October 8, 2015
In the Oakland Unified School District, we believe, that given the right supports, ALL students can achieve at high levels and graduate college, career and community ready. We believe that students’ cultures and experiences are tremendous assets that we must leverage for their own learning and that of their community. We believe that ALL students in our system must have access to high quality instruction, Common Core curriculum, and social emotional learning. Our vision is that all Oakland communities and school departments embrace students with disabilities and provide resources and support so that Every Student Thrives!
Two years ago, our Programs for Exceptional Children (OUSD’s Special Education) team began working with the community to develop a 3-year Roadmap for Programs for Exceptional Children that leads to greater success for all the students with disabilities. Our district’s investment in special education has been increasing, including the per-pupil funding, and it is important our students’ results increase as well.
I’d like to briefly share our 2015-16 Priorities, and encourage you to come hear our presentation to the Board of Education on Wednesday, October 14 in the Great Room of La Escuelita (open session starts at 5 pm).
Priority 1: We will meet the academic and social emotional needs of all students with disabilities by collaborating with all central office departments to create a continuum of least restrictive environments that includes specialized programs and inclusion in the general education classrooms.
Priority 2: We will continue to advance quality instruction for students with special needs in all our programs and in general education through high-quality differentiated materials and ongoing professional development that allow
teachers to hone their craft and better meet the needs of our diverse learners.
Priority 3: We will develop and align accountable and measurable data systems and processes to measured desired outcomes.
Priority 4: We will develop and align central office policies and practices to ensure we meet state compliance requirements and allow for transparency with the community.