Public K-8 Schools that Oakland Parents Should Look at Based on the Latest Test Scores

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state recently, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and encourage families to visit.  Every child is different, and I will break it…


Oakland Public Middle Schools that Parents Should Consider Based on Growth-Looking at the Latest Test Scores

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state recently, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and encourage families to visit.  Every child is different, and I will break it…


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…


Four Answers to the Crisis Facing the Bay Area’s Black Community

The Bay Area’s Black community is in crisis.  And the community came up with answers during our year of convening, and they are game changers. Segregated housing and discrimination have created unequal paths that are so well worn they are invisible to most. Housing, health, education and access to opportunity in general all conspire against…


When Students Get it Right: How Listening to the End Users in Education is the Right Move

(A Guest post from Charles Cole III, the founder and executive director of one of Energy Convertors) New York just became the first state in the United States to make mental health education mandatory for public school students starting at age 3. The policy aims to help destigmatize mental health to ensure a healthier population…