Our North Star

All families across Oakland’s 78 square miles know their children will realize their full brilliance and potential at every public school in any neighborhood. Our community continually takes collective responsibility to reimagine, create, and improve a public education system where success is not predicated by race and class.

What We Do

Educate78  works for all Oakland kids and families – especially those failed
by our current system – to get the public education they dream of and deserve.

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Why It Matters

All Oakland kids deserve equitable access to quality education. We must take collective responsibility to reimagine, create, and improve a public education system where success is not predicted by race and class.

The Facts:

67%    of students not on track in math and reading⁠— and higher for students of color

21%    teacher turnover every year— and worse for teachers of color

90%    of Oakland schools are not considered «quality» schools⁠ per state standards

Our Impact

Since 2015, our work has reached…




What People Say About Educate78

Parents are fed up with the lack of quality across all Oakland public schools, district and charter. Get ready - we’re only beginning our push for change to give parents real access to quality education for their kids.

Lakisha Young

The Oakland Reach

Educate78 has been an invaluable funder and thought partner, always driving us to reach deeper in partnering with parents, community organizations, the district, and charter schools.

Luis Rodriguez

Enroll Oakland

I appreciate the funding and advice we’ve gotten from Educate78. It’s not easy to get our message in front of the powerful people who control the district and charter schools, so we need all the allies we can get.

Connie Williams (Mama Williams)

The Oakland Reach, Parent

Educate78 plays a number of important roles in the education ecosystem, adding capacity across various organizations that benefit students and families in many areas like data analysis, advocacy, and communications. Their ability to plug in where most needed in a given moment is a crucial support for the collective work.

Jessica Stewart

Go Public Schools Oakland

At our Lodestar school, we have witnessed firsthand the power of great teaching. That is why we worked with Educate78’s Teacher Advisory Group to help make Oakland a city that both attracts and retains talented teachers.

Robbie Torney

Lodestar, a Lighthouse Community Public School

I love working with Educate78's Transformational Schools Program. The support they provide district school leaders helps guide the implementation of more innovative practices at their sites. They intentionally support the engagement of school community stakeholders in the process of identifying priorities and authentic strategies tailored to the needs of our school.

Tierre Mesa

Urban Promise Academy 

As a recipient of the Teacher Retention Grant for two years, we've seen first hand the power of Educate78. Through accountability and thought partnership, Educate78 supported our Wellness Department in training teachers and providing counseling services to students. This work decreased nonacademic barriers to learning and better equipped teachers to support students.

Austin Razavi

Oakland Unity Middle School

Educate78 provided us with coaching, professional development workshops, and a budget to continually reflect and improve our school's design for better student outcomes. Their support helped us keep transformation for equity at the center of our work. Bridges has been steadily moving ahead and soon, we will launch a three-year school redesign plan that will accelerate student outcomes.

Anita Iverson-Comelo

Bridges Academy at Melrose

Who We Are

We are Oaklanders. We are parents. We are educators.
Our team supports families and educators across all public schools in Oakland, district and charter,
who imagine a more equity-centered education system.

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The Future of Educate78 is
Antiracist Literacy Leadership

Read more from our founder Gloria Lee here