Ceremony will celebrate high achievers with “Education, Our Priority” theme.
Oakland – March 22, 2013 – On Saturday, April 6, 2013, The Educational Coalition for Hispanics in Oakland (ECHO) and The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) will honor over 1,800 Latino middle and high school students who have maintained a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and who are on course to attend college.
This is a major community celebration each year. Last spring’s proud students, eager parents and an appreciative community overflowed the event, and this year promises to be even more festive.
Today there are over 18,000 Latino students in the OUSD, and they comprise the largest single ethnic group. Unfortunately, academic success still eludes most of these students. Last year less than 500 Latino high school students were UC or CSUC eligible.
“The Latino Student Honor Roll gives a boost to those students who are successful while setting a benchmark for all Latino students,” an honoree student said last year.
Noel Gallo, former OUSD Board of Education Director and the newest District Five City Council Person, and Ignacio De La Fuente, former vice Mayor of Oakland who successfully championed the creation of the nation’s strongest language access ordinance, will be our keynote speakers this year.
Emma Roos, 510-710-1951, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorge Lerma, at 510- 967-5860, email@example.com
Blanca Perez, 510-538-1143, firstname.lastname@example.org
During the summer of 2012, I participated in a program called ECCO (Exploring College and Career Options) in which I did an internship at Merritt College. My mentor's name is Ms. Marta Zielke. She has been involved with the Spanish-speaking population at Merritt as a counselor for many years. I found working in an office atmosphere very fulfilling. The first thing I had to do was set-up a blog for the Centro Latino Program, which has a summer bridge program for incoming freshmen. One of my jobs was to explain to the students how to use the blog and the Facebook page also created for the program. I also created an Excel spreadsheet with all of the contact information of the student in the program.
I was amazed at how much extra effort my mentor put into each individuals’ education and progress. One of the things I learned was a greater respect for the community college education system. I plan on doing my undergraduate education at Merritt in the coming school year.
Internship Host Ms. Marty Zielke, with OUSD students Tesia Tuia and Linked Learning Blog Contest Third Place winner Ayrianna Nelson
In the Education Academy at Skyline, I participate in Reading Partners. This work-based learning experience consists of me going to Cox Academy Elementary School every Monday and Thursday. During these two days I am with a fifth grader, helping her improve her reading skills, vocabulary, grammar, etc. I read to her for the first ten minutes and then she is given a lesson that we both work on together. The lesson helps her with a particular reading skill and on how to be a good reader. At the end of every lesson I write a summary of our session and keep track of the things that are important.
Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers. The mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable events.
During this work-based learning experience I am able to develop new skills and practice ones I already have. For example patience, because kids who struggle are not at the same level as you. You have to go at their pace and then improve. Another skill is observing effectively, to know what we need to work on together and improve. I ask questions during our session and make sure she understands the lesson. It also gives me an opportunity to work with children and make a difference in someone's life.
As part of the Education Academy Peer Education class, I participated in a summer internship at the Native American Health Center. This work-based learning experience consisted of assisting departments and working with young children at one of their school-based health centers. I spent about five weeks interning, doing office work, and being a person who the students can look up to.
Native American Health Center is a non-profit organization serving California Bay Area Native population and others. They help under-served populations with medical needs for all ages. Not only do they have a main center, they have also developed many school-based health centers at middle and high schools.
I developed many skills during this summer internship, I learned to manage time effectively and to stay on track and not get distracted. I had to think creatively in order to make fun and informative bulletins for the students and staff. I was able to gather and organize information I found through the Internet, magazines, brochures, and resource papers. When I was not sure, I asked many questions to clarify everything.
The photo above is of Linked Learning Blog Contest Winner Tien Mai, during her ECCO Summer WEE Internship Seminar.
The OUSD College & Career Readiness Office recently held a Linked Learning Blog Contest for OUSD Linked Learning pathway and academy students. All students enrolled in an academy or pathway were invited to enter the contest and to share their experiences with work-based learning. Students were asked to share where they participated in their work-based learning, with whom they worked, and the skills they developed as a result of their work.
