As I wrap up my time as Interim Superintendent, I want to thank the students, teachers, principals and community for your support over the last six months. While the assignment has been challenging, I’ve been honored to serve the District during such a difficult time. Transition is never easy, but it always results in growth and opportunity.
The Blueprint is an important step towards improving access to quality school environments and academic results. OUSD will be collaborating with families, community members and an experienced team of professionals to develop the plan – please make sure your voice is heard!
April is National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, a time to appreciate OUSD’s outstanding leadership as a multilingual District. This District leverages the cultural and linguistic resources of our student body by developing the multilingual abilities we believe will put them at an advantage.
Imagine for a moment a district where educators are both compensated and rewarded for their contributions in ways that reflect their impact on students. We are pursuing ways to become such a district by both improving our compensation structure and seeking ways to infuse OUSD with outside support.
At OUSD, we listen to the voices of girls and create programs that respond to their unique needs. My own experiences as a young girl and awareness of how much work needs to be done in our schools inspire me to lead this work forward and make a positive impact on our student’s lives.
Living in Oakland is a gift. Our children are exposed to culture in a way that demands responsiveness. Social justice is part of the fabric of this great city.
Tomorrow is not only the inauguration day of a new President of the United States, it’s also an important teaching moment that we are prepared for and will process as a community.