Oakland Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District Oakland Unified is California's most-improved urban school district over the past decade. The public school system for the city of Oakland, California.
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We are building America's first Full-Service Community School District where all students graduate from high school as:

1. caring, competent, and critical thinkers
2. fully-informed, engaged and contributing citizens
3. thoughtful adults prepared to succeed in college and career.

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Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell wrote this opinion piece on early literacy that appeared in the East Bay Times and ...
05/03/2021
Opinion: Oakland schools should focus on students’ early literacy

Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell wrote this opinion piece on early literacy that appeared in the East Bay Times and The Mercury News. Take a look!

Superintendent says the literacy gap is rooted in racism, segregation and belief that some students cannot achieve.

Today, May 1, is School Principals Day. OUSD thanks all of our wonderful school leaders! #iamOUSD
05/01/2021

Today, May 1, is School Principals Day. OUSD thanks all of our wonderful school leaders! #iamOUSD

Today, May 1, is School Principals Day. OUSD thanks all of our wonderful school leaders! #iamOUSD

We're #hiring! Click to apply: Teacher: English - MetWest High School (2021-22) https://bit.ly/3nAvY6s #English #Oakland...
05/01/2021

We're #hiring! Click to apply: Teacher: English - MetWest High School (2021-22) https://bit.ly/3nAvY6s #English #Oakland, CA

We're #hiring! Click to apply: Teacher: English - MetWest High School (2021-22) https://bit.ly/3nAvY6s #English #Oakland, CA

Hello OUSD High School Families. The myturn.ca.gov site is showing lots of open vaccine appointments for 16+ year old st...
04/30/2021

Hello OUSD High School Families. The myturn.ca.gov site is showing lots of open vaccine appointments for 16+ year old students. Families can sign up their 16+ kids, and get the first Pfizer shot today or this weekend at the Coliseum or in Albany. The District is recommending everyone get vaccinated.

Hello OUSD High School Families. The myturn.ca.gov site is showing lots of open vaccine appointments for 16+ year old students. Families can sign up their 16+ kids, and get the first Pfizer shot today or this weekend at the Coliseum or in Albany. The District is recommending everyone get vaccinated.

As a reminder to all OUSD students, staff and families, the District is currently deep in the planning process for a ret...
04/30/2021

As a reminder to all OUSD students, staff and families, the District is currently deep in the planning process for a return to full in-person instruction in the fall. We look forward to seeing all students at school on August 9, 2021!

As a reminder to all OUSD students, staff and families, the District is currently deep in the planning process for a return to full in-person instruction in the fall. We look forward to seeing all students at school on August 9, 2021!

Looking for a true collaborative atmosphere where you can count on a great team for support? Check out this Teacher, Tem...
04/30/2021

Looking for a true collaborative atmosphere where you can count on a great team for support? Check out this Teacher, Temporary Assignment: Multiple Subjects, 1st Grade - Lincoln Elementary (2021-22) opportunity: https://bit.ly/3t7KaVu #teachersrootedinoakland #Oakland, CA

Looking for a true collaborative atmosphere where you can count on a great team for support? Check out this Teacher, Temporary Assignment: Multiple Subjects, 1st Grade - Lincoln Elementary (2021-22) opportunity: https://bit.ly/3t7KaVu #teachersrootedinoakland #Oakland, CA

On the power of pathways!  "We went to study some of the sea lions by Monterey Bay. Instead of watching videos of sea li...
04/29/2021
7 years ago, Oaklanders approved a tax to improve schools. Did it work?

On the power of pathways!

"We went to study some of the sea lions by Monterey Bay. Instead of watching videos of sea lions in a classroom, we were there,”

District officials credit Measure N and the expansion of college and career pathways with raising high school graduation rates.

Attention Early Learning Families: It's time to enroll form 2021-2022! Explore programs at oaklandschoolfinder.org and a...
04/29/2021

Attention Early Learning Families: It's time to enroll form 2021-2022! Explore programs at oaklandschoolfinder.org and apply online at ousdapply.schoolmint.net.

There are 640 Moderna first doses (and also second doses) available today (4/29)  at Fremont High School for people who ...
04/29/2021

There are 640 Moderna first doses (and also second doses) available today (4/29) at Fremont High School for people who live in the zip codes listed below. See the flyer for details.

