were real – will I pay for $10 internet,…


Reforming School Policing to Interrupt White Supremacy: How to truly value Black Lives

Jumoke Hinton Hodge, OUSD Board of Education Director, reflects on Resolution No. 1920 – 0260 We are experiencing Uprisings in the spirit of Brianna Taylor, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Yvette Henderson, Rayshard Brooks, Andreas Guardado and Oscar Grant and demanding an end to police brutality and the minimizing and destroying Black Bodies and…