A local-to-global perspective on the digital divide in Oakland

When Anietie “Nate” Udofia thinks about the digital divide in Oakland, and the “new normal” public education is facing because of the pandemic, he does so with a global perspective. Udofia is a Nigerian American who has decades of experience working on distance learning and helping communities gain access to digital tools.  He sees similarities…


Lodestar mural celebrates the beauty and imagination of Oakland Black and Brown students

Walk around Downtown Oakland these days and you will witness an open-air art museum. Block by block, up and down Broadway and Telegraph and their cross streets, there are more than 1,000 beautiful and powerful murals that cover storefronts that reflect the values of our Oakland community. They support Black Lives Matter and condemn police brutality, but the messages…


Camp EDMO goes virtual, with equitable pricing

Summer camp, like seemingly every other activity available for children in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, has gone virtual. By moving online, leaders at Camp EDMO found they could also provide the camp experience to more young people, while doing so more equitably.  Camp EDMO, for 17 previous years, was an in-person camp. Last…


FASTalk connects teachers and non-English speaking OUSD families during COVID-19

When it comes to communicating with their child’s teacher, most parents want the same thing: to understand what their child is learning in school and how they can support their education when they’re at home. Most parents would say they want that information directly from their child’s teacher.  Depending on the school, channels of communication…


IT professionals push ISPs to provide free internet to families

One in five California students lack access to the internet, and 50 percent of low-income families (and 42 percent families of color) don’t have a device at home for their child to access distance learning. So, by our state’s own calculations, pretty much half of the students in the state haven’t been able to go…