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The Future of Educate78 is Antiracist Literacy Leadership

Our Voice      April, 2021     

 

In 2015, we launched Educate78 with a small team and a clear North Star to guide our work:

All families across Oakland’s 78 square miles know that their children will realize their full brilliance and potential at every public school in every neighborhood.

Our community continually takes collective responsibility to reimagine, create, and improve a public education system where success is not predicted by race and class.

Over the past 6 years, in collaboration with many of you, we have made tangible progress towards this vision for students and their families:

    • 16,000 students now receive a better education because we helped 43 schools to redesign, launch, improve and/or grow.
    • Teacher retention increased in 26 schools where we supported teachers to implement their own ideas to improve educator engagement
    • 600 teachers and principals grew professionally from our investment in their development
    • The public schools enrollment process is now more transparent and family-friendly, and it’s especially better for families who’ve historically had less access to information about school options for their children.
    • Hundreds of families became stronger advocates for their children by participating in leadership development programs offered by our grantees and partners.

With many changes in the environment, we are now choosing to concentrate our resources on Developing Antiracist Literacy Leaders. Effective July 1, 2021, my extraordinary colleague Daneen Keaton will become the leader of the organization, under the banner Leadership for Liberation. She will expand the Antiracist Collective, a program she founded for Oakland’s principals of color that has already begun to transform student learning experiences, and add other antiracist leadership and team development work.

Under Daneen’s leadership, I am confident that our schools will continue to make progress towards our North Star. We will sunset all other Educate78 activities. If we have not yet connected to discuss these shifts, I look forward to doing so soon.

In a time of turmoil and uncertainty, I am inspired by the many educators, families, and leaders who are committed to our city’s young people. On behalf of all the members of the Educate78 team and Board, we look forward to continuing to collaborate with you in the years to come!

In Service,


Gloria Lee
Founder, CEO

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