Tag Archives: Oakland

The Education Report: OUSD Board’s Gary Yee candidate for acting superintendent

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April 22, 2013 By Katy Murphy The Oakland Board of Education will host a press conference on Monday April 22nd to announce Dr. Gary Yee as a candidate for the position of Acting Superintendent in the Oakland Unified School District … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: East Bay College Fund matches mentors with students for community success

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April 10, 2013 By Jon Leckie By the end of his junior year, Jameil Butler was a promising high school student. He was sociable, popular and a rising star on championship teams in basketball and football. Butler knew he had … Continue reading »


KQED: Oakland School Board to Replace Outgoing Superintendent

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April 10, 2013 School board officials in Oakland have begun the process of replacing outgoing superintendent Tony Smith. Smith surprised colleagues last week when he announced he was resigning so that his family can be closer to his ailing father-in-law, … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: Superintendent of Oakland schools resigns, citing family health emergency

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April 5, 2013 By Barbara Grady Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith, who has spearheaded a new strategic direction in Oakland of creating community schools that help kids deal with the adversities of poverty in addition to academics and … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest presents 1st place winning poetry

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March 18, 2013By D’Angelo Crosby Oakland’s Castlemont High School student D’Angelo Crosby won first place for original poetry with this poem about his life during the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest Regional competition 2013.         The … Continue reading »


The Education Report: Still Seeing High Numbers for African American Male Student Suspensions

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March 15th, 2013 By Serena Valdez At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Tony Smith and a small panel, including two principals, presented the Balanced Scorecard Accountability Report. The topic: suspensions. One major focus of the report is to work toward reducing … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: Join us March 20 for release of study on teaching practices in Oakland (Community Voices)

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March 14, 2013 By Marc Tafolla As a community, we know that no other in-school factor affects students as much as effective teaching. Therefore, Oakland’s parents, teachers and community leaders have expressed a strong desire to help the city’s children … Continue reading »


Oakland Local: Oakland teachers, students, community gather to discuss ways to provide ‘quality education’ for all

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March 11, 2013 By Barbara Grady Studies indicate the main driver of student achievement is effective teaching. While poverty, trauma and starting kindergarten with no preparation put children at a learning disadvantage, students can catch up if they have effective … Continue reading »


The Education Report: Violence is Traumatic for Teachers, Too

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March 4, 2013 By Serena Valdez Stacey Smith is an Oakland school district parent and volunteer who has served on the District GATE Advisory Committee, the school board’s Special Committee on School Based Management, and the Community Advisory Committee for … Continue reading »


Oakland Voices: Oakland Teacher Alison Ball Breathes Life into Math & Science

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February 22, 2013 By Debora Gordon After early teaching stints in far flung locales from Ecuador and China to New York and Sunnyvale, 4th year middle school teacher Alison Ball, 29, came to Urban Promise Academy (UPA), where she is … Continue reading »