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    "I want every African American boy to feel a deep sense of belonging at school." 
    - Curtiss Sarikey, Former Associate Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District

    Across interviews, the question, “What kind of experience do you want African American males to have in school?” produced particularly interesting responses that we believe highlight why the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) is such a necessary initiative to address the current education crisis facing African American male students in OUSD. On this question, many interviewees responded in similar ways. Overall, the key stakeholders explained that they wanted African American male students to feel valued and to have a school experience that was inviting, supportive, allowed them to be their authentic selves at all times, and that prepared them for productive lives once their formal schooling ended.

    Lean Into the Wind: Emerging Themes and Strategic Recommendations for AAMA 2.0 is the second installment in a series that documents and examines AAMA within OUSD. The themes outlined in the report document the approach, impact, successes, and challenges of the Office over the past four years (2010-2014). More importantly, emerging themes and recommendations provide the basis for executing the next iteration of the Office's work on behalf of District students.
    Emerging Themes and Recommendations:
    • Continue to Foster a District-wide Culture which Nurtures African American Male Achievement
    • Create an OUSD Office of Equity and Build an Equity Data Dashboard
    • Create Robust Professional Development and Supports
    • Expand and Deepen the Manhood Development Program
    • Engage Parents as Critical Allies
    • Develop a Robust Communications Strategy
    In order to be effective, these recommendations must be operationalized in the context of the OUSD Strategic Plan, which will be revised under the direction of the new Superintendent.
    This research project was funded by Open Society Foundations, The Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA), and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and was led by Gregory Hodge, Khepera Consulting; in partnership with Quentin Sankofa, Sirius Creativity and Aman Sebahtu. 
Last Modified on August 31, 2017