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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

         To ensure all Oakland youth receive a quality education, we will need to build a community of leaders, educators, families, and students who are taking collective responsibility. Collective responsibility will require us to activate stakeholders committed to expanding opportunity and transforming schools to better serve all students. 

Michael De Sousa has served schools in the Bay Area since 2000 as a researcher, teacher, administrator, parent and school leader. Before joining the Educate78 team, Michael lead Leadership Public School in Hayward, a school renowned for its academic achievement, vibrant school culture and innovative approach to teaching and learning. LPS Hayward staff are commitment to helping first generation, low income and academically underprepared students succeed in college. In 2018, Innovate Public Schools recognized LPS Hayward one of the Bay Area’s best schools for underserved communities. In 2018, 90% of seniors were accepted to 4 year college and 99% successfully enrolled in college.

Before his work at LPS Hayward, served as a principal in San Jose, a teacher leader in Alameda and educational researcher in Berkeley. Michael earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from Berkeley. He is currently working towards his doctorate at Cal State East Bay.

During Michael’s free time you might find him hiking at Joaquin Miller Park, strolling around Lake Merritt, or hosting a BBQ in his backyard.


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