Our Babies Can’t Read, Will OUSD Take Action to Change That, and How You Can Help

If you are born, Black, Brown, Pacific Islander, Yemeni, or in another underserved group in Oakland, chances are you will never learn to read in Oakland Unified.  For Black kids its less than 1 in 5, around 1 in 4 for Brown kids and the numbers are no better for our other babies.  There is…


How is Your School Doing by Black Families, Create your State of Black Education Report Card to Find Out

The first step to healing is admitting we have a problem.  It’s not a district problem, or charter problem, or a private school problem.  It’s a problem that underlies our societal fabric, and infects our institutions.  And until we step on the scale and look in the mirror, we probably won’t even know the true…


“Our Children Need to Learn How to Read” The NAACP’s Demand for Better Literacy Practices and the Coalition Behind it

If you can’t read, your life in Oakland is likely to be nasty, brutish and short.  And while we hear a lot of speeches, we haven’t seen changes in outcomes.  Thankfully, there are folks taking action, like our Oakland NAACP, with concrete solutions, and a coalition behind them.  Join us tonight for the  NAACP and…


Black Male Teachers Matter, Practical Steps to Get, Keep, and Develop a Precious Resource

“The actual achievement gap is the lack of achievement of the adults to teach our Black children.” – Sharif El- Mekki CEO Center for Black Educator Development https://fb.watch/48Z6Ax7rSW/ We had an incredible panel, with gems of knowledge and practical resources for Black teachers themselves, aspiring teachers as well as schools and districts that want to…