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Oakland Unified School District

Every Student Succeeds Act an Opportunity to Step Up Together

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.19.2017 | Education
Martin J. Blank

It's up to educators, families and community partners to step up to this challenge and partner with our state and district leaders to realize the community schools vision for our public schools - a vision that unites school, family, and community for young people's success.

4 Ways You Can Drop the F-bomb Appropriately in Ed Tech

Adam J. Geller | Posted 09.10.2016 | Education
Adam J. Geller

Here are four models for free* distribution that may be convincing enough to win a district's' confidence and, ultimately, adoption of your product.

Fighting To Reclaim The Future Of Oakland's Young Black Men

Newsweek | Alexander Nazaryan | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices

The Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement is housed in a one-story portable classroom in the downtown neighb...

Rebecca Klein

These Schools Made A Commitment To Black Boys And Are Now Seeing Big Results | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices

Schools in Oakland, California, may have found the key to closing the achievement gap between African-American males and other groups of students, acc...

A New Model of School Reform

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark's, has taken a very different tack to school reform -- and it's not costing $100 million.

Rethinking School Discipline for Better Opportunities

Kavitha Mediratta | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Kavitha Mediratta

Studies show that African-American students were three times more likely to be suspended than white students during the 2009-10 school year, largely for nonviolent offenses.

No Oscar at the Oscars: My Letter of Solace to Fruitvale Station Film

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Wyatt Closs

The truth of the matter is that 2013 saw a range of black men portrayed in major films. And that is a very good and overdue thing.

Barbershop's Unbelievable Generosity Helps Low-Income Kids

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

The annual back-to-school rush is a surefire way for businesses to capitalize on customers, but for Oakland business owner Eboni Hoofe, it's a chance ...

WATCH: School Kids Make Unbelievably Awesome Rihanna Parody Video

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents

We didn't think Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" could get any better, but a group of Oakland school kids just blew it out of the water. In an ado...

Affirmative Action for School Discipline?

Michaela Pommells | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Michaela Pommells

The outcome of the 2012 presidential election will determine the federal education mandate but the true measure will be whether America can successfully close the racial disparities facing U.S. schools.

Feds To Monitor Oakland Schools' Discipline Of Black Students

Posted 10.03.2012 | Education

The Oakland Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Education agreed last week to allow for at least five years of federal monitoring as th...

Bad News For Oakland Private School

Posted 11.07.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Will Evans The Oakland Unified School District is cutting off federal funds benefiting...

Improving the Conditions for Teaching and Learning

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

When there are distractions in the classroom and in children's lives, teachers have a harder time doing their job. That's not an excuse, that's reality.

Teaching In The Young Lions' Lair

Turnstyle | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Originally published on, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

WATCH: Hundreds Protest As Oakland Threatens To Close, Consolidate 13 Schools

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.28.2011 | San Francisco

On Tuesday night, hundreds of parents, teachers and students crowded an Oakland School Board meeting to protest proposed shutdowns and consolidations ...

Oakland School District's Top Cop Suspended For Racial Slur

Aaron Sankin | Posted 10.16.2011 | San Francisco

Update: In response to the controversy surrounding his remarks, Sarna has announced his retirement. Pete Sarna, the chief of the Oakland Unified Sc...

California City and Striking Teachers Agree - We're Broke!

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Brett Myers "The vast majority of t...

Job Search, Teacher Style

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By Maya Cueva Youth Radio profiles a rece...