Attention Early Learning Families: It's time to enroll form 2021-2022! Explore programs at oaklandschoolfinder.org and a...
04/28/2021

Attention Early Learning Families: It's time to enroll form 2021-2022! Explore programs at oaklandschoolfinder.org and apply online at ousdapply.schoolmint.net.

Attention Early Learning Families: It's time to enroll form 2021-2022! Explore programs at oaklandschoolfinder.org and apply online at ousdapply.schoolmint.net.

Join us for the first ever OUSD Virtual District-Wide Asian, Pacific Islander & Arab Heritage and Solidarity Community C...
04/28/2021

Join us for the first ever OUSD Virtual District-Wide Asian, Pacific Islander & Arab Heritage and Solidarity Community Celebration!

After a rough year for our communities, let's come together in solidarity to celebrate API Heritage Month (May) & Arab American Heritage Month (April) as Oakland Unified for justice, empowerment and lifting up our diverse stories and youth voices!

Friday, May 14th 4:30-6pm

RSVP to ATTEND HERE for Zoom Link! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeO8xwjLtsQVIW8DekS4ldIcfujA2MeTVuRXI_rcMGNsMDzhw/viewform

Join us for the first ever OUSD Virtual District-Wide Asian, Pacific Islander & Arab Heritage and Solidarity Community Celebration!

After a rough year for our communities, let's come together in solidarity to celebrate API Heritage Month (May) & Arab American Heritage Month (April) as Oakland Unified for justice, empowerment and lifting up our diverse stories and youth voices!

Friday, May 14th 4:30-6pm

RSVP to ATTEND HERE for Zoom Link! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeO8xwjLtsQVIW8DekS4ldIcfujA2MeTVuRXI_rcMGNsMDzhw/viewform

Is social justice a personal value of yours? Work for equity in our #Oakland, CA community--apply now. https://bit.ly/32...
04/28/2021

Is social justice a personal value of yours? Work for equity in our #Oakland, CA community--apply now. https://bit.ly/32Y4IoN #teachersrootedinoakland

Is social justice a personal value of yours? Work for equity in our #Oakland, CA community--apply now. https://bit.ly/32Y4IoN #teachersrootedinoakland

Hello Oakland Unified Community, MetWest High School is planning a fundraising event with two legendary activists, Dolor...
04/28/2021

Hello Oakland Unified Community,

MetWest High School is planning a fundraising event with two legendary activists, Dolores Huerta and Ericka Huggins! (The two MetWest campuses are named in their honor.)

We cordially invite you to attend this incredible (virtual) event.

MetWest is fundraising to increase the amount of mental health services and therapy for its students. Oakland's young people are facing unprecedented challenges and obstacles. Therapeutic services would be transformational for the students most in need. The school's goal is to raise $20,000 for mental health services for the students.

Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/MetWestFundraiser

Hello Oakland Unified Community,

MetWest High School is planning a fundraising event with two legendary activists, Dolores Huerta and Ericka Huggins! (The two MetWest campuses are named in their honor.)

We cordially invite you to attend this incredible (virtual) event.

MetWest is fundraising to increase the amount of mental health services and therapy for its students. Oakland's young people are facing unprecedented challenges and obstacles. Therapeutic services would be transformational for the students most in need. The school's goal is to raise $20,000 for mental health services for the students.

Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/MetWestFundraiser

How are our high schools thinking about re-engaging students who have become disengaged during the pandemic? Join us thi...
04/27/2021

How are our high schools thinking about re-engaging students who have become disengaged during the pandemic?

Join us this Thursday, April 29, from 5:30-7:30pm.
Via Zoom: https://ousd.zoom.us/J/86785213840

How are our high schools thinking about re-engaging students who have become disengaged during the pandemic?

Join us this Thursday, April 29, from 5:30-7:30pm.
Via Zoom: https://ousd.zoom.us/J/86785213840

Do you drink enough water? It's important to always be well-hydrated. The students at Youth Beat partnered with the Alam...
04/26/2021
Introducing... AQUA!

Do you drink enough water? It's important to always be well-hydrated. The students at Youth Beat partnered with the Alameda County Public Health Department to create this tongue-in-cheek public service announcement supporting everyone drinking more water. Take a look!

