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


What the Hell Is Happening to Girls in Middle School? Just Look at the Latest Social-Emotional Data

There are certain graphs that hurt my head and my heart.  That tell us something is dreadfully wrong, and that we should do something.  The latest soul hurting statistic came from the state’s most robust data set—the CORE data, which looks not only at academics but also students self-reported well being and sense of competency. And … Continue reading What the Hell Is Happening to Girls in Middle School? Just Look at the Latest Social-Emotional Data


California Schools Have More Money than Ever, So Why Is OUSD Broke

California’s economic growth and investment in education are at an all time high and the latest budget promises even more money.  The Mercury News covered this Gov. Gavin Newsom will have an advantage that Jerry Brown didn’t have in his first year in office nearly eight years ago: more, not less, money for K-12 schools … Continue reading California Schools Have More Money than Ever, So Why Is OUSD Broke