• OUSD OFFICE OF EQUITY

    OUSD Office of Equity

     

    In 2016, Oakland Unified School District launched the Office of Equity to focus on improving systemic culture, conditions, and competencies across the district in order to better serve children and families situated furthest from opportunity. At OUSD, equity means providing each student with the academic, social and emotional supports they need to prepare for college, career, and community success in the future.  


    The Office of Equity was established to:

    • eliminate the correlation between social and cultural factors and probability of success;
    • examine biases, interrupt and eliminate inequitable practices, and create inclusive and just conditions for all students; and
    • discover and cultivate the unique gifts, talents, and interests that every student possesses.

     

    Summit Flyer

     

    Please join us for the 1st OUSD

    Racial Justice, Equity & Healing Summit!

     

    Friday, January 31st Buyback Professional Development Day

    11am-3pm @ Manzanita SEED, 2409 E 27th St, Oakland, CA 94601

    (Parking available on campus courtyard.)

     

    *** REGISTRATION is NOW FULL!  We've had overwhelming interest and will plan for more workshops for Fall's Buyback Day! ***

     

    First 30 attendees will receive a copy of the new book

    "How to Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi!

     

    Download PDF Flyer HERE

     

    Tentative Schedule:

     

    11:00 Registration & Lunch

     

    11:30-12:30 Opening 

    • Welcome & Student Testimonial

    • Honoring the Land & Acknowledging Our Racist Histories

    • Getting Clear About Definitions

     

    12:30-2:30pm Workshops:

    • An Introduction to Racial Justice, Equity & Healing: How White Supremacy Shows Up In our Schools

    • We All Have Bias: The Brain, How We See Our Students & Impacts in the Classroom

    • How To Be an Antiracist Educator in Oakland: Tools, Practices & Structures

    • How Racism in Schools Traumatizes Our Students: Building Relationship-Centered Schools

     

    2:30-3pm Closing in Workshops

    • Being Allies in Solidarity With Each Other

      • One-on-One Reflections

      • Visioning, Commitments & Closing

     

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

     

    An Introduction to Racial Justice, Equity & Healing: How does White Supremacy show up in schools?

     

    Facilitators: Raquel Jimenez, Equity; Peter Van Tassel, Cleveland Elementary 

     

    We will build a common understanding of our shared legacy of oppression, white supremacy and its impact on our thinking, actions, and work as anti-racist educators.

     

    We All Have Bias: The Brain & Impacts on Student Achievement

     

    Facilitators: Lailan Huen, Equity & API Student Achievement; Barb McClung, Behavioral Health

     

    To ensure that all students succeed in Oakland and to implement equity in the classroom, participants will build their capacity for racial literacy and will engage in an exploration of implicit bias: the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Reflecting on how our experiences and associations can influence our efficacy as educators, participants will explore self-reflection and curriculum tools that promote racial equity and justice in our schools.

     

    How To Be an Antiracist Educator in Oakland: Tools, Practices & Structures

     

    Facilitators: Diane Lang, Manzanita SEED; Teacher Recruitment & Retention Team

     

    This workshop is for educators who are developing their critical consciousness intending to identify the ways in which racism and colonialism marginalize students and families. This workshop is to explore the practices and policies that perpetuate systemic inequity in your classroom. Then develop strategies to interrupt racist practices within your sphere of influence.

     

    How Racism in Schools Traumatizes Our Students: Building Relationship-Centered Schools

     

    Facilitators: Californians for Justice; Urana Jackson, Behavioral Health; Heather Manchestor, Restorative Justice

     

    Often when the subject of trauma is presented, the link between trauma and racism is hardly explored. It becomes apparent through understanding this link why relationships and creating culturally responsive spaces are a fundamental feature for student success and well-being. Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to self reflect and explore practices needed to help students to feel safe, empowered and supported in our schools. In addition, OUSD students will share their personal experiences of why and how we need to foster culturally responsive spaces. Californians for Justice will introduce deep (constructivist) listening tools to learn some best practices for interrupting bias and engage in self- reflection practices to improve relationships and achievement.

     

    Please contact Lailan.Huen@ousd.org & Raquel.Jimenez@ousd.org with any questions!

     

    REPORT


    We invite you to read the OUSD Office of Equity 2017-2018 Year-End Report that highlights the work of African American Female Excellence, African American Male Achievement, Latino/a Student Achievement, Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement, OUSD LGBTQ Programs, and Meaningful Family Engagement. 

    Please click here to access the full report.

     

     

  • OFFICE OF EQUITY
    West Oakland Middle School
    991 14th Street
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Phone: 510.879.2938
    Website: www.ousd.org/equity

     

     

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    Thank you for supporting the Office of Equity. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Oakland Public Education Fund, and can be applied to our general fund, or to one of our targeted initiatives.