Part III: Re-Engagement and Renewal: Making Great School Voices Greater. 

Six months ago today, on October 1, 2021, we lost Dirk tragically as he joined the one too many, who have succumbed to Oakland’s gun violence. While I was certainly overwhelmed at the prospect, I knew our work —Great School Voices, SOBEO, our nonprofit, and Dirk’s collective movement would continue. Just as SOBEO had done,…


Part II: Reflecting on the Man and Method behind the Madness: What is Great School Voices and What has been its Impact?

Today, March 31, is Dirk’s birthday.  There’s no better moment than now, as a tribute to all he’s done for us, to share why he brought Great School Voices to life.   Dirk created this blog to fill an unmet need, beginning with Oakland. That need and purpose are fourfold. They are to: Amplify the voices…


Open School Charter Seats – Week of 8/16!

Even if today wasn’t your child’s first day back, no worries. There is still time to enroll your child in an amazing school. You know where to go – Oakland Enrolls to submit your application. Once again, please read our latest breakdown of recently released data. Note: Different schools sometimes show results for certain groups of…


Families Will Demand a Quality Distance Learning Option Tonight, Will OUSD Listen?

The Oakland REACH to Speak at Wednesday’s OUSD School Board Meeting to demand a quality distance option For the past 16 months, The Oakland REACH has been running a Virtual Family Hub delivering high-quality instruction that works — our babies are reading! This week many of our families are back to school — many choosing…