We are pleased to announce the top five Linked Learning Blog Contest entries:
1st Place: Tien Mai
2nd Place: Roche Washington
3rd Place: Ayrianna Nelson
Honorable Mention: Juan Ledezma
Honorable Mention: Isabella Llamas
Congratulations to all the students who submitted entries, and a special congratulations to our first, second, and third place winners, whose blog entries will be featured in subsequent posts.
For more information about Linked Learning in OUSD, please visit: http://www.ousd.k12.ca.us/linkedlearning
The OUSD College & Career Readiness Office recently held a Linked Learning Blog Contest for OUSD Linked Learning pathway and academy students. All students enrolled in an academy or a pathway were invited to enter the contest and to share their experiences with work-based learning. Students were asked to share where they participated in their work-based learning, with whom they worked, and the skills they developed as a result of their work.
Twenty-seven students submitted blogs entires to be considered. These are some of our favorite quotes from their submissions:
“I got really comfortable with speaking to underclassmen… I spoke clearly for the first time because I knew the information I was saying was really helpful.”
“One of the skills that I developed during this work-based learning experience was exhibiting maturity, confidence, flexibility, and self-control.”
“As a result of my participation, I have developed communication skills with peers and gained knowledge for making informed decisions of my own.”
“In the past few months, I have acquired new techniques that will help me in the future, like considering other people’s opinions, thinking of creative solutions, and I have gotten better at my public speaking. Lunchtime mentoring helped me become a better person.”
The academy or pathway with the winning submissions will be awarded $500 for the first place winner, $250 for the second place winner, and $100 for the third place winner. The funds will go to provide additional funding for marketing and recruitment efforts of the winning programs. Thank you to all who participated in the contest!
The winners will be announced on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
On February 4th 2013, a group of community school managers and Family, School, and Community Partnership staff from Oakland Unified Schools visited Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco. The purpose of the visit was to share and learn about how Hillcrest has implemented and sustained one of the most robust community schools in the Bay Area.
Specifically, the goals of the site visit were to, (1) Develop a shared understanding of the community school vision among Hillcrest and its partners and (2) Begin a discussion of how Hillcrest measures impact in their work.
The Hillcrest story is a familiar one in urban education circles. Hillcrest Elementary is in located between the Portola and Excelsior neighborhoods in southeast San Francisco. Hillcrest is isolated from many services, and has limited access via public transportation. 89.9% of Hillcrest’s 455 students qualify for free/reduced-price lunch, 48% are English Learners, and 16% have designated special needs. The majority of their students come from the Bayview/Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, which are dense poverty zones with high crime rates. Further, many of their families struggle with housing and economic insecurity, and many are recent immigrants from China, Mexico, and Central America. Hillcrest’s community school model has enabled them to provide an interwoven set of supports for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Hillcrest began its evolution as a community school in 2004. Research shows that successful community schools increase test scores, improve attendance, promote parent involvement, and decrease school violence. Hillcrest’s community school model combines a strong literacy-focused academic program with 35 community partnerships to help serve the needs of both our students and their families. At Hillcrest, they had a number of rooms and places for parent volunteers to be engaged in the school. Further, they had a community garden that was being cultivated through shared staff and student work.
During our visit we discussed the five focal areas of community schooling at Hillcrest, all of which are supported and connected through intentional program coordination, integration and alignment are the following:
1) Rigorous, Inquiry-Based and Literacy-Focused Academic Program
2) Seamless Day and Year: After School and Summer Programming
3) Family Engagement
4) Health and Wellness
5) Community Engagement
OUSD staff saw and experienced how a full-service community school looks from the inside-out in strategizing and building our full-service community school district in Oakland. Similarly, staff from Hillcrest learned from OUSD, as well. This was a mutually enriching experience in which lots of energy and ideas sprouted! This experience is a part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) which is a space in which like-minded colleagues come together to learn and share experience and knowledge with and from one another.