Building the Sankofa/Kaiser Community; Starting with a Soap Box Racer and How You Can Join In

Community building begins face to face, and amidst the tantrums and disruptions of the Sankofa/Kaiser merger, some parents are working on building that community. It started with a simple gesture, building a soap box racer, and it is growing. A guest post by Oakland parent Reginald Moseley Saturday, October 12 2019: Ajarrey Shelton of Sankofa…


Where Does Cultural Competency and Quality Fit into CA’s Teacher Credential? A Black Teacher Wonders

A guest post by Oakland teacher Marquise Evans, aka “Quis,” on the challenges of getting the technical teaching credential and how little it tends to mean for students “Quis, does a credential make one a qualified educator for scholars of melanin descent?” *Then the background choir beautifully sings… “H********* NAWWWW!” Absolutely, Not! I ask myself this…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 10/28-11/3

last week, lots of coverage on the disruption of the OUSD board meeting, a look at Black displacement, how Aurum Prep hired 75% Black male teachers, a look at historical Oakland school communities, the impact of AAMA, a “thriller” on Halloween at OUSD, SBAC scores are out and much more, please read share and get…


Celebrating The Critical Importance of Black Educators and Getting More of Them in Oakland

One relatively simple and costless reform could decrease Black dropout rates by roughly a third, increase all Black students’ expectations around going to college, increase significantly the percentage of Black students in gifted classes, while also increase student engagement for youth of all races. We just need to hire, retain and develop more Black teachers. …


A few considerations for choosing a school in a time of glaring inequity; A parent’s perspective

A guest post from author and Oakland parent Courtney Martin who along with Equity Allies hosted a parent workshop last weekend around equitable choice, check out the video here It’s that time of year again — some anxious parents tour schools, wondering what the heck they should be looking for, others don’t even realize tours…