We don’t just talk about equity and quality for Oakland public kids. We make grants and do work every day to make this vision a reality. We also appreciate that true impact takes a long time. We track our impact primarily through our grantees, whether they be schools (like OUSD’s Roosevelt Middle), leaders (like OUSD’s Moyra Contreras), district and charter public school teachers (like those in our Teacher Advisory Groups or those who have received retention grants), citywide organizations and efforts (like Enroll Oakland and the Oakland Promise), as well as with groups like Energy Convertors that work with student fellows.
Every year, our work reaches well over a third of the Oakland public school student population, over half of Oakland’s public school teachers and schools, and nearly a fifth of Oakland’s public school families, with an emphasis on those communities furthest from power and longest failed by our system.
Every year, our work impacts over 1 of every 3 Oakland public school students. This impact comes from Energy Convertor fellows receiving training on how to develop their digital voice, improved retention of teachers who have received retention grants from us, improved instruction in classrooms through the redesign of schools, and better access to high quality schools through modern enrollment systems.
Teachers are with our children every day. It is their hard work in and out of the classroom that directly impacts the lives of our children. We believe strongly in working to improve the recruitment, retention, and development of the highest quality and most diverse educator workforce possible. Every year, through grants to teachers (through a program they developed!), elevating teacher voice in our annual teacher survey, convening teachers for leadership development, and involving teachers in the transformation of their schools, we reach over half the public school teachers in Oakland, district and charter.
Families – and Oakland enjoys the fullest diversity of the modern family from all corners of the world – are essential to our vision of improved public education in Oakland. Through grants to organizations that work directly with families and organizations that provide services focused on families, we reach nearly 5,000 families across Oakland every year, nearly 20% from our public schools. We are proud to focus our efforts on those families that have long been left out, left behind, or confined to failing schools.
Every year, our grants to schools, teachers, and organizations that support our families and community reach over half of all Oakland public schools, district and charter. Whether through our Teacher Advisory Group, retention grants, survey work, school redesign work, or through enrollment modernization, we reach about 70 schools across the city, with an emphasis on those schools serving children in the flatlands who face the biggest challenges to getting a great public education.
If you’re curious about these impact numbers and how we reached them, please contact our resident data nerd and OUSD graduate Carrie Chan. She’s a Stanford grad in chemical engineering, who decided to give back to the community from which she came.