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.
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Michael De Sousa

Michael De Sousa

Educate78 Team

Contact: MDeSousa@Educate78.org

         We must take collective responsibility for ensuring all Oakland youth realize their full brilliance and potential. We can no longer be complicit with an educational system that provides inequitable opportunity and produces racialized outcomes. To reach our North Star, community members from across the city must work together to develop the relationships, practices, and conditions that will allow all educators and children to thrive.

Michael has been working to ensure all children, especially those furthest from opportunity, can experience schools that allow them to realize their full brilliance and potential since 2000. Michael started his career in education as a graduate student at Berkeley, where he studied critical pedagogy while earning his teaching credential in Life Sciences. After teaching for six years, he participated in a national fellowship for urban principals. He went on to lead high schools that were committed to help first generation students graduate from college. Now in his role at Educate78, he coaches Oakland school leaders and supports the Oakland “Literacy for All” campaign.

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