Youth Beat students were challenged by Alameda County Public Health Department's Nutrition Services division to create a PSA about the benefits of drinking m...

Check out the latest opening at Oakland Unified School District in #Oakland, CA. https://bit.ly/2RU40qn #SocialSciences
04/26/2021

Check out the latest opening at Oakland Unified School District in #Oakland, CA. https://bit.ly/2RU40qn #SocialSciences

Check out the latest opening at Oakland Unified School District in #Oakland, CA. https://bit.ly/2RU40qn #SocialSciences

At Oakland Unified School District, our teachers and staff earn respect from students by showing them respect in turn. M...
04/24/2021

At Oakland Unified School District, our teachers and staff earn respect from students by showing them respect in turn. Make a difference in the lives of our community’s children—apply now to be our next Teacher: Special Education, Mild/Moderate Inclusion (11 Months, 12 Months Pay) - Castlemont High School (2021-22) : https://bit.ly/3ngmmxz #teachersrootedinoakland #Oakland, CA

At Oakland Unified School District, our teachers and staff earn respect from students by showing them respect in turn. Make a difference in the lives of our community’s children—apply now to be our next Teacher: Special Education, Mild/Moderate Inclusion (11 Months, 12 Months Pay) - Castlemont High School (2021-22) : https://bit.ly/3ngmmxz #teachersrootedinoakland #Oakland, CA

Here's a wonderful story from KTVU Fox 2 about a remarkable Oakland Technical High School senior who got into all of his...
04/22/2021
Oakland Technical High senior to be school's first Black male valedictorian

Here's a wonderful story from KTVU Fox 2 about a remarkable Oakland Technical High School senior who got into all of his dream universities including Harvard University, Stanford University and UCLA, and will serve as his school's first Black male valedictorian. Take a look!

When 18-year-old Ahmed Muhammad graduates from Oakland Technical High School next month, he will make history by becoming the school’s first Black male to be named valedictorian.

Oakland Unified School District is proud to unveil remarkable new living schoolyard at the Cesar Chavez Education Center...
04/22/2021

Oakland Unified School District is proud to unveil remarkable new living schoolyard at the Cesar Chavez Education Center in the Fruitvale District, the first in OUSD. The newly transformed living schoolyard removed 13,000 square feet of asphalt, and replaced it with natural play areas, a mini-grass field, 58 new trees to cool the playground and provide shade and seating areas for students, a bioswale designed to channel stormwater runoff and remove debris and pollution before emptying into the bay, and a new outdoor classroom complete with an orchard and planter boxes for teaching.

“We are excited to celebrate the new green schoolyard at the Cesar Chavez campus and how it will improve the educational, environmental, and health outcomes for the nearly 600 students who attend the co-located International Community School and Think College Now,” said OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “The Cesar Chavez campus with its beautiful natural play structure and its grass field and trees will change the way our students view their world, and give them a deeper appreciation for the natural environment around them.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the first living schoolyard at the Cesar Chavez Education Center. This new center advances Oakland’s goals of climate resiliency, environmental justice, and gives our students direct access to nature and all of its benefits,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Taking our children out of the asphalt and into a vibrant nature-based environment is good for their health, education, and will help them develop lifelong environmental stewardship.”

In 2017, the district partnered with The Trust for Public Land and Green Schoolyards America to launch a Living Schoolyards Initiative in Oakland to transform asphalt covered playgrounds into vibrant nature-based schoolyards. The $1,500,00.00 living schoolyard project at Cesar Chavez is one of the first fully built projects to demonstrate OUSD’s vision to transform asphalt-covered school grounds into spaces that promote children’s health and well-being, while creating green and ecologically rich community parks that connect children and their neighborhoods to the natural world outside their classroom door.

In 2019, the OUSD Board of Education unanimously approved a first-in-the-state policy endorsing the development of green schoolyards. “School grounds will have living schoolyards that support 21st-century education; promote children’s health, well-being and joy; and function as ecologically rich community schools that connect children and their neighborhoods to the natural world right outside their classroom door, every day,” the policy states.

“I commend Oakland Unified for being the first school district in California to adopt a green schoolyard policy to ensure that students, teachers and staff have healthy, and quality facilities that not only benefit the school but the surrounding community and environment,” said Guillermo Rodriguez, California State Director with The Trust for Public Land. “I hope other school districts are inspired by and replicate what Oakland is doing to improve not only educational outcomes but the well-being of children too,” added Rodriguez.

