False Narratives on Oakland Schools; How Discrimination at Tech Forced Me Out and How I Found Community at Mack

(A Guest post from Haifa Algabri An Oakland graduate who was born in Yemen and raised in West Oakland an unapologetically Muslim woman who speaks her truth.  An aspiring physician at Mills College double majoring in Biopsychology and Public Health and Health Equity. Her goal in life is to be of service to every community … Continue reading False Narratives on Oakland Schools; How Discrimination at Tech Forced Me Out and How I Found Community at Mack


A Powerful Summer Reading Program; A Parent’s Perspective on What Their Family Learned from Springboard

(Guest post from Reginald Mosley, and Oakland parent and member of the Oakland REACH) This past summer my children took part in the OUSD Springboard.  I was skeptical putting them into this program at first but I knew I wanted them to be in a reading program over the summer.  This program is well worth … Continue reading A Powerful Summer Reading Program; A Parent’s Perspective on What Their Family Learned from Springboard


The Pitiful Options for Black Families in Oakland and What We Can Do

If you are a Black child in Oakland you have a snowball’s chance in hell of attending a high performing school that is making progress.  A 1% chance according to the latest data from Oakland Achieves when it comes to math.  I am not joking.  And even worse about 2/3rds of our children are in … Continue reading The Pitiful Options for Black Families in Oakland and What We Can Do


UPA Celebrates One Decade of “Morning Boost”- Making a Difference with Long-Term ELLs in Oakland

(A repost from the great folks at OUSD’s ELLMA office by – Kristi Leunig, Instructional Facilitator, Urban Promise Academy) Founded in 2008, the Morning Boost program (which now also has afternoon sessions) has contributed to Urban Promise Academy’s exceptionally high reclassification rate each year. In 2017-18, 35.7% of LTELS reclassified, compared to district average of 14.4%. Below, two founders share insights … Continue reading UPA Celebrates One Decade of “Morning Boost”- Making a Difference with Long-Term ELLs in Oakland


How It Feels to Be a Muslim Student in Oakland

A guest post by Edrees Saied, an Oakland public school graduate and Energy Convertor. I can hardly survive identifying as a Muslim in society. But I’m slowly learning how to reconcile my identity as I grow older. In the past, I’ve often felt self-alienated as I internalized all the stereotypes and criticism about Muslims, and Arabians … Continue reading How It Feels to Be a Muslim Student in Oakland