Yesterday was the first day of new leadership for our country, including Oakland-born Vice President Kamala Harris. It gives us hope.
Yesterday, President Biden called for unity.
In the panel we were honored to host last week, featuring some of the top leaders in Oakland public education, OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson Trammell reminded us, “This is an era, not just a moment.”
At Educate78 we hope the hallmark of our new era will be the way in which everyone in Oakland takes collective responsibility for all Oakland children and their education. It will mean building bridges and working together across differences, and taking steps together as individuals and organizations to give our students the support and opportunities they deserve. Let’s unify around the vision that literacy for all children – a foundation for learning and instrument for liberation – is within our reach in this era.
Help us keep the momentum going from last week’s gathering!
Top 5 Next Steps You Can Take Now
- Sign the Literacy for All Petition: Let the Oakland REACH know that you, too, are committed to this vital issue, and make sure to click the box to share your name and email so you can stay in touch as the Literacy for All campaign unfolds. Find the petition here.
- Attend the Winter Literacy Forum next week: On January 27, the Oakland Literacy Coalition will be convening leaders from across Oakland for a community dialogue on OUSD’s strategy to improve literacy outcomes district-wide. Families, educators, volunteers and community members are all invited to attend. RSVP here.
- Become an Oakland Promise Mentor: Young people are in need of support like never before. Learn more and fill out an application here.
- Read aloud to students (virtually) via Oakland Public Education Fund’s citywide African American Virtual Read-In Week from February 1st to 5th.
- Read our latest CRUNCHED blog: We believe that all education policy decisions need to start with a clear understanding of families’ experiences – and the monumental decision about school reopening is no exception. Carrie Chan, our resident data nerd, crunched the data that was shared during our webinar on family perceptions of reopening. Find it here.
But wait…there’s more! Step by step together, we will build a movement that will radically improve literacy outcomes for all kids, especially our Black and Brown students who have not always received the rigorous and transformative teaching and learning experiences they deserve.
For now, a huge thank you to our wonderful panelists: Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, L.K. Monroe, Mia Bonta, Lakisha Young, Kimi Kean, and Sanam Jorjani. Please be sure to follow their amazing work. And thank you to the over 160 attendees who showed up for this important time together. As a community, we will transform the lives of all Oakland children.
We look forward to connecting with you and offer some additional resources below.
Additional Upcoming Opportunities
- The Oakland Public Education Fund is accepting applications for A to Z mini-grants. Anyone working at an Oakland public school or program is eligible to apply. Funds are for general classroom projects, materials, and virtual professional development. Applications due January 24th.
- The Oakland Promise is hosting their 6th annual Party for the Promise virtually on January 29th at 7pm. It will feature remarks from CEO Mia Bonta, board President Dr. Michael McAfee, Mayor Libby Schaaf, and special performances. Ticket information can be found here.
- Arts for Oakland Kids is awarding project mini-grants for art education programs serving under-resourced OUSD schools for the 2021-22 school year. Applications are due February 22nd. Learn more and apply here.
- We’re still accepting applications for the People’s Literacy Fund from our Arabic, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities, designed for families and community members who have creative ideas for how to support students’ literacy learning during our ongoing remote learning situation. We are prioritizing applications from parents above all other applicants.
- And, in case you missed it live, you can watch the video of last week’s webinar below.
We did not have adequate time for audience questions last week. Here are some links that were shared addressing common questions around reopening:
- Where can I learn more about plans for school reopening and share my concerns?
- OUSD will be hosting a series of meetings for parents and the community to discuss the latest around school reopening. You can find additional details and RSVP here.
- ACOE School Reopening resources website
- What can we expect with the rollout of vaccines for teachers and school staff?
- Make sure to stay connected to the ACOE website for the latest news as it becomes available.
- How can I stay in the loop?
- For any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org