The planning of the living schoolyard at Cesar Chavez began three years ago by engaging the entire school community to take part in the design process. “Not only did we build a green schoolyard but we helped build a stronger school community by inviting staff, families, students and the surrounding community to dream about what a green schoolyard means to them,” said Alejandra Chiesa, Bay Area Program Director with The Trust for Public Land. “Engaging the school community was not just fun, it was also educational. We also used the design process to talk to students about what environmental stewardship and climate mean to them and how we can redesign their playground to be both a place for fun and one that improves the environment,” added Chiesa.

“Prior to the renovation if you were to walk by campus, you would essentially see a huge, long slab of asphalt,” said Karen Schreiner, principal of Think College Now Elementary School. “There was no shade. There was no place for kids to rest, and it would get super-hot.”

In the fall of 2019, students at International Community School, a dual-language elementary school, recorded surface temperatures that ranged from 109 degrees on the asphalt covered playground to 115 degrees on the plastic slide. A lack of trees and vegetation can help lead to extreme heat and it can worsen air pollution and exacerbate flooding. As climate change progresses, all three problems—which are interconnected in complex ways—are expected to become more severe.

“We have pretty high levels of asthma,” said Eleanor Alderman, principal of International Community School, which has 277 students, 90 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced price lunch. “Being able to have clean air and natural play areas will not only benefit the students but the whole community around our campus.”

OUSD’s Acting Facilities Director, Kenya Chatman is pleased to see the genesis of this effort, “The collaboration with people from the community to do these projects and push forward the work is the best way to offer this kind of benefit, because the community is so deeply invested. The District cannot do it alone and we depend on our partners, funders and most importantly, school communities to help us care for our school environments.”

The construction of the new living schoolyard at Cesar Chavez was funded by an Urban Greening Grant from the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Coastal Conservancy, and private donations.

On April 14, the California Natural Resources Agency announced the award of a $1.1 million grant to fund a similar renovation at Bridges Academy. Including this recent award, The Trust for Public Land has raised more than $5 million in public grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and Natural Resources Agency and private philanthropy from the Hellman Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation, Youth Outside, Union Bank, and other funders and supporters including The Trust for Public Land’s California Advisory Board, to transform other schools in the district. Markham Elementary, Melrose Leadership Academy, and Bridges Academy are the next Living Schoolyards projects that will be delivered as part of this partnership which focuses on increasing equity across OUSD by prioritizing schools that serve low-income neighborhoods.

The District held a news conference on Tuesday to show off the new space, and the star speaker was an ICS 5th grader named Allison.

Thank you Administrative Professionals!With so many of our school sites welcoming even more students back to campus this...
04/21/2021

Thank you Administrative Professionals!

With so many of our school sites welcoming even more students back to campus this week, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the unsung heroes of our school communities: administrative professionals. Today is Administrative Professionals Day and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating them for all they do for the district.

Administrative professionals perform invaluable roles in helping to create supportive school environments for students, teachers and staff alike. Their breadth of skill allows them to take on the challenges of a modern school district, including technology and office support, project management, communications with parents, staff, and students, and numerous other elements critical to the success of OUSD.

OUSD is always proud of the invaluable contributions of our Administrative Professionals, and we are doubly-excited to set aside this day of special recognition.

In Community,

Kyla Johnson-Trammell Tara Gard
Superintendent Chief Talent Officer

Thank you Administrative Professionals!

With so many of our school sites welcoming even more students back to campus this week, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the unsung heroes of our school communities: administrative professionals. Today is Administrative Professionals Day and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating them for all they do for the district.

Administrative professionals perform invaluable roles in helping to create supportive school environments for students, teachers and staff alike. Their breadth of skill allows them to take on the challenges of a modern school district, including technology and office support, project management, communications with parents, staff, and students, and numerous other elements critical to the success of OUSD.

OUSD is always proud of the invaluable contributions of our Administrative Professionals, and we are doubly-excited to set aside this day of special recognition.

In Community,

Kyla Johnson-Trammell Tara Gard
Superintendent Chief Talent Officer

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In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” More than half of our students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 87 District run schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. We are committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success.

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