The Oakland Education Week in Review: 1/7-1/14

All the Oakland Ed news fit to link, and all the public school open houses– this week, Latitude High earns a top prize, Oakland’s largest charter group recognizes a union, hear from Rudsdale grads, lots on the upcoming school closures and budget crisis in OUSD, racism in Alameda? (shocking), it’s school choice time and we … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 1/7-1/14


Rudsdale Newcomer’s Second Class of Graduates Speak on What the Future Holds

This is a guest post from the powerful folks at the Oakland Unified School District’s English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement Office (ELLMA), who are doing some amazing work. It originally appeared on their blog, where they spotlight Oakland teachers and students and the diverse strategies they’ve implemented to support English-language learners in achieving at … Continue reading Rudsdale Newcomer’s Second Class of Graduates Speak on What the Future Holds


Will Charter Unionization Help End the Public School Wars in Oakland?

Oakland’s largest charter organization, Education for Change (EFC), voted to recognize a union at the last board meeting.  I was there, and as a member of the Executive Committee I made the motion, which passed unanimously.  This can be a good thing for our schools, staff, families, and the City.  Especially if it leads to … Continue reading Will Charter Unionization Help End the Public School Wars in Oakland?


A Better Model for Schooling: How Latitude Is Breaking the Stale Habits of High School and Earning Rewards

“During those long years in the Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life experience.”—Huey P. Newton, (Minister of Defense Black Panther Party) in his autobiography, “Revolutionary Suicide.”   I loved the Latitude High School model when I first saw it, was even more impressed … Continue reading A Better Model for Schooling: How Latitude Is Breaking the Stale Habits of High School and Earning Rewards


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 12/30-1/6

All the Oakland Ed news that is fit to link, this week, great news on serious crimes in Oakland but a long way to go, OUSD is using tech to track supplies, a look at the upcoming school closures, awesome work in restorative justice, congrats to Mack’s coach of the year, new laws impacting education … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 12/30